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PAST WORKSHOP ARCHIVES

To serve as a resource for Chicagoland's cultural spaces, we strive to archive our past programs through video recordings, and share transcripts and hand-outs.

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Accessible Outdoor Events

Thursday, April 20, 2017
at
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 East Grand Avenue, Skyline Room, 6th floor
Get ready for summer in Chicago with this session devoted to providing accessible events outside!
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Creating a staff training plan for access and inclusion

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Victory Gardens - The Zacek McVay Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614)
Learn how to create a low-cost, ongoing staff training plan for access and inclusion for all staff and volunteers.
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Brittany Pyle, Director of Audience Services with the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Lynn Walsh, Manager of Accessibility and Inclusion with Shedd Aquarium will provide you with the tools needed to answer these questions and help you create your own training plan.
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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CCAC Social

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Front Bar (1700 N Halsted next to Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
CCAC Social is a new opportunity to casually gather (with or without a cocktail in hand) and discuss accessibility-related topics with colleagues from other Chicago cultural organizations
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Multisensory Strategies

Thursday, December 1, 2016
at
Art Institute of Chicago, Ryan Education Center, Studio C
Visual Language, Verbal Description, and Multisensory Strategies
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Annie Leist, Special Projects Lead of Art Beyond Sight, based in New York, NY.
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Accommodating requests for accessible services

Friday, October 28, 2016
at
Edlis Neeson Theater - Museum Of Contemporary Art
Accommodating requests for accessible services: The law, responsibility and customer service.
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Betty Siegel from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Snapshot Sessions from LEAD Conference

Thursday, September 8, 2016
at
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
Couldn't make the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference in Pittsburgh? We'll bring the conference to you!
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Marketing Strategies to Expand and Retain Your Audience with Disabilities

Thursday, May 12, 2016
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Learn from those who made headway marketing to audiences with disabilities.
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Peter Berg, Project Coordinator for Technical Assistance and Employer Outreach - Great Lakes ADA Center, Bess Fetherstone, Account Executive - Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications and Julie Stanton, Director of Marketing - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Chicago's First Sensory-Friendly Cultural Programming Summit

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Chicago Cultural Center
Co-presented with SPD Parent Zone. Cultural administrators are invited to Chicago's First Sensory-Friendly Summit to learn how to better welcome those with sensory issues to your organization.
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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DARE TO IMAGINE: Creative Engagement in an Aging Society with Anne Basting

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
The world is aging. If we are lucky, we're all aging, too. How do we shift from Tsunami/destruction metaphors to seeing strength and capacity?
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Calling 911: Is Your Cultural Organization Prepared for An Emergency?

Thursday, February 25, 2016
at
Art Institute of Chicago
Does your orgnization have an accessible emergency plan?
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Sally Garrison, FOH Coordinator, Tempe Center for the Arts (presented via Skype); Vince Gortner, Director of Visitor Services, Morton Arboretum; Jessica Mitchell, Region V Disability Integration Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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TECHNOLOGY FOR ACCESS: Innovation, Inspiration & Implementation

Thursday, January 28, 2016
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
This workshop will explore innovative and inspirational technology being used or considered by cultural organizations to help improve access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
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Sina Bahram, President, Prime Access Consulting, Inc.; Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Director of Digital Media, Museum of Contemporary Art; Susan Chun, Chief Content Officer, Museum of Contemporary Art; Steve Landau, Research Director, Touch Graphics
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Creating an Access Plan

Thursday, October 29, 2015
at
Shedd Aquarium
Join our panel discussion to learn tips on creating an Access Plan at your organization.
Moderator:
Jason Harrington (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)
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Dawn Koceja (Milwaukee Public Museum), Kris Nesbitt (Shedd Aquarium), Brittany Pyle (Chicago Humanities Festival), Mike Shaw (Writers Theatre)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Implementing Ideas from the LEAD Conference at your Cultural Space

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Museum of Contemporary Art
Couldn't make the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference? We'll bring the conference to you!
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Ashleigh Braggs, Tamara Biggs, Kris Nesbitt, Kelly Pavich, Hillary Pearson, Brittany Pyle, Sophia Shrand, Summer Snow
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Inclusive Programming for Children with Disabilities

Thursday, May 14, 2015
at
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Inclusive programming for children with disabilities
Moderator:
Jaclyn Peterson (Shedd Aquarium)
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Tsivia Cohen (Chicago Children’s Museum), Mark Freedlund (Brookfield Zoo), Josh Radinsky (parent of a child with Down syndrome), Katie Yohe (Chicago Children’s Theater and ABLE)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Funding Accessibility

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
at
Access Living
Whether you've been tossed into the ring of grant writing with little to no training or are a seasoned development office, this seminar is for you.
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Sarah Breen-Bartecki (Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo); Suzanne Connor (Chicago Community Trust); Evan Hatfield (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Hilary Odom (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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Getting Started with Access

Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Chicago Cultural Center
Join us to learn how you can make incremental improvements to ensure ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and a more inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors with disabilities.
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Betty Siegel and Jack Catlin
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Accessible Seating and Ticketing

Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Chicago Cultural Center
A continuation of the Getting Started with Access workshop focused on seating and ticketing.
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Betty Siegel from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

The Elements of Outreach: Strategic Marketing to the Disability Community

Thursday, February 12, 2015
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Art Institue of Chicago
Strategic Marketing Outreach to the Disability Community with speakers Rooshey Hasnain, Angela Mascarenas, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi.
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Speakers: Rooshey Hasnain, Angela Mascarenas, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Forging Alliances: The Creation of Access and Advisory Committees

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Steppenwolf Garage Theatre
You don't have to go it alone! Internal access committees and external advisory committees can help your organization, and support and further your accessibility initiatives.
Moderator:
Evan Hatfield (Steppenwolf Theatre Company & CCAC Co-Chair)
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Rachel Arfa (Equip for Equality), Jason Harrington (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Jaclyn Peterson (Lincoln Park Zoo), Lynn Walsh (CCAC Co-Chair)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Providing Programs and Services for Visitors with Various Cognitive and Behavioral Disabilities

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Art Institute of Chicago
We'll walk you through tips and current best practices that you may consider when exploring new initiatives addressing the needs of this audience within your cultural spaces.
Moderator:
Robin Jones (Great Lakes ADA Center)
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Gerri Fiterman-Persin (CJE SeniorLife), Christena Gunther (CCAC Founder & Elmhurst Historical Museum), Jacqueline Russell (Chicago Children's Theater), Lucas Livingston (Art Institute of Chicago)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Implementing Ideas from LEAD in Your Cultural Space

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Lincoln Park Zoo
Couldn't make the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference? We'll bring the conference to you!
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Facilitators: Rachel Arfa, Anna Cosner, Christena Gunther, Rick Kay, Lynn Walsh
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Providing Services and Programming for Guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
This workshop offers a survey of services and programming that cultural institutions can provide to be more accessible for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Moderator:
Jason Harrington, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
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Evan Hatfield (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Rachel Arfa (Equip for Equality), Christena Gunther (CCAC Founder & Elmhurst Historical Museum), Patti Shore Kaden (ASL interpreter)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Providing Services and Programming for Guests who are Blind or Have Low Vision

Friday, April 25, 2014
at
Access Living
This workshop will offer a survey of services and programming that cultural institutions can provide to make themselves accessible for visitors who are blind or have low vision.
Moderator:
Evan Hatfield (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
Panel:
George Abbott, Beth Finke, Christena Gunther (Elmhurst Historical Museum), Lucas Livingston (Art Institute of Chicago)
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)
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This is How We Roll: Rolling out the Red Carpet to Welcome Visitors with Disabilities Affecting Mobility

Thursday, March 20, 2014
at
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office
It's time to roll out the red carpet and bring full access to visitors who utilize wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, strollers and other assistive devices.
Moderator:
Jaclyn Peterson, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Sandie Yi, University of Illinois at Chicago, Access Living
Panel:
Gary Arnold of Access Living and Little People of America, Mike Ervin of Victory Gardens Access Project, Theresa Pacione of Bodies of Work: Network of Disability Arts and Culture (BOW) and CCAC, Carrie Sandahl of University of Illinois at Chicago and BOW, Gus Zografopolous of Open Doors Organization
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

Disability Awareness Training for Front-Line Staff

Thursday, February 27, 2014
at
Art Institute of Chicago
Disability awareness training for your staff will introduce themes and instill skills that will enhance the quality of all of your customer service initiatives.
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Facilitators: Risa Rifkind, Open Doors Organization, and Rachel Arfa, Equip for Equality
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Eric Lipp of Open Doors Organization, Lynn Walsh of Chicago Children's Museum, Jacqueline Russell, Chicago Children's Theatre and Kris Nesbitt of the Shedd Aquarium.
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)

ADA 101: The ADA & Cultural Spaces

Monday, February 3, 2014
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Lincoln Park Zoo
A panel of local cultural administrators practically discuss how different-sized cultural organizations--representing a variety of budgets and facilities--have approached different aspects of the law.
Moderator:
Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center
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Christena Gunther, Elmhurst Historical Museum; Evan Hatfield, Steppenwolf Theatre; Lynn Walsh, Chicago Children's Museum and Philip Dawkins, Victory Gardens.
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VIDEO (WITH CAPTIONS)