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A Showcase of Accessible Services for Theater

Theater on the Lake 2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

Members of the creative, production, access and audience teams that performed "Project Potential" will discuss the fundamentals of each accessible service.

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Audio Description

Serving Older Adults in Cultural Institutions

Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

Hear from panelists representing cultural administrators and partner organizations about how they are better considering older adults in their programming and services.

New Year Access Resolutions

Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark Street, Chicago

Plan practical strategies to meet your goals, and leave with a network of professionals to support your next steps—whether it’s starting anew or building out your existing accessible offerings.

Leading Accessible Virtual Programs

Online Program

Successfully integrate accessibility, such as captioning, ASL interpreters, and audio description, into your next staff meeting or public program using the provided tools and strategies.

  • ASL Interpreted

PANEL: Intro to Cultural Accessibility

Online Program
Featured

Take the first (or second, third, or fourth!) steps toward creating a more inclusive experience at your organization, even if the pandemic has your organization working solely in virtual space.

Online Programming for All Learners

Online Program

Learn how to integrate best practices for effectively engaging individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities through virtual programming.

Access Book Club- What Can a Body Do? with Sara Hendren

Online Program

Join your CCAC friends for a special program with Sara Hendren, author of the new book What Can a Body Do? Hendren’s work explores the intersection of our physical abilities and the built environment. Close out 2020 with us by taking a step back to explore the nuances and opportunities inherent in the accessibility work we are all doing and reflect on how we can better serve our communities in 2021 and beyond. This program will feature remarks by the author followed by time for questions and discussion.

Discussion: Linking Inclusion and Anti-racism

Online Program

Anti-racism and disability inclusion is all of our responsibility. Join us for an interactive conversation to begin exploring how access is linked to anti-racism and needed in all cultural spaces. No prior experience or knowledge is required, but a commitment to watching a required video and being ready to actively participate in small group discussion is expected.

CCAC Lunch and Learn: Intro to CCAC Steering Committee

Online Program
Virtual Event

In this “Ask Me Anything” Lunch and Learn, join current members of the CCAC Steering Committee to delve into the responsibilities of the Consortium. If you or someone you know in the Chicagoland area is interested in being involved on a leadership level with CCAC, then this is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what the expectations are.

  • Captioning

CCAC Lunch and Learn: Disability in Children’s Literature

Zoom

Children’s literature is a critical tool in helping children to understand the world around them. One perspective often not captured in children’s literature, or captured ineffectively, is that of the disability experience. Although diverse representation in children’s literature is an ongoing challenge to be addressed, we as consumers can take responsive action through a more mindful assessment of the books we choose to integrate into our professional work.

Ask About Access

Online Program
Virtual Event

We all want our programs, our spaces, and our online events to be accessible to as many folks as possible , but it’s easy to feel out of your depth, especially when you’re first starting to implement services such as captioning, sign language interpretation, or audio description into your programming. Here’s the time and space to ask accessibility providers and users where you can begin, what they recommend, and how to build a program or event that works for your guests.

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Virtual

Adapting and Advancing: Cultural Accessibility During the Pandemic and Beyond-Day One

Online Program

Living during a pandemic has transformed the way we present cultural programming - revealing both limitations and limitless opportunities. Join us on Day One of a two-day series as we explore how cultural organizations have inventively adapted to incorporate accessibility into their work during the past year.

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Virtual Program