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Lunch and Learn: Accessible Social Media

Online Program

From Twitter to TikTok, social media is where a massive number of people find their news, seek entertainment, and socialize. But just how accessible are each of the big social networks? How do you navigate them with a disability, and how do you make the content you host on them accessible to others? Come to […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event

Access 101: An Introduction to Disability and Accessibility

Zoom

What is disability? What is accessibility? This session will provide a basic introduction to the world of accessibility in cultural spaces.  Learn how accessibility is defined over a broad array of varying abilities, and how we can engage to create more accessible experiences in your cultural institutions. Zoom Meeting Notes Registered participants will receive a […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event

Access 101: Individual Perspectives

Zoom

How do people identify with disabilities? How varied are people’s experiences with access in different cultural spaces?  Join us as our guest speakers share their accessibility experiences both living and working in cultural spaces.  Learn what accessibility means from the perspectives of our panelists, and how we can think and engage with others around accessibility […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event

An Open Book Conversation with Emily Ladau and Risa Jaz Rifkind

Zoom

Raise funds for CCAC and enjoy a virtual fireside conversation with activists Emily Ladau and Risa Jaz Rifkind. They’ll discuss Emily’s new book, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally, and dive into rich conversation around access, identity, intersectionality and more. An audience Q & A portion will […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning

Lunch and Learn: How to use the CCAC Equipment Loan Program

Zoom
Virtual Event

Curious about CCAC's Equipment Loan Program and how it works? Join Steering Committee members past and present as we share the goals of the program, updates on  how to access resources, as well as how the program has helped shape accessibility initiatives for our users. This program will also explore some "how-to's" and goals of […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning

Lunch and Learn: Aesthetics & Accessibility

Online Program

February 18, 12- 1 pm CST Let's talk about the friction between aesthetics and accessibility and how cultural presenters, producers, and artists can engage to create work with accessibility baked into the aesthetic from the start. CCAC Lunch & Learns are informal discussion forums open to the community. Sessions are facilitated by CCAC Steering Committee […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event

Cultural Communities Advancing Disability Rights

Chicago

How can cultural institutions utilize a disability rights lens to advance inclusion? Join CCAC for a brief history lesson on disability rights followed by a rich panel discussion integrating diverse perspectives. Expert guests will discuss components of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Principles of Universal Design (and more) as they relate to employees, patrons […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning

BIPOC Providers Part One: ASL Interpreters

Chicago
Virtual Event

BIPOC Providers Part One: ASL Interpreters  May 3rd 3:00 PM Central Time How does language mediate and affect access to crucial information and spaces? Why might the identity of the interpreter matter? Join us as our guest speakers explore the importance of representation and cultural sensitivity in our decisions about who to hire. Learn how […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event

BIPOC Providers Part Two: Audio Describers

Online Program

BIPOC Providers Part Two: Audio Describers May 10th 3:00 PM Central Time How should we describe people who vary in terms of race, gender, disability, age and body shape? Why might the identity and voice of the describer matter? Join us as our guest speakers explore the importance of representation and cultural sensitivity in our […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event

LEAD Conference Share Out 2022

Zoom

Gain key takeaways from your Chicago colleagues who attended the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference. Hear what folks were excited by and challenged to try next in their accessibility journey. The LEAD Conference provides an opportunity for arts and culture professionals to develop accessibility best practices and resources; engage in conversations with colleagues […]

CCAC Social

Tap House Bar at Steppenwolf 1646 N Halsted St, Chicago

We at the CCAC have loved getting together at our virtual events these past few years, and now we are super excited to share our passion for accessibility in person again (socially distanced of course)!   We welcome you to join our social event at the expanded Steppenwolf campus, in their new full-service Tap House Bar […]

  • All Gender Restrooms
  • ASL Interpreted
  • Braille Programs
  • Large Print Programs
  • Masks Required
  • Sensory Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Lunch and Learn: Ask About Alt Text with Bojana Coklyat

Zoom

Spend an hour with Bojana Coklyat discussing what Alt Text is, tips for writing it, and the artistry involved. Capturing the important elements of an image can be challenging, especially when describing people in photos and identifying the “purpose” of the picture. Bring your questions and join us for some Alt Text practice to put […]

  • ASL Interpreted
  • Captioning
  • Free Event
  • Image Descriptions