Professional Development

Learn best practices to grow your understanding of accessibility.

Left to right: People on stage: A speaker holds a microphone. A person next to him laughs, holding a microphone. An ASL interpreter interprets.

Learning from each other

If you work or volunteer in a museum, theater or cultural organization in the Chicago region – even if “access” isn’t in your job description, we invite you to join us. For true inclusion to be achieved, accessibility must be the responsibility of everyone, regardless of your department or the size or your organization’s budget.

Beginners in the field, as well as those with experience in cultural accessibility, are invited to attend programs, ask questions, share resources, and most importantly: support one another’s progress. Cultural accessibility is complex, and our work is never done.

A donation is suggested to cover our costs of the speaker and access services. Payment is optional.

Workshop Topics

Workshops range from beginner topics to more advanced conversations, from interdisciplinary conversations to deep dives with a specialized focus. Our goal remains to explore how our organizations can better include and welcome guests with disabilities. We share practical information to help you remove barriers within your institution.

Workshop Coordination

The CCAC Steering Committee sets the schedule and coordinates programs. Feedback and program ideas are welcome: email [email protected].

CCAC has been integral to furthering my knowledge base, which has translated to an overall better experience for the patrons coming to our theater.

– Theater Administrator

Upcoming Programs


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

Online Program
Dec 04, 2020
3:00pm to 4:30pm

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.