This page contains helpful information for people working towards access and inclusion, and appropriate, respectful language. Click on the various links to access additional information.


Social relationships with people with disabilities need not be awkward - here are a few pointers.

Additional tips and helpful hints from the
Shepherd Center web site.


For Federal ADA rules for venues allowing service

Information on organizations to obtain a service animal in Georgia view this link:

What Counts as a Service Animal in Georgia?Under Georgia law, those who are blind or have a visual disability, are deaf, or have another physical disability may bring a guide dog or service dog into public accommodations. The dog must have been trained specially to provide assistance by a school for seeing-eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs. The law defines a physical disability as a physiological deficiency or defect that renders the person unable to move around without aid, or limits the ability to walk, climb, ascend, sit, rise, or perform related functions. Note that this definition doesn’t include mental, developmental, or intellectual disabilities. Therefore, psychiatric service animals are likely not covered by the law, unless they assist someone who also has a disability that creates the mobility or sensory restrictions discussed above.
The ADA defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to perform tasks or do work for the benefit of a person with a physical or mental disability. (In some cases, a miniature horse may also qualify as a service animal under the ADA.) The tasks or work the animal does must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Neither law covers ordinary pets or what some call “emotional support animals”: animals that provide a sense of safety, companionship, and comfort to those with psychiatric or emotional disabilities or conditions. Although these animals often have therapeutic benefits, they are not individually trained to perform specific tasks for their handlers. Under the ADA and Georgia law, owners of public accommodations are not required to allow emotional support animals, only service animals.

Rules for Your Service Animal in GeorgiaYou may not be charged extra to bring your service animal to any public accommodation. However, you may be required to pay for any damage your animal causes.
A public accommodation is not required to allow your service animal to remain if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. If, for example, your service dog is growling and lunging at other patrons, and you are unable to stop the behavior, the dog might have to leave. An establishment may also exclude a service animal that isn’t housebroken or is out of control.

People First Language

Some people with disabilities prefer the use of People First Language. An introduction to the concept and practice can be found here.

Inclusive Stock Photos

Photoability has been collecting and creating stock media photos that are inclusive of positive images of people with disabilities.

Disability Access Symbols

The Graphic Artists Guild provides downloadable symbols for use in promoting and publicizing the accessibility of venues and programs; the twelve symbols are useful in advertising and promoting services to customers, audiences, staff and supporters.

Resources for Artists

The Coalition for Disabled Musicians, Inc is located here.

Resources in information about Deaf View/Image Art (De'VIA) is here at
Deaf Art.

National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual, performing, media and literary arts communities. Resource directories, annotated bibliographies, links and conference listings serve the advanced artist.

Discovering Disability: Data and NYC Dance

This publication explores Dance Making and Disability.

Disability Funders Network

The Disability Funders Network was founded in 1994 with a mission to ensure that the issues surrounding disability; employment, housing, access to community, receive the same attention from the philanthropic community as similar issues in the community at large.

General Information About Disability and Access

ADAPT is a national organization focused on promoting integration into the community instead of asking people with disabilities to live in nursing homes and other institutions.

The US Government maintains a comprehensive resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Department of Justice has a comprehensive guide to technical standards, Enforcement and Code

Education Resources

This is a great resource for exploring school curriculum requirements as they pertain to the arts.

This are several sites that include a list of accredited online colleges and Disability Education resources. Resources specific to Georgia are included, and searchable,

Tools for Access

Many people ask us for easy guides on issues involving access responsibilities in their venues.

This is a great visual for hanging artwork at a height comfortable for just about everyone.

Here are five simple concepts to think about when designing a website for accessibility by Sumac Research.

The Smithsonian published a guide for creating Art Exhibitions that are more accessible.
We have it archived

Here is a copy of the NEA's Guide for Cultural Administrators.

"Putting Creativity To Work"
VSA The International Organization on Arts and Disabilities
located in The Kennedy Center