Education Committee Resources

The Four Rivers Education Committee is happy to share important resources with partners.

Accessibility

New! Information on the languages that AACPS students speak at home.

Notes from Accessibility Matters! speaker Robert Forloney: “Here are materials that might be useful for the participants at the ADA/accessibility workshop. These are among the best that I pointed out but there are many more I mentioned available to download on-line by PDF. Always happy to assist the group in their efforts to improve the visitor experience.”

Design-for-Accessibility – A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook

Smithsonian Guidelines For Accessible Design

Smithsonian Exhibit Guidelines

Universal Design Learning Guidelines

 

Other Resources on ADA and other Compliance Issues:

Handouts from AAM Webinar on Accessibility, “Stories of Inclusion”:

1 Inclusion Handout Final

2 Inclusion Handout Master

3 Inclusion Handout Final

ADA UPDATE: A Primer for Small Business

Choosing Words with Dignity: Disabilities Language Guide — People with disabilities, like other minority groups, are actively seeking full civil rights. They want to be accepted in their communities as equals. Your portrayal of individuals with handicapping conditions can greatly affect the public’s perception of their worth. What you write and what you say can enhance the dignity of people with disabilities and can promote positive attitudes about their abilities. Let your descriptive words emphasize the person’s worth and abilities, not the disabling condition. Refer to the person first rather than the disability.

ADA guide to Effective Communication: http://www.ada.gov/effective-comm.htm
The purpose of the effective communication rules is to ensure that the person with a vision, hearing, or speech disability can communicate with, receive information from, and convey information to, the [site].

Christena Gunther, a consultant, and Founder and Co-Chair of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium,  recommends: When issues like this arise, it’s helpful to call your regional ADA Center for confidential technical assistance about what your obligations are. I call frequently with questions, and usually I am helped on the phone or called back a day later with an answer. You can locate your ADA center here: https://adata.org/national-network. Or you can call tel:1-800-949-4232 and you’ll be connected to the closest ADA center near you.”

ADA Nondiscrimination document: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.htm

ADA Standards for Accessible Design: http://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm

Design Standards for Accessible Parking Spaces: Design Standards for Accessible Parking Spaces

Breastfeeding and Maryland Law: Breastfeeding and Maryland Law

 

Disaster Planning:

Maryland’s Disaster Plan, or “D-Plan”:  http://md.dplan.org/data_cx_forms_20110218.PDF

Emergency Response for Heritage Sites, a Presentation by Vicki Lee, Maryland State Archives: Lee MSA Slide Show

Hurricane Preparedness Planning for Businesses: hurricaneplanforbusinesses

Emergency Plan Template for Heritage Sites: Emergency Response Plan Template (Note: this plan is designed to be customized by the individual heritage site or business).

 

 

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