Arts & Access Resources

For more information, contact Randall Forte, Executive Director.

Lehigh Valley Resources

Arts & Access brings the region’s arts groups and the social service agencies together to expand cultural accessibility for the community with disabilities. Many of the agencies provide customer service to cultural groups and will train their box office and ushers on how to comfortably assist the needs of people with various disabilities.

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council also offers open-captioning and audio description training and equipment for performing and visual arts events to use to accommodate people with hearing or visual loss. Open Captioning provides the audience with an electronic text display to the side of the stage, displaying lyrics, dialogue, and sound effects in real time. Audio Description is a form of audio-visual translation, using natural pauses to insert narrative that translates the visual image into an audible form. Patrons use headsets to hear the audio description.

Interested in receiving training for Audio Description? Check back for details about a future class offering in Fall 2015.

The Arc of Lehigh & Northampton Counties

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Serving
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Contact Name
Frank Barella Email

Contact Phone
610-849-8076 ext. 44

The Arc provides a variety of quality programs and services and serves as a clearinghouse of information on help that is available for people with disabilities across our community. They provide individuals and families the services and support they need to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live full and productive lives.

Programs & Trainings: (in-house & off-site)

  • Provides an overview of intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Communication/Interaction with people with I/DD
  • Advocacy
  • Person-Centered Thinking
  • Behavioral Supports
  • ADA Impact
  • Various service-specific or disability-specific training

Center for Vision Loss

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Serving
Blind & Low Vision

Contact Name
Rita Lang Email

Contact Phone
610-433-6018 ext. 231

The Center for Vision Loss will provide a comprehensive set of preventative, rehabilitative, support and social services enabling blind and visually impaired clients to achieve their personal goals and restore quality of life consistent with those goals.

Programs & Trainings: (in-house & off-site)

  • Training and sensitivity for working with people with vision loss; for example, how to assist as a sighted guide, sensitivity training, courtesy tips for interacting with people with vision loss, can address questions about integrating people with vision loss into cultural institution.

Elwyn / ARCH of Lehigh Valley

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Serving
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact Name
Robin Urenko Email

Contact Phone
610-573-2500

The Mission of the ARCH of Lehigh Valley is to provide a safe, therapeutic and educational environment for people with autism – regardless of age or ability – and their families. The mission is accomplished by offering a range of clinical and community supports, resources and educational materials and training.

Programs & Trainings: (in-house & off-site)

  • Diagnosis and Evaluation
  • Medication Management
  • Counseling
  • Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
  • Summer Therapeutic Activities Program
  • After School Programs
  • Various Autism Resources: Resource Room, Family Activities, Training
  • Works with theatre programs to create sensory-friendly performance

Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania

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Serving
Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders

Contact Name
Ellen Baca Email

Contact Phone
610-731-0613

The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA is leading the fight to end epilepsy and overcome challenges created by seizures by focusing on education, support and advocacy. They offer a range of free services and programs to improve the quality of life and empower those who are affected by epilepsy and their caregivers. They also support research to accelerate cures for the epilepsies, support the training and work of new pediatric neurology/epilepsy specialists, and also seek to educate the general public – those that work with, care for, serve, do business with, educate or encounter people with epilepsy during their daily lives – to better understand epilepsy/seizure disorders.

Programs & Trainings: (off-site)

  • Epilepsy Educational Conferences & Workshops
  • Seizure Trainings and Recognition Programs
  • Legal & Medical Referrals
  • Children & Family Services
  • Adult Resource Services
  • Young Adult Initiative and Camp Achieve
  • First Aid
  • Art Therapy

Recovery Partnership

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Serving
Mental Health & Recovery

Contact Name
Angela Heaps Email

Contact Phone
610-861-2741

Recovery Partnership provides individuals and their families with a method for voicing their praises and concerns regarding the behavioral health services they may receive; a toll-free peer line for individuals in Northampton County; peer mentoring services to individuals receiving behavioral health services; certified peer specialist services; and a safe, culturally sensitive environment to individuals in Northampton County who are coping with or recovering from mental illness.

Programs & Trainings: (in-house)

  • Mental Health Sensitivity Trainings
  • Recovery Committee Meetings
  • CSP Committee Meetings
  • Northampton County Peer Line: 1-855-PA-PEERS (727-3377)

Robert Torres, Freelance Services

Serving
ASL, Open Captioning, Accessibility Technology, Audio Description

Contact Name
Robert Torres Email

Freelance American Sign Language Interpreting, Theatrical ASL Interpretation, Open Captioning Services, Accessibility Technology Consultations, and Audio Description Services. As an EIPA Certified Interpreter, Robert provides Educational Interpreting through CIU20 and has been assigned to the Bethlehem School District for the the past 9 years. He has his Bachelors of Information Systems Degree from Muhlenberg College and served several years as the Adaptive Technology Specialist and Web Master for Muhlenberg College.

Via of the Lehigh Valley

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Serving
Autism, Cerebal Palsy, Down Syndrome

Contact Name
Lowell King

Contact Phone
610-317-8000 ext. 485

Via of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit human service agency that provides services for children and adults with disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

Programs & Trainings: (in-house & off-site)

  • Developed based on the needs of the community (e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome)

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

Serving
Multi-disability

Contact Name
Brian Rogers Email

Contact Phone
610-770-9781 ext. 123

The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) serves people with disabilities, and their family members, living in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. LVCIL empowers persons with all types of disabilities to achieve independence in an inclusive community.

Programs & Trainings: (in-house & off-site)

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (Basics, Title I, Title II, Title III)
  • Sensitivity
  • Person-First Language
  • The Many Faces of Disability
  • Let’s Talk about Disability
  • Disability in America: The Impact of Social Paradigms and Legislation
  • Empathy Not Sympathy: Interacting Respectfully with People with Disabilities
  • Everyone is Different: A Review of Types of Disabilities
  • “Are There Wheelchairs in Heaven”: A Different Perspective on Disability
  • About Non-Obvious Disabilities: Legal, Practical, and Human Considerations
  • In Their Shoes: Accessibility from Another Perspective
  • Serving Customers with Disabilities: 10 Reasons for Reaching Out & Expanding Your Market

State & National Resources

PA Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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Serving
Hearing Loss

Contact Email
Email

Contact Phone
717-783-4912
The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is an office within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry that serves all 67 counties. ODHH is your first stop on the path to learn about anything and everything related to hearing loss, such as services, technology, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.
ODHH is ready to serve as liaison, open doors, explain procedures and make referrals. No request is too small.
ODHH offers documents on a variety of topics, such as ODHH, demographics, communication strategies, sign language interpreters, and hearing aids.

Alliance for the Inclusion in Arts

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Serving
All Disabilities

Contact Email
Email

Contact Phone
212-730-4750

Alliance for the Inclusion in Arts promotes authentic dialogue about race, culture, and disability that embraces the complexity of underlying social and historical issues. The Alliance serves as an expert advocate and educational resource for full inclusion in theatre, film, television, and related media by working closely with actors, directors, writers, designers, choreographers, as well as networks, production companies and arts organizations.

The ADA Legacy Project

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Serving
All Disabilities

Contact Email
Email

The ADA Legacy Project honors the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by: preserving the history of the disability rights movement; celebrating its milestones; and educating the public and future generations of advocates.

The Kennedy Center

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Serving
All Disabilities

Contact Email
Email

Contact Phone
202-416-8727

The Kennedy Center strives to make the cultural arts accessible to people with disabilities by removing barriers and providing opportunities. The Office focuses its efforts on accessibility services for patrons and visitors with disabilities; professional development for cultural administrators; and career opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. Their Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) program encourages cultural arts venues across the globe to make sustained, endemic steps toward accessibility.

PA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Serving
Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Contact Name
Denise M. Brown Email

Contact Phone
484-866-9929

PA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department of Labor and Industry, serves all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, with information on services, technology, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. This office provides Cultural Awareness training about people with hearing loss (Sensitivity training); Hearing Loss 101 and other Hearing Loss trainings; and many more.

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