Trainings for Organizations

“The “Disability Awareness” training provided our team an opportunity to think deeply about policy, practices, and personal experiences around disability. We are a more inclusive, welcoming museum because of this experience.”

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Executive Director

Inclusive Arts Vermont has a dream: that any person, with or without a disability, can enter any  arts organization in Vermont and participate in any program in the way that they choose. We are making that dream a reality by offering one-on-one intensive trainings for arts and cultural organizations.

Through the use of best practices in accessibility, arts organizations are creating a more inclusive community. But many organizations feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start when implementing inclusive practices. That’s where Inclusive Arts Vermont comes in.

We offer a variety of training programs, from two-hour-long workshops to mentoring over the course of months. Please contact us to talk more about your organization’s specific needs and budget – we’re happy to work with you and create something individualized.

Past partners include the Vermont Arts Council, University of Vermont, Vermont Afterschool, and more. Our staff have also presented workshops and been featured as keynote speakers at numerous local and national conferences.

2020-2021 Offerings Include:

Marketing Accessibility Training

Thursday, December 3rd, 10am-12pm, $30, Register Here

The Inclusive Arts Vermont Marketing Accessibility Training covers both marketing a program’s access features and implementing accessible marketing strategies. In this experiential and interactive webinar, participants learn the basic elements of accessible graphic design, including the use of access symbols, and leave with practical and low-cost ways to increase the accessibility of their marketing materials. Additionally, participants will learn ways to increase the access of their programs through marketing efforts in increasingly virtual landscapes.
In this two-hour training, participants will:

  • Identify difference between access features of programs and accessibility practices for marketing materials
  • Develop and strengthen knowledge of accessible graphic design
  • Practice accessible design skills
  • Identify potential organizations to reach audiences that match access features in programs
  • Identify and make a plan to apply techniques in practice

Introduction to Verbal Description: The Art of Using Words for Access

Friday, December 11th, 10am-12pm, $30, Register Here

Verbal description is an important accessibility feature for people who are blind or have low vision that applies written or spoken word to the visual elements of an event, meeting, location, or image. In this webinar, Inclusive Arts Vermont provides an experiential and interactive opportunity to learn about verbal description, practice skills, and ask individualized questions. Information about practicalities of where and how to provide verbal description will be discussed. Facilitators will also share their own experience with the process of putting visual elements into words. The training will close with an opportunity for participants to practice both written and spoken verbal description.
In this two-hour training, participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of what verbal description is and how it is used
  • Identify distinctions between verbal description as an accommodation request and a practice of universal design for learning
  • Practice and strengthen verbal description skills
  • Ask questions and reflect upon potential next steps

The Art of Connection: Inclusive Practices in Changing Times

Tuesday, January 19th, 4-6pm, Pay What You Can, Register Here

In the time of COVID-19, students are experiencing more stress than usual. This results in heightened social and emotional needs. In this webinar, Inclusive Arts Vermont provides an experiential and interactive opportunity for participants to strengthen knowledge and skills that support students with and without disabilities. The training will model using a process-focused teaching approach to cultivate safety, belonging, and engagement. Participants will build an understanding of inclusive practices and apply them to current contexts.

Disability Awareness: A Conversation to Share Information and Invite Exploration 

3-session course beginning in March, dates & times TBD
 
Disability Awareness brings awareness to the need for accessible programming for people with disabilities through stories, reflections, and real-life examples. The training provides an understanding of accommodations, access symbols, and communication strategies.

Doesn’t sound like what you need? Contact us!

For more information about training for organizations, contact Heidi Swevens, Director of Community Partnerships.

Heidi Swevens and Toby MacNutt address a large group in a ballroom. The audience looks up to a projection screen at left.
Heidi Swevens and Toby MacNutt address a large group in a ballroom. The audience looks up to a projection screen at left.
Viewed from above, a table is covered in art supplies including paint, scissors, paper, glue, brushes, and adaptive materials. A hand enters from left, dipping a brush into a palette of watercolors.
Viewed from above, a table is covered in art supplies including paint, scissors, paper, glue, brushes, and adaptive materials. A hand enters from left, dipping a brush into a palette of watercolors.
Two people stand in front of a piece of art. The person on left is pointing to a detail in the piece and speaking as they describe the detail.
A photo of two people standing in front of a piece of art. The person on left is pointing to a detail in the piece and speaking as they describe the detail. Three art pieces are shown hung on a gallery wall. The piece being described has multicolored shapes and abstractions, layered to create a full and complex image.