Hybrid Sessions from the 2022 LEAD Conference 

LEAD offered a curated series of hybrid sessions during this year's conference. Recordings of each session are free to members (discount code on Member Home Page) and $10 each for nonmembers.

ADA Basics
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This session provides an overview of the various laws that impact accessibility, discuss which apply to cultural arts organizations, and how to find more information. 
Presenter: Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access on Virtual Platforms
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Many institutions had to pivot to virtual platforms during the pandemic. Accessibility was often an afterthought not only in the development but also in the implementation of these products. This session explores various ways to provide access to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) patrons whether via captioning or ASL. 
Presenter: Dr. Tina Childress, Audiologist, See.Hear.Communication.Matters. 

Centering Disabled Space in the Cultural Arts
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Aimi Hamraie, Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, opened and moderated a panel with Chery Cumings, Executive Director, Our Space Our Place; April Jackson- Woodard, Deaf Interpreter/Director of Artistic Sign Language/Actor; Robin Marquis, Cultural Access and Inclusion Specialist, Prime Consulting and The Peale; and Beth Ziebarth, Deputy Head Diversity Officer and Director, Access Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution.

Accessibility and Jobs
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We talk a lot about visitors and audiences with disabilities- but to be truly accessible, an organization needs to recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities at all levels. In tough recruitment markets, everything you do matters- from how the listing is worded and where it is posted to your hiring process. Concern about retention of employees doesn’t stop when the individual is hired nor is retention solely about accommodation. Join Emma Allen, Padraig Naughton and John Samuel for information, tips, stories of success "helpful learning opportunities". The session focuses on simple, concrete advice that you can put to use or share with your colleagues in Human Resources the next time your organization wants to post a position. 
Presenters: Emma Allen, Director of Operations, Bell Museum; Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland; John Samuel, Cofounder & CEO, Ablr. 

Historic Sites: Decision Considerations in Physical and Programmatic Access
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The process of deciding how to make historic structures and sites accessible to people with disabilities must consider multiple factors. This session discussed types of structures, types of changes to be considered, limitations and uses of the structures, along with what to do if all areas of historic structures cannot be made accessible. It is intended to provide participants with guidance in order to successfully strike a balance between accessibility and preservation. 
Presenter: Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist, National Parks Service.

We're ALL in: Sharing Strategies for Access & Inclusion in Natural and Cultural Resources Programs
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Hear from North Carolina state leaders on their commitment to improve accessibility across NC’s natural and cultural resources in all 100 counties. Learn about the innovative programs implemented across the state’s museums, state parks, arts, historical sites, symphony, libraries, aquariums, zoo and more. Panelists will discuss the state’s future plans to expand accessible trails in NC’s state parks and natural areas, improve engagement and resources through specialized programs and provide high-quality state-supported services, accessible for all. 

  • Felicia Ingram, Manager of Interpretation, Accessibility and Diversity, North Carolina Museum of Art 
  • Kathleen Collier, Arts in Education Director & Accessibility Coordinator, North Carolina Arts Council 
  • Tracey Burns, Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 
  • Reid Wilson, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 
  • Staci Meyer, Chief Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 
  • Dwayne Patterson, Director, North Carolina State Parks 
  • Jessica Rassau, Coordinator of Accessibility and INclusion, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 
  • Michele Lanier, Director, N.C. Division of Historic Sites 
  • Jason Spencer, Director of Education, North Carolina Symphony 
  • Katy Menne, Curator of Education, NC Maritime Museum at Southport