October is Disability History and Awareness Month in Delaware!

On August 17, 2011, Governor Markell signed House Bill 123 which officially declares the month of October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM) in Delaware.  This official observance began in 2009 when members and staff of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC) worked with Representative Quinton Johnson and Senator Bethany Hall-Long to sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 19, encouraging school districts across Delaware to implement activities to observe Disability History and Awareness Month.

Beyond the K-12 school population, becoming aware of and educated about the issues of inclusion and access is something that people of all ages can benefit from, especially with programs that include the arts.  The Division of the Arts has partnered with VSA Delaware to present information about people with disabilities and the role that the arts can play in providing a better quality of life for them. Click the link below for more information.

Disability Awareness 101

Arts Education for All

Cultural Access

Starting the Commitment to Cultural Access

Let's think about Internships 

Cultural Access IS Affordable 

Advocacy and Arts Education

Grantee Requirements

Delaware Division of the Arts grantees are required to execute projects, productions, workshops and programs in accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; where applicable. For details, see Requirements for Subgrant Recipients

The following listing contains additional resources that provide information or services to address accessibility needs, including:

NEA Office for AccessAbility

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office for AccessAbility is the advocacy and technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions. More…

Evaluate Your Organization's Accessibility:

Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators; Section 504 Self-Evaluation PDF icon

Services for Individuals with Hearing Impairment

Sign Interpretation

Creative Access
Carol Finkle
100 South Broad Street, #625
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Website: www.creativeaccess.com
Email: craccess@aol.com
Specializes in ASL interpreters for performances

Zelma Anderson
Interpreting Services for the Deaf and Liturgical Dancing w/Sign Language

Deaf Communications Services, Inc.
Leslie Goldenberg
PO Box 7004
Newark, DE 19714
800.232.5470 Relay

Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc.
630 Fairview Road
Suite 100
Swarthmore, PA 19081
ATTN: Interpreter Referral Division
610.604.0452 V/TTY
610.604.0456 Fax
Website: www.dhcc.org
Email: ird@dhcc.org
Specializes in all modalities of sign language

360 Translations International, Inc.
334 Lincoln Avenue North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-2343
856.740.4002 Fax
Website: www.360translations.com
Email: dan@360translations.com
Specializing in the Performing Arts

Jacquelyn DiPasquale
Dover, DE
Email: Jackie.dipasquale@gmail.com
Specializes in all modalities of sign language

Shirley's Interpreting Service
Newark, DE
Shirley George
Email: shirleybgeorge@aol.com
ASL Interpreter for the Deaf

Caroline Greene
Interpreting Services/American Sign Language


Equipment Rental/Service Providers

Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc.
630 Fairview Road
Suite 100
Swarthmore, PA 19081
610.604.0450 V/TTY
610.604.0456 Fax
Website: www.dhcc.org
Email: ird@dhcc.org
Provides real time captioning services

Media Access Group at WGBH
(Boston office)
125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
617.300.3600 V/TTY
617.300.1020 Fax

(New York office)
545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 609
New York, NY 10017
212.490.3688 Fax
Website: http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/mag/
Email: access@wgbh.org

The National Captioning Institute
1900 Gallows Road
Suite 3000
Vienna, VA 22182
703.917.7600 (V/TTY)
703.917.9878 Fax
Website: www.ncicap.org
Email: mail@ncicap.org
Provides captioning, subtitling and described video

Sound Associates
T. Richard Fitzgerald
424 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
212.265.1250 Fax
888.772.7686 (Toll free)
Website: www.soundassociates.com
Email: info@soundassociates.com
Developed technology for hand-held captioning devices

Video Caption Corporation
6030 Route 82
Suite 203
Stanfordville, New York 12581
800.705.12070 Fax
800.705.1203 (Toll free)
Website: www.vicaps.com
Email: sales@vicaps.com
Open captioning, closed captioning, subtitling, webcast captioning and subtitling, program duplication, video format conversion, and v-chip encoding

Assistive Listening

Equipment Rental/Purchase

League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway
6th Floor
New York, NY 10004
917.305.7888 Fax
917.305.7999 TTY
Website: www.lhh.org
Website has a list of manufacturers and distributors of listening devices.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Wilmington and Kent/Sussex Chapters
Ms. Linda Heller, M.A.C.C.C.A., State Chapter Coordinator
HLAA - Delaware Chapters
3204 Powhatan Dr
Wilmington, DE 19808
Website: www.hlade.org
Email: hlade@comcast.net
Website has information, resources, training, technology & advocacy help on hearing loss. HLAA offers help and hope to people with hearing loss.

Assistive Audio
2627 Algonquin Parkway
Toledo, OH 43606-3709
419.292.2169 Fax
Website: www.assistiveaudio.com
Email: info@assistivesaudio.com
Sells listening devices

Phonic Ear
Corporate Headquarters
3880 Cypress Drive
Petaluma, CA 94954-7600
707.769.9624 Fax
Website: www.phonicear.com
Sells listening devices

Williams Sound Corporation
10321 West 70th street
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3446
952.943.2174 Fax
Website: www.williamssound.com
Email: info@williamssound.com
Sells listening devices

Services for Individuals with Visual Impairment


The American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
502-899.2274 Fax
Website: www.aph.org
Email: info@aph.org
Will make Braille, tactile or audio versions of materials

Cultural Access Assessments & Consulting Assistance

ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers
Website: http://adata.org/

Art Reach
Michael Norris
1819 JFK Boulevard, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website: www.art-reach.org

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3
Wakefield, MA 01880-3233
Website: www.cast.org
Email: cast@cast.org

The National Arts and Disability Center
Dr. Olivia Raynor
300 UCLA Medical Plaza Suite #3310
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6967
310.794.1143 Fax
Website: www.semel.ucla.edu/nadc
Email: oraynor@mednet.ucla.edu

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office for Accessibility
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20506
Website: www.arts.gov
Email: bienvenub@arts.gov

VSA arts
818 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006
202.628.2800, 1.800.933.8721
202-429-0868 Fax
Website: www.vsarts.org

VSA arts of Delaware
Jennifer Gunther
Arts Center/Gallery, DSU
1200 N DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901
Website: www.VSADelaware.org
Email: Jennifer@VSADelaware.org

The Paciello Group, LLP
88 Temple Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: +1 603.882.4122
Fax: +1 603.598.2839
Website: www.webable.com
Email: webinfo@webable.com