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MAM Speaker Series Presents: Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art
Accessibility in the Arts: What Future Arts Managers Need to Know Description: A discussion on why accessibility matters in the arts, what the current logistical requirements are for arts facilities, and smart strategies for compliance.
Ms. Siegel has specialized in arts and disability issues for over twenty five years starting at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and now as Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She oversees national and international disability, arts and education programs including VSA, the VSA Network of cultural organizations engaging in arts education and disability and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network of cultural arts administrators. She is a respected expert and speaker on topics related to accessibility to cultural venues for individuals with disabilities. She has been the project manager, writer or editor on numerous publications including: 2010 Revised Regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act National Endowment for the Arts Tip Sheet, (2011), Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook (2003), Assistive Listening Devices: A Guide for Performing Arts Settings (2001, updated 2005)l Ms. Siegel obtained her JD in 2009 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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