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Western NC Chalotte, Winston Salem, Greensboro and more. Greater Triangle & Sandhills Areas Eastern & Coastal NC


North Carolina Statewide Sites



ArtStream is a unique performing arts company that brings this art form to communities that are underserved by the arts. They strive to focus on people with disabilities, people who are ill or grieving, and seniors. They have recently expanded to become a mixed-age company, offering roles and participation opportunities for interested parties age 8 to adult! 

A New Kind of Listening/Inclusive Arts Campaign

P.O. Box 352 Barnardsville, NC 28709 (828) 775-6333

A New Kind of Listening ( is a documentary film about an inclusive theater group from Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, as well as a project to inform and encourage inclusive arts initiatives through screenings and community organizing as described in our online Toolkit. Read a blog post about the film on the TASH website.

First In Families of North Carolina

3109 University Dr Ste. 100, Durham, NC 27707  (919) 251-8368

First In Families of North Carolina is a state-wide non-profit supporting individuals with Developmental Disabilities and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries and their families. FIFNC helps people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals and give back to others.

Hearing Loss Association of NC

Wake Chapter- (919) 469-0924 

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, educations, advocacy and support. There are several local HLA Chapters in North Carolina.  Features link to a schedule and descriptions of Open Captioned Movies, when available.

North Carolina Arts Council

109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 807-6500

Extensive Arts Inclusion Resources

North Carolina Arts for Health - "the gathering place of people who promote the arts as essential to the health and well being of individuals and communities".

NC Division of Services for the Blind

Raleigh Office: 309 Ashe Avenue, Fisher Building, Raleigh
(919) 733-4234
NCDHHS:DSB is statewide. You can visit their website to find an office near you. The NC Division of Services for the Blind Communications Unit provides Brailling services. Call an office near you for details and pricing.

North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

1841 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27635 (919) 733-4376

"A special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability." Features audio described videos

Southeast Center for Arts Integration

2310 Stansbury Road Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 942-4264

Mission: To foster the creation, dissemination, evaluation and improvement of arts integration programs. We provide information and experiences to teachers and teaching artists that will empower them to engage their students in learning for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Events and Festivals

National Sites

Accessible Exhibition Design (guidelines, by the Smithsonian)

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page

This is the official source of information and technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

American Sign Language Art (via Deaf Linx) -vast resources list of Deaf arts

Artists With Brain Injuries (website for artists with brain injuries to show their art)

Audio Description Project (for both providers and users of audio description).

AXIS Dance Company (to create and perform contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities; to promote and support physically integrated dance locally, nationally and internationally)

Bridge Multimedia (Audio Description and universally accessible media).

COAT:  Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology

"To ensure accessibility, usability, and affordability for people with disabilities of broadband, wireless, and Internet technologies."

Disability Access Symbols (graphic symbols for advertising access).

Disabled Artist Worldwide Network ("an avenue for disAbled artists and musicians to promote and display their talents").

Hands On (NY arts organization for deaf and hard of hearing).

Listening is Learning (seeks to raise awareness about the learning benefits of listening to description of video-based educational media)

Media Access Group at WGBH (Captioning and Video Description).

MIT Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC)- offers professional web accessibility reviews

Museum Accessibility (from the DOJ).

Narrative Television Network (audio described movies via RealPlayer).

National Arts and Disability Center

Its mission is to promote the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities in all facets of the arts, and it is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community. NADC's information is aimed at artists with disabilities, arts administrators, arts organizations, disability organizations and agencies, universities, arts educators, and students.

National Center for Accessible Media (includes DTV, CD-ROM, Web, Movies, TV Video Description).

National Endowment for the Arts Office for AccessAbility

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

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook

Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators

Arts and Humanities Accessibility Checklist

Sign Language Interpreting in the Theatre (oriented primarily toward interpreters and theaters).

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

Starlight is a vibrant art studio located in downtown Buffalo that supports adults with disabilities in their artistic development. Established in 2005 by the Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York (LDA of WNY).

340 Delaware Ave  Buffalo, NY 14202   (716) 842-1525

Subscribe to Opening Stages ( a free newsletter for people with disabilities interested in pursuing a career in performing arts -- just send the email resulting from clicking the link)

Five9 Telecommunicating and Accessibility: Information about Telecommunications and Computer Accessibility

US Department of Justice (Accessible Information Exchange:  Meeting on a Level Playing Field).

VSA Arts (an international organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities).

We Connect Now

A bilingual website created as a resource to network college students with disabilities and the opportunities available to them.