Region 1

Covers These North Carolina Counties:

Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey.

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.

DASI (Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired)
DASI has been describing at the Asheville Community Theatre for more than ten years, but have broadened their services to many other venues. They happily take requests from theatre patrons, although they do require at least two weeks’ notice in order to work best to accommodate the needs of both the patrons and the performance venue. For more information on DASI or to ask them for literature to request their services, visit their website at or call (828) 253-8781.

NCCALL: North Carolina Creative Autistic Living & Learning Inc.
P.O. Box 935 Franklin, NC 28744
“Our vision is to provide persons with Autism a place to live, work and thrive in a Western North Carolina environment suited to their special needs. We envision NCCALL, Inc. to be a lasting resource for residential care, augmented by vocational opportunities for an adult Autistic population. Our goal is to focus on their ABILITIES rather than disabilities of the people we serve by providing an atmosphere which encourages and promotes creative expression, and the tools necessary to successfully realize a sustainable market for their products. By encouraging advocacy, co-operative workshops, local and on-line marketing and family support, NCCALL, Inc. will be open to expansion as the challenge of Autism increases within our WNC communities.”

Open Hearts Art Center
5 Woodland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806-1292 (828) 505-8428
Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit art education program located in the rich arts-based community of Western North Carolina. Open Hearts Arts Center is dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges, which include but are not limited to, developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities.