The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society. The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is committed to ensuring ADA compliance and advocates for full access to the arts. Organizations that receive funding from the OAC must be fully accessible and inclusive of everyone. If you are unsure if your organization or facility is in compliance, please contact your program coordinator or the OAC's ADA Coordinator Kim Turner.
ADA Grievance Procedure: If you believe an event or facility funded by the OAC is inaccessible, you may file a complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). You may contact the OCRC via mail at 30 E. Broad Street, 4th floor, Columbus OH 43215-3414, via phone at 1-888-278-7101, or via the web at crc.ohio.gov. The OAC works with the OCRC to resolve complaints against grantees. If you file a complaint, please notify the OAC by contacting the appropriate program coordinator. The OAC will wait to receive written notification from the OCRC regarding the complaint before sending a formal letter informing the grantee of the complaint. Once the complaint is verified--and if the grantee is found to be noncompliant by the OCRC--then any funds the grantee has received from the OAC will be put on hold. Decisions on any pending grant applications will be withheld until the grantee addresses and resolves the noncompliance issues.
The OAC is equally committed to making sure our services are accessible to people with disabilities, including artists with disabilities. We work closely with the statewide organization on arts and disabilities, VSA Ohio.