Art Resources

This section lists resources relating to the arts. These include information about accessibility and cultural programs, visiting museums or other spaces, and about how people who are blind or visually impaired create and share their works and art.

The American Printing House for the Blind is the world's largest producer of books and products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired K-12 students in the U.S.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

This list compiled by the American Printing House includes recorded presentations and interviews going back to August 2005. Links here launch a player to listen online

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative includes community-based groups and local affiliates of national agencies, museums and other arts-related organizations, elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, national and international advocacy groups, and blind, visually impaired, and sighted art enthusiasts.

Source: Art Beyond Sight

Making arts and cultural events accessible to all, including advice for creating accessibility policies, outreach, marketing, and physical accommodations. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: The Kennedy Center/VSA Arts

Your vision may have changed, but it's unlikely your imagination has! Simple everyday arts and crafts can be inspired by any product, any experience, at any time. Here are some ideas to try if you are blind or have low vision.

Source: Vision Aware

Rick Harmon manages the Geek Zone's lists of helpful resources, including "audio tutorials, gadget demonstrations, useful links and programs, and a community of tech gurus...."

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights planned for full accessibility throughout every stage of its design. The Accessibility section of the webpage explains how visitors with visual impairments or other disabilities may engage the museum's offerings.

Source: CBC

Formerly titled ViewPoints, "this half-hour weekly radio program and podcast discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss." Hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey.

Over 50,000 free full-text books whose copyrights have expired. Downloaded books can be read with a screen reader or scanner.

Source: Project Gutenberg

The joys of woodworking. Includes safety tips. 

Source: Vision Aware

This handbook presents a step-by-step process for creating an accessible arts program for people with visual impairments. Each module contains an overview, practical considerations, agendas, checklists, troubleshooting tips and funding strategies.

Source: Art Beyond Sight Collaborative

Nearly 400,000 books in accessible format for people of all ages all over the world. If you have a print disability, learn about eligibility and signing up here.

Source: Bookshare

Music for the Blind offers music lessons through downloadable (or tape/CD) lessons for more than a dozen instruments, all by ear. Many of the lessons are available through the National Library Service program.

Source: Music for the Blind

These guidelines offer a "basic methodology that museum educators and art teachers can use to create successful verbal descriptions of painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as works in other media."

Source: Art Beyond Sight

Australia's national program for the blindness community is available to the world! Listen live or subscribe through this programming page.

Source: Vision Australia Radio

RNIB's classroom resources pages contain suggestions for specific subject areas, including Geography

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Use this search engine to find over 2,000,000 free digital books on the Web, which can be read with a screen reader or scanner program.

Source: University of Pennsylvania

Information on a variety of topics for ADA/504 Coordinators, accessibility managers, or other cultural arts professionals interested in making their facilities and programming more accessible to people with disabilities.

Source: The Kennedy Center

VSA is an affiliate of the Kennedy Center, dedicated to providing educational opportunities in the arts for students with disabilities, and opportunities for artists with disabilities to practice and perform their craft.  VSA affiliates in your region can be found through the VSA Arts home portal.

Source: The Kennedy Center