Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility

The Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility (MACA) is a consortium of professionals working together in order to enhance the accessibility of Southeast Michigan’s cultural institutions for people with all abilities.

Founded in 2016, MACA provides a forum for sharing best practices, ideas, and resources focused around making cultural institutions more welcoming and inclusive. If you are interested in your organization joining MACA, fill out this formthis form. This webpage contains accessibility information for each institution so that visitors can better experience the array of programs and offerings at the region’s cultural destinations. Click on an organization to learn more!

Accessibility Options

(See Definitions)

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Contact

Web: www.aahom.org/visit/accessibility

Email: accessibility@aahom.org

Phone: 734-205-9564

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Parking lot may be used for drop-offs
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: Yes (Available upon request)
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: AAHOM is a hands-on facility

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: No
  • Sign language interpretation: No
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: Yes (Available upon request)

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: Yes
  • Social stories: Yes
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: Yes
  • Designated quiet spaces: Yes (Available upon request)
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: Yes

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: Yes
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? Virtual tour

Arab American National Museum

Contact

Web: www.arabamericanmuseum.org/Visit-the-Museum.id.5.htm
Phone:
 (313) 582-2266

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/hands-on interactives: No

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: No
  • Sign language interpretation: No
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: Yes
  • Social stories: Yes
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: Yes
  • Designated quiet spaces: Yes
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? Virtual tour

Charles H. Wright Museum

Contact

Web: https://thewright.org/index.php/visit/general-info
Phone: (313) 494-5800

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: TBD
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/hands-on interactives: Some hands-on areas

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: No
  • Sign language interpretation: Resources in HR
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: TBD
  • Social stories: TBD
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: TBD
  • Designated quiet spaces: TBD
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): No
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? No

Detroit Historical Museum

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): No
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/hands-on interactives: Hands-on interactive exhibits

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: No
  • Sign language interpretation: No
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: No
  • Social stories: No
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: No
  • Designated quiet spaces: No
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? No

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Contact

Web: Click Here

Phone: 313.833.1805

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: No
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: No
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

 

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: Hands-on interactive exhibits

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: No
  • Sign language interpretation: No
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: No
  • Social stories: No
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: No
  • Designated quiet spaces: No
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): No
  • Family restroom(s): No
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? No

Detroit Institute of Arts

Contact

Web: click here

Phone: (313) 833-7900

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes (Woodward entrance is not accessible)
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Wheelchairs and motorized scooters available on a first-come, first-serve basis, by request at the Farnsworth entrance)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: Large print versions of wall text and interpretive materials are for all available special exhibitions. Inquire at entrance to exhibition for assistance.
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: Available upon request with at least two weeks advance notice; minimum group number may apply

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: Yes (Available upon request for events in the Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall and Detroit Film Theater auditorium)
  • Sign language interpretation: Yes (Available for most events and can be arranged for any DIA event with at least two weeks advance notice)
  • Captioning on videos: Yes
  • Transcripts for audio: Yes (Available upon request)

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: No
  • Social stories: No
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: No
  • Designated quiet spaces: No
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: Yes

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: Art-making available with advance request, Public and school tours with advance request

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes (in Learning Center on first floor)
  • Family restroom(s): Yes (at Farnsworth entrance)
  • Nursing room: Yes (at Farnsworth entrance)
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: Rivera Court iPad app (Spanish only)
  • Any other offerings? Public/school tours and art-making available with advance request for people with developmental, cognitive, and learning disabilities.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Contact

Web: click here

Phone: 313-576-5100

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes (With advance notice)
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: Yes (braille signs)
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: N/A

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: Yes
  • Sign language interpretation: N/A
  • Captioning on videos: N/A
  • Transcripts for audio: N/A

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: No
  • Social stories: No
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: Yes
  • Designated quiet spaces: Yes (For designated programming)
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: Private building tours available with advance request

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? Live webcasts of concerts available at www.dso.org/live and www.dso.org/classroom

Detroit Zoo

Contact

Web: click here

Email: geninfo@dzs.org

Phone: 248-541-5717

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Wheelchairs: $10 per day; Motorized scooters: $28 per day)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: Online map has low vision readability version.
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: Hands-on interpretives throughout.

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: Yes (Available for films in the Ford Education Center Theater)
  • Sign language interpretation: Yes (with two weeks’ advance notice)
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: Yes
  • Social stories: Yes
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: Yes
  • Designated quiet spaces: Yes (Available upon request)
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: Yes
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: Arabic, Spanish; Google Translate available for website
  • Any other offerings? No

Belle Isle Nature Center

Contact

Web: click here

Phone: 313-852-4056

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: No
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: Hands-on interpretives throughout.

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: No
  • Sign language interpretation: No
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: No
  • Social stories: No
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: No
  • Designated quiet spaces: No
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? No

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Contact

Web: click here

Phone: (313) 884-4222

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes (Second floor of the home is only accessible by stairs)
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: Yes

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: No

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: Will accommodate, but does not provide
  • Sign language interpretation: Will accommodate, but does not provide
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: N/A

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: No
  • Social stories: No
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: No
  • Designated quiet spaces: No
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: No

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: Upon request

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): No
  • Family restroom(s): No
  • Nursing room: No
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: German, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Dutch
  • Any other offerings? No

Michigan Science Center

Contact

Web: click here

Email: info@mi-sci.org

Phone: 313-577-8400, Ext. 482

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Courtesy wheelchairs; Motorized scooters: $5 per day)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: No

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: No
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: MiSci is a hands-on facility

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: Yes (Available for most theaters by request)
  • Sign language interpretation: Available by request
  • Captioning on videos: No
  • Transcripts for audio: Yes (Available upon request)

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: Yes
  • Social stories: Yes
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: Yes
  • Designated quiet spaces: Yes (Available upon request)
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: Yes

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: No

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: Adapted theater performances available by request.

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: Yes
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: No
  • Any other offerings? Adapted theater performances available by request for people with developmental, cognitive, and learning disabilities.

The Henry Ford

Contact

Web: click here

Email: accessibility@thehenryford.org

Phone: 313-982-6001

Limited Mobility

  • Accessible parking: Yes
  • Accessible entrances: Yes. For a full list of accessible entrances, please refer to The Henry Ford’s accessibility website in the contact field.
  • Drop-off zone(s): Yes
  • Accessible restrooms: Yes
  • Wheelchairs/Motorized Scooters: Yes (Wheelchairs: $4 per day; Motorized scooters: $20 per day)
  • Benches/seating in public areas: Yes
  • Shuttle service: Yes (on peak days)

Blind/Low Vision

  • Large print/Braille maps/labels: Yes (large print maps)
  • Touch tours/ hands-on interactives: Touch tours available with 3-weeks’ notice. Hands-on interactives are available throughout.

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

  • Assistive Listening Devices: Yes (for Giant Screen Experience and Drive-In Theater in museum)
  • Sign language interpretation: Yes (with two weeks’ advance notice)
  • Captioning on videos: Yes
  • Transcripts for audio: No

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Autism training for staff: Yes
  • Social stories: Yes
  • Sensory-friendly hours/days: Yes
  • Designated quiet spaces: Yes (recommended quiet spaces are listed on The Henry Ford’s accessibility webpage; designated quiet spaces are marked by signage during sensory-friendly events)
  • Noise-canceling headphones/earplugs: Yes

Dementia

  • Program for people with dementia: Yes

Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Program/offering: No

Additional Amenities & Offerings

  • Gender neutral/unisex restroom(s): Yes
  • Family restroom(s): Yes
  • Nursing room: Yes
  • Maps/guides in languages other than English: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Italian
  • Any other offerings? Children’s strollers and wagons are available to rent ($5 per day)

Definitions

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disability significantly impacting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction. It is generally evident before age three and is a “spectrum condition,” meaning that it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

Sources: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]; Autism Society; Child Mind Institute

Blind/Low Vision

Blindness is a medically diagnosed central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, and/or a visual field of 20 degrees or less. A person with low vision has some measureable vision, but difficulty accomplishing visual tasks, even with prescribed corrective lenses.

Sources: American Foundation for the Blind [AFB]; IDEA

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

People who are deaf mostly have profound hearing loss, meaning little to no hearing, and often use sign language to communicate. People who share the language of American Sign Language and have embraced the cultural norms, beliefs, and values of the Deaf Community are referred to as being “Deaf.” People who are hard-of-hearing have mild-to-moderate hearing loss and may communicate through sign language, spoken language, or both.

Sources: World Health Organization [WHO]; National Association of the Deaf [NAD]

Limited Mobility

Limitation in independent, purposeful physical movement of the body or of one or more extremities. People with limited mobility may use such assistive devices as wheelchairs, motorized scooters, walkers, canes, crutches, braces, and Segways.

Sources: NANDA International [North American Nursing Diagnosis Association]; Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disabilities are generally evident before age three, usually last throughout a person’s lifetime, and can significantly impact communication, social interaction, and day-to-day functioning.

Sources: IDEA; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]

Dementia

A range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association

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