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ItemBeyond Compliance: Exploring Emerging Technologies to Enrich the Visual Arts Experience for Audiences of All Abilities(2017-06) Barkai, Shirley; Ewell, Maryo; Lucas, Gregory; Baker, Ramona; Dimond, Kimberly; MA in Arts AdministrationThe Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandates enforceable guidelines to modify the built environment to make it accessible for individuals with disabilities. While critically important, the ADA does little to drive social and physical inclusion of individuals with disabilities. This is particularity recognizable in museums and similar public venues displaying visual art. The detailed, intimate, and often meticulously documented experience offered to patrons without physical or sensory limitations cannot possibly be the same for those with disabilities. This paper contains descriptions of the principles of Universal Design (UD) and several emerging technologies, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D printing, and explores how these tools can be used by nonprofit visual arts organizations to provide broader, richer, and more inclusive experiences for audiences with a range of functional abilities. The argument presented in this document maintains that the role of visual arts organizations is not to merely comply with regulations and provide the physical accessories and necessary mechanics to improve access to visual art experiences. They also serve to enable individuals to fully experience the art form through creating and presenting inclusive environments. By applying UD principles and leveraging emerging technologies, visual arts organizations should take an active and proactive role in promoting inclusion and thus contribute to a greater social understanding and improved perception of accessibility. ItemExamining theories of public-private sector collaboration: health care for people with disabilities in emergency management(2013) Dawalt, Philip Robert Jr.; Naylor, Lorenda A.; Schwartz, Robert M.; University of Baltimore. Yale Gordon College of Public Affairs; University of Baltimore. Doctor of Public AdministrationAs Americans observed in horror the incidents in Japan following a major earthquake followed by a tsunami and then a nuclear disaster, it is important to assess emergency planning effectiveness for all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. Emergency managers in counties across the United States plan for every American citizen in case of natural disasters. Theories of Public Administration can illuminate the dynamics of the formulation and implementation of these plans. This study tests the level of cooperation, coordination and collaboration between local administrators and affected individuals and groups resulting from disaster and subsequent emergency response. The study examines the relationship between the needs of the disabled and the work of emergency management. As commitment increases, cooperation and collaboration have increased among emergency managers, health care providers and people with disabilities. This study involves interviews with 38 emergency managers who answered a series of questions about their level of contact, cooperation, coordination and/or collaboration with people with disabilities and health care professionals. The study results demonstrate some degree of progress in the collaboration of Emergency Managers, Health Care Professionals and People with disabilities. Health Care works have especially become more involved in planning and responding to emergencies as a result of the "pan flu" incident from a year earlier. But, there is still much room for improvement. People with disabilities serve on some local emergency planning committees in some locations in Indiana and Ohio. However, many emergency managers ignore this problem citing a lack of resources and time to make these connections. Many are addressing the resource and time constraints by engaging in continuous volunteerism to improve collaboration in support for people with disabilities in the emergency management process. ItemRaising the Bar for Accessibility in Performing Arts Organizations(2023-06) Welsh, Emily; MA in Arts Administration ItemWhen political comedy turns personal: humor types, audience evaluations, and attitudes(Howard Journal of Communications, 2014-02) Haller, Beth; Becker, Amy; Towson University. Department of Mass Communication and Communication StudiesThis study examines the impact of diverse comedy types on relevant political attitudes and what happens when the comedy content moves beyond the political to focus on personal attributes that are beyond a politician’s control. Using a real political case study of David Paterson, New York’s first blind and African American gov- ernor, the research measured the differential impact of exposure to self-directed and other-directed hostile humor on evaluations of comedy content, favorability ratings, perceptions of media portray- als of disability, and attitudes toward blindness. The results suggest that differential exposure to the comedy clips had an impact on attitudes toward blindness with those exposed to Paterson’s humor exhibiting more positive attitudes toward blindness than those who were exposed to Saturday Night Live’s other-directed hostile humor.