Case Study: Starting an Accessibility Initiative at Your Organization

Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
261 America's Center
Hear a firsthand perspective on getting started with accessibility from Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. We'll discuss gaining institutional buy-in, encouraging diverse participating, working with community partners, building audiences, and how to just dive in. Part of the session will include the opportunity to see specific elements created for the initiative, as well as learning hands-on ideas and activities that worked to gain wide interest around the organization.
Learner Outcome
  1. Understand the process one organization has undergone to make accessibility front of mind for staff at all levels.
  2. See concrete examples of activities for gaining buy-in and engagement from all departments, as well as examples of resulting programs.
  3. Hear about specific challenges faced during the process of starting an accessibility initiative and strategies used to overcome them.
Kris Nesbitt
Senior Director, Exhibits/Experience Development
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Kris Nesbitt directs Shedd Aquarium's exhibit and experience development. She initiated and spearheads Shedd's building-wide accessibility and inclusion initiative that focuses on improving the Shedd experience for all guests. She also serves on the steering committee for the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, a group that provides workshops and resources to empower cultural organizations to improve offerings for people with disabilities.