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The OSU Urban Arts Space connects people with disabilities to the world of art through a variety of Accessible Programs.
Accessible Entrance and Parking
There is a designated barrier-free entrance and approved accessible parking for vehicles displaying the appropriate disability permits, located in the Ohio Statehouse Parking Garage. This garage has entrances off of both Broad Street and Third Street and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with a pay-per-hour fee. There is also a drop-off-only space located on State Street, near High Street, in front the Ohio Theatre, allowing a driver to drop off a passenger near (1 block away) the accessible entrance of the OSU Urban Arts Space, without paying the parking fees.
The OSU Urban Arts Space is also equipped with accessible restrooms and drinking fountains. All of the gallery spaces, including the conference room, are completely barrier-free.
Accessible Programs help people with disabilities enjoy their visit to the OSU Urban Arts Space and find inspiring connections between the arts and their lives. Visitors may explore the space on their own, or may request a personalized tour.
Several tours are offered that take into consideration the characteristics of a wide variety of disabilities. These tours are led by specially trained guides and include:
Specially Tailored Tours: These tours are available by prearrangement for individuals or groups from the mental health community as well as those with Autism, Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or other unique perspectives. Themed tours are developed around the needs and interests of the participants and can focus on any aspect of the exhibitions, with appropriate touchable and visual materials to supplement descriptions and discussions.
Sign Language Interpreted Tours: Tours of exhibitions are available by prearrangement for individuals or groups who are deaf or hearing impaired. Printed scripts of audio tours may be available by request.
Podcast Audio Tours: Audio Tours present the opportunity to learn more about an exhibition in a different way. The tour includes questions about the work developed from the artists statements, perfect for audio learners. Patrons are able to subscribe to our free audio podcasts for use on your mp3 player or you can borrow one of our MP3 during your visit.
Touch Wall: The Urban Arts Space touch wall is located in the upper part of the gallery. It includes supplementary material that patrons can literally touch, great for tactile learners. The wall also includes questions related to the tactile element of the artwork to bring an additional perspective to the artwork.
Tour information and reservations are available on our Tours page.
All of our regular printed materials and signage meet the ADA guidelines for accessible type size. Patrons may request extra large-print for any of our print materials, including artists' statements and curator notes, by contacting the Space.
For information about large-print materials or visual description (on guided tours for visitors who are blind or visually impaired), sign language interpreters, or print scripts; or to arrange for braille or large-print materials to be created, please contact the Tours student assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allow three weeks for arrangements to be completed.