ADA Policy Statement

(Americans with Disabilities Act)

Pushcart Players recognizes that the arts are an essential component of each student’s academic career and that all artists, students, staff, and board should have equal opportunity to present and experience the arts programs made available by our organization.  It is in this spirit and with this commitment that Pushcart Players addresses our attitudes, practices and policies with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). We have drafted an ADA Compliance Plan to be an active one, reviewed and updated on a regular basis as warranted by new information, legislation, services, and technology.

Pushcart Players does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, treatment of or employment in, its services, programs or activities.  Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in Pushcart Players’ services, programs and activities.

Pushcart Players has a designated coordinator to facilitate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as required by Section 35.107 of the U.S. Department of Justice regulations, and to coordinate compliance with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

While the above laws mandate equal access to persons with disabilities, Pushcart Players makes it a priority to establish a workplace and environment that embraces the spirit of the law ensuring an optimal experience for all.  Upon request, information will be made available in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, CD or DVD.  In addition, Pushcart Players will arrange for audio-described, sign interpreted and/or open-captioned performances or sensory seminars at certain performances; and will provide scripts and study guide materials beforehand to facilitate preparations for such performances.  Pushcart will also offer adapted, sensory-friendly performances, with advance notice, for students on the autism spectrum or with other cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Pushcart Players addresses subject matter in its theatrical productions that offer a natural significance to persons with disabilities and special needs. Pushcart makes it a priority to serve this constituency in its educational programs, workshops, classes, and residencies by initiating robust outreach efforts and seeking subsidies and funding for the same.

Pushcart Players’ hiring practices for artists and staff and recruitment of board members applies the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). A broad representation is reflected in all these areas, as demonstrated in our history, and is designed to provide a representation of the audiences we serve in the state of New Jersey and nationally.

[Amended and re-adopted in January 2022]

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Policy

Pushcart Players is committed to identifying and eliminating the systemic biases that may exist both in our organization and in all aspects of our field.

We commit to doing this both within our own organization and with advocacy throughout the fields of theater and arts education.

This commitment is made with respect for the multitude of our membership and constituents whose lives and career paths are made demonstrably more difficult by an unequal distribution of resources, mentorships, opportunities, recognition, productions, and learning opportunities.

Pushcart Players urges all members of the theater and education communities to join us in taking concrete steps that will challenge stereotypes of otherness and will address conscious and unconscious bias in our decision-making processes, activities, programs, and services.

[December 2021]