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 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

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Contact

Web: click here

Email: [email protected]

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)

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: 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

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Contact

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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.

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Contact

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Phone: 313-576-5100


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

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Contact

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Email: [email protected]

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

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Contact

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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

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Contact

Web: click here

Email: [email protected]

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.

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Contact

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Email: [email protected]

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]

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
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]
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]

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Contact Information
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Executive Chair
Caroline Braden, The Henry Ford
Vice Chair
Jenny Angell, Detroit Institute of Arts
Administrative/ Financial Chair
Elena SV Flys, Eastern Michigan University
Communications/ Membership Chair
Jessica Belcoure Marcetti, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Programming Chair
Ameera Chaaban, Arab American National Museum

Our mission is to empower cultural institutions in Southeast Michigan to become more accessible and inclusive for people of all abilities. By sharing resources and experiences, leveraging expertise, refining best practices, and building institutional capacity we will increase accessibility for people with disabilities therein increasing accessibility for all.