ADA Accessibility

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Determining ADA Accessibility:
The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities has provided this basic checklist of features to help artists determine whether or not their open studio areas are minimally accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an exhaustive list and may not be used to determine full compliance with either the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Rules and Regulations (MAAB; 521 CMR). A full copy of MAAB Rules and Regulations may be found online at

Your venue must have all of the following to be considered fully accessible for Open Studios purposes:

•     A hard-surfaced (such as a concrete or asphalt) walkway or ramp with a minimum clear width of 36” leading to an accessible entry
•     At least one zero-step entrance into the studio space
•     Entry doors (and doors connecting studio spaces) must either have levers that may be operated with a single closed fist (doorknobs are not acceptable) or remain open or be staffed at all times that the studio is open to the public
•     A minimum of 32” clear width through all doorways
•     A clear route of travel of at least 36” wide into, through, and out of the studio
•     At least one clear 60” open circular area within the studio to allow for wheelchair maneuverability
•     At least one designated disability parking space, if parking is provided to members of the public. Artists may request that the City install temporary disability parking signage on public streets where street parking is permitted by contacting the Cambridge Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department at 617-349-4700 voice or 617-349-4621 TTY.

Note: All Cambridge Arts Open Studios Common Venues arranged by Cambridge Arts are fully accessible.