Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) creates dialogue between the cultural community and the human service sector to expand understanding and practice in accessibility.  


What is CAFE?

Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange is dialogue series driven by Art-Reach. CAFE brings cultural organizations together with members of the disability and low-income communities to focus on improving cultural access for everyone.

This forum addresses issues of cultural accessibility in order to:

  • Enhance accessible accommodations offered by the Greater Philadelphia cultural community
  • Encourage arts providers within the sector to continue their efforts in making experiences accessible to patrons with disabilities
  • Expand awareness of the need for such efforts

CAFE was launched in 2015, during the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law. Art-Reach believes that more can be done when we work together, and learn from one another. These forums invite the arts community and members of the disability community to share best practices, learn about advances in the field and hear from thought leaders in cultural accessibility from across the country.

CAFE Sessions are generously sponsored by: 

Logos of Liberty Resources, Independence Foundation, Philadelphia Foundation, Wells Fargo

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Upcoming CAFE sessions:

CAFE: Understanding Service Dogs
Thursday, June 5th  | 3-5 PM

Art-Reach is excited to be partnering with United Disabilities Services (UDS) Foundations’s Service Dogs Program for June’s CAFE. A service dog can perform specific tasks that help a person with a disability lead a more independent life. Participants will learn how service dogs work with people’s busy lives, the training dogs go through to meet Assistance Dogs International (ADI) standards, and the distinctions between service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals. The session will discuss the rights that someone with a service dog has in public spaces under the ADA, and what steps cultural organizations can take to develop reasonable modification that ensures accessible and respectful environments.

Art-Reach welcomes Kristina Smith, the Program Coordinator for UDS Service Dogs, to lead this discussion and a demonstration by a certified service dog. Click here to learn more about the UDS Foundation’s Service Dogs

Art-Reach Cultural Accessibility Conference

 1-Day Conference
Wednesday, September 11  | Friends Center

Art-Reach is proud to host an inaugural one-day conference that includes information sessions, workshops and interactive presentations that cover multiple topics on cultural accessibility. Proposal submissions are currently being accepted. Click here for more information on the Art-Reach Cultural Accessibility Conference.

View Past Presenters


Accessibility Planning: The Key to Successful Inclusion, presented by John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Build A Bridge International presenting, Fostering Resilience through Art Making


Elizabeth Clay presenting, The Digital Welcome Mat: Is Your Website and Marketing Accessible to the Disability Community

I AM, Documentary Film by Art-Reach


The Makers of Fierce Kind of Love 

Cultural Access Network Project 

Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accessibility at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Dynah Haubert is a staff attorney with Disability Rights Pennsylvania and Johnny Crescendo a leader in the disabled people’s movement.

Roger Ideishi, Associate Professor of Instruction in Rehabilitation Sciences Program Director

Hearing concrete steps we can take and conceptual changes to new approaches was extremely helpful.

— CAFE participant