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.

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Upcoming CAFE sessions:

Actors rehearsing play, holding protest signs

Rehearsal images for ‘A Fierce Kind of Love’  photo by JJ Tiziou

The Making of a Fierce Kind of Love

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June 6, 10-12 pm
The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street 1st floor, Philadelphia PA 19102

Meet the creative team of “A Fierce Kind of Love” – a 2016 theatrical work which tells the untold story of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability Rights Movement and celebrates the struggle, activism and fierce love that fueled this movement’s desire for dignity. Producer, Playwright Suli Holum, Director David Bradley, and Cast Members will speak about the creation of this important and moving play.

**Coffee/Tea and Light Refreshments will be provided**

This is a FREE Event, but Registration is required.  

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To learn more about Fierce Kind of Love, click here.

Click here to learn more about David Bradley, Director

Click here to learn more about Suli Holum, Playwright


Past presenters include:

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