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Accessibility Information

AccessibiltyAppel Farm Arts & Music Center is dedicated to providing all patrons with a friendly, caring environment in which to enjoy the arts. Volunteers are available at the events to help with any of your needs. Assistance animals are welcome at Appel Farm.

To provide you with the best experience as possible, patrons requiring assistance should contact Appel Farm at least two weeks in advance. Call the Appel Farm Box Office at (856) 358-2472 ext. 103 or click here to contact us.

You may also call us through the the New Jersey Relay System at (800) 852-7899 or by dialing 711

Periodically complimentary tickets are made available to service groups who provide access services to patrons. Please contact the Box Office to discuss this option at (856) 358-2472 ext. 103 or click here to contact us.

Accessibility Advisory Committee

Appel Farm maintains an Accessibility Advisory Committee, which meets twice a year to address issues concerning programming, facilities and policies. If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee please contact Heather Yelle, Accessibility Coordinator at (856) 358-2472 ext. 103.

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Accessibility Services

ADA/Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

Appel Farm does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital status, gender, liability for military service, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), disability, or family leave (due to the birth or adoption of a child or the serious health condition of a child, spouse, or parent), disability in admission or access to, treatment of or employment in its services, programs or activities. Upon request, all reasonable accommodation will be provided to welcome individuals with disabilities to participate in Appel Farm’s services, programs and activities.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, located in Elmer, NJ, transforms lives through various on and off-site programs. This vision of providing quality arts and arts education experiences for the community is ingrained within the culture. All the staff are open and caring individuals who believe that the arts are innate within everyone and are just waiting to be developed by all. Appel Farm’s staff, volunteers, teaching artists and Board do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, treatment of or employment in, its services, programs or activities. Reasonable accommodation are made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in Appel Farm’s workforce, services, programs and activities. Appel Farm asks that patrons please allow two weeks advance notice to give the staff the opportunity to review requests and provide assistance whereas items such as large print and assistive listening devices are available at the door.

Appel Farm has a designated ADA Coordinator to facilitate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 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.

In keeping in line with the core values of community, personal growth, safety (both physical and emotional) and fun, Appel Farm will provide reasonable accommodation to patrons who request accessibility services and will work with outside organizations to assist with the request if needed. Patrons may review the accessible services that are available by consulting the following links.

Questions may be directed to the Heather Yelle, ADA Coordinator at (856)-358-2472 ext. 103 or [email protected].

Hearing Access

Assistive Listening Devices, Sign Language Interpretation, Open Captioning             

Performances in the Clare Rostan Appel Theatre

  • The Theatre is equipped with an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) system and is used for shows that use microphones. ALDs are available free of charge at the Theatre Box Office.
  • Specific shows each year will be interpreted. In the future, please call the Box Office at (856) 358-2472 for each season’s offering.
  • Open captioning will be available for specific shows. Please call the Box Office at (856) 358-2472 for each season’s offering.

On-Site Festivals

  • The Meadow and Grove Stages are equipped with an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) system (weather permitted). ALDs are available free of charge at the Information Booth.

Mobility Access

Building & Grounds Accessibility

Performances in the Clare Rostan Appel Theatre

  • The theatre, box office, concessions and restrooms are barrier free.
  • Two accessible parking spots are available near the theatre and two more are available in the paved main lot. Patrons may pull up to the front door of the theatre and unload. The theatre driveway and accessible parking area are gravel covered. Parking is also available on tar-top main lot with access via concrete walkway to theatre.
  • Volunteers are made available to assist you.
  • Limited Wheelchair seating is available and may be reserved in advance or on a first come, first served basis at the door. Appel Farm can seat up to three guests next to the patron in a wheelchair.

On-Site Festivals

  • Accessible parking is available for patrons with disabilities in the field adjacent to the entrance area. Patrons are greeted by volunteers providing golf cart transportation from the parking lot to the box office and to one of the stages. You may also request a return trip at the end of the day.
  • There is access to the Meadow stage via a tar-top driveway and concrete walkway if you prefer. The rest of the grounds are located in fields with grass that has been mowed.
  • Accessible port-o-lets are available.

Arts Classes & Workshops

  • The Art Building, Gallery, Dining Hall, Dance Studio and Theatre are accessible. Please e-mail Kerri Sullivan, Director of Arts Education and Outreach, with your request before attending class so that we are able to make your class time as enjoyable as possible.

Conference Center Housing

  • South Dorm, Hill Dorm and Coop dorm are fully accessible. The Hill Dorm has a gravel drive with a concrete walkway to the building. There is a tar-top drive that leads to concrete walkways for the South and Coop Dorms.
  • North Dorm facilities are limited. Patrons are welcome to drive directly to the North Dorm to unload. Access to the building may also be obtained through a rear entrance sidewalk.

Other Building Access

Please call (856) 358-2472 or email Heather Yelle, Accessibility Coordinator with your requests.

 

Visual Access

Large Print/Braille Brochures & Sensory Seminars

Large Print and Braille brochures are available for the Festival programs, the Summer Arts Camp Brochure and the Conference Center Brochure. (We do not print any type of program for the family performances.)

Please contact Appel Farm through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TRS) (800) 852-7899 or dial 711.
 

Grievance Policy

Appel Farm’s Accessibility Grievance Policy
Revised: 12/13/16

Appel Farm provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities to the programs, facilities and services. When a concern arises about an issue of accessibility, there is a grievance procedure in place that provides for prompt and fair resolution of complaints received from visitors, patrons, students and employees. In the event that an individual wishes to bring forth a concern, all attempts are made to address the issue immediately and the following steps will be utilized:

  • Appel Farm’s ADA Coordinator initially will meet with, or talk on the phone with, the patron/employee to determine the nature of the concern, discuss and document the issues and answer any questions raised by the individual. A copy of the accessibility statement and grievance procedure will be provided to the individual. The patron/employee may designate a person to act on their behalf. Other ADA committee members may join in the meeting should they have pertinent information to resolve the matter. Assistance will be offered to help resolve the concern and indicate progress toward creating an environment of independence for persons with disabilities within a week under the supervision of the Executive Director;
  • If, however, the individual wants to make a formal request in writing, the patron/employee should address the request to the ADA Coordinator, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, PO Box 888, Elmer, NJ 08318 or email [email protected]. The patron/employee must include name, address, telephone number, email and a description of the concern and time/date it occurred, and what action the individual recommends to resolve the issue;
  • An informal investigation shall be performed by the ADA Coordinator to verify information and to verify the circumstances of the concern within the second week. If an immediate action is not attainable and Appel Farm staff need further assistance, it will be identified to the patron at the end of the second week;
  • Recommendations and timeline for accommodation will be presented to Appel Farm’s ADA Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees for consideration within 14 days following Appel Farm’s introduction to the concern;
  • Board approved recommendations and accommodations will be reported to the individual within 45 days from the date of the filing of the concern, if it has not already been presented within the first two weeks as stated in steps 1 and 2.
  • If the patron/employee is not satisfied with the outcome and has additional information to share with the board for reconsideration, the individual should appeal the decision within 30 days if the initial notification. The Appel Farm Board of Trustees has 30 days to respond to the additional information (appeal).
  • Further unresolved concerns would then be settled through correspondence with Appel Farm’s attorney in accordance to applicable NJ law.

Other Accessible Organizations

Providing more Accessible services

Art-Reach (provide free or low cost tickets to cultural events)
Cultural Access Network (accessible events calendar for New Jersey)
Cumberland County Office on Aging and Disabled
Gloucester County Office of Disability Services
Salem County Office for the Disabled