Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus is dedicated to providing all patrons with a friendly, caring environment in which to enjoy the arts. Volunteers are available at 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. NJ Relay System TTY: (800) 852-7899 or 711. Appel Farm Office at (856) 358-2472 ext. 103, or click here to contact us.
Periodically, complimentary tickets are made available to service groups who provide access services to patrons. Please contact us to learn more.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Appel Farm maintains anAccessibility 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.
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), family leave (due to the birth or adoption of a child or the serious health condition of a child, spouse, or parent), or 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 is 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. Additionally, the Appel Farm staff will work with both the off-site Families to College program and the Creativity Colaboratory Charter School in support of the ADA accessibility program.
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 an effort to uphold 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 partner 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]
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.
- Sign language interpretation and open captioning available upon two week advance notice. Please contact Heather Yelle at [email protected], call (856) 358-2472 ext. 103. You may also call the NJ Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.
- The Meadow and Grove Stages are equipped with an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) system (weather permitted). ALDs are available free of charge for performances at the Information Booth.
- Due to the nature of multiple activities happening at Festivals at once, sign language interpretation and open captioning available upon two week advance notice for specific items only. Please contact Heather Yelle at [email protected], call (856) 358-2472 ext. 103 to discuss your interests. You may also call the NJ Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.
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 on the concrete pad. Additionally, there is a side concrete pad with a sidewalk to the front door and patrons may use that area as well if needed. The theatre driveway and accessible parking area are gravel covered. Parking is also available on paved main lot with access via concrete walkway to theatre.
- During good weather months, golf cart transportation is available from the main lot to the theatre. Please call in advance so that a golf cart is readily available for you.
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 accommodate three accompanying guests for each patron in a wheelchair.
- When art displays are in the 2nd floor gallery, portions of the display will be placed in the main lobby as well.
- Accessible parking is available for patrons with disabilities on the paved parking lot 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 paved 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 entrances to the Art Building/Gallery, Dining Hall, Dance Studio and Theatre are accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Art Building/Gallery, in the main lot for the Dining Hall and Dance Studio and at the Theatre. (Please see information about the Theatre above.)
- Please contact Julia Weekes, Programs and Creativity Director, at [email protected] with any specific requests before attending class so that we are able to make your class time as enjoyable as possible.
- The entrances to the Art Building/Gallery, Dining Hall, Dance Studio, Hill Building and Theatre are accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Art Building/Gallery, in the main lot for the Dining Hall, Dance Studio, Hill Building and at the Theatre. (Please see information about the Theatre above.)
- South Dorm and Coop Dorm are fully accessible. Patrons may drive their cars to those locations to unload at the concrete sidewalk. The driveway is partially paved and also stone.
North Dorm facilities are limited and are only used during warm weather seasons. Patrons are welcome to drive on the dirt road 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.
- Large Print brochures are available for the Festival programs, the Summer Arts Camp Brochure and the Rental Brochure.
- Braille brochures are available with two weeks advance notice.
- Sensory Seminars are usually held when there are theatre productions where props can be touched. Hands on classes (STEAMLab and ARTSLab) also provide an opportunity for those with limited site to work with their hands.
(Revised and adopted 12/10/19)
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 by the ADA Coordinator to help resolve the concern and indicate progress toward creating an environment of independence for persons with disabilities within a week under the guidance of the Executive Director, who may or may not be involved directly within the process. If 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; this will then be shared formally with the Executive Director.
- 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 immediate action is not attainable and Appel Farm staff needs 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 of 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.
It should also be noted that Appel Farm promotes a sense of understanding, community awareness and attention to individual needs through Appel Farm’s four core values of community, personal growth, safety, and fun. Appel Farm proactively supports a community of individuals with diverse needs with the central value of providing an environment encouraging all people (children and adults alike) to be their best selves. With this philosophy in mind, it is the staff’s desire and best intentions that this grievance procedure will only need to be addressed and executed at the staff level.
Emergency Preparedness Plan
As one of Appel Farm’s four core principals, Safety (both physically and emotionally) is of utmost priority for our staff, students, teachers, Board and visitors. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center has been working diligently with numerous emergency responders in the creation of the Emergency Preparedness Plan.
The purpose of the Appel Farm Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) is to protect life in emergencies by coordinating response activities of the staff, volunteers and outside service organizations (such as the fire, police and ambulance) to ensure their optimum use. The plan provides for actions to be taken to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from the effects of an emergency. As part of the plan, consideration for persons with disabilities have been taken and are included within the plan.