Life Happens On a Stage!
By Vicki Leeper, Disability Action Center Marketing Specialist
Disability Action Center NW is a 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy center that has been in operation since 1990. They work for changes at the community, state, and national levels to remove physical, communication, and attitude barriers for people with disabilities. DAC NW has offices in Moscow, Lewiston, and Coeur d’Alene. They offer a variety of services, including peer-to-peer independent living support, medical equipment exchange, help with self-advocacy, and access to assistive technology.
This fall DAC NW is partnering with the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre on a fundraising collaboration called “Life Happens on a Stage,” raising funds to purchase a sturdy, portable chair lift system for use to access the Kenworthy stage. All of the funds raised from A Dime in Time will be used toward the purchase of the stage lift for the Kenworthy Theatre. Since the Kenworthy is a non-profit, they do not receive any tax incentives for becoming ADA accessible (complying with the guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act). But they have been working hard to make their community theatre as accessible as possible. To commend them on this effort, DAC NW decided to join forces and raise funds together for this worthwhile accessible technology for the community.
This accessible stage lift can be made available for other events in the community like Artwalk or Rendevous in the Park to make sure these events meet ADA requirements for accessibility.
The fundraising campaign will run through March and end with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 27, World Theater Day. As part of the campaign, DAC NW and the Kenworthy will feature Reel Movie Mondays, a free movie screening held the first Monday of the month October through March. It will kick off with a Zombie Fest on October 2, featuring a screening of the fun zombie film, Fido. Films about accessibility and the importance of inclusion will be shown each month.
DAC NW has an extremely diverse board of directors and staff that are eager to form this partnership with the community. Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our everyday lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. Life happens on a stage, and everyone should be able to be a part of it!