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The Wexner Center is committed to creating and maintaining inclusive spaces of belonging that are accessible to everyone.
If you have questions about accessibility or wish to request an accommodation, please contact our accessibility manager by calling (614) 688–3890 or emailing email@example.com.
Requests made at least three weeks in advance of an event will generally allow us to provide seamless access; however, every effort will be made to meet requests received closer to an event date.
When you make your request, please be prepared to discuss your needs with us, let us know if you will have a companion with you, and provide your name and contact information so that we can follow up with you.
Saeed Jones (left) and Maggie Smith (right) engage in conversation while ASL interpreters Shawnese Allie and Anicia Manassa provide communication access. Jones, a Black man with warm, medium brown skin and what he describes as “neo-dreads,” wears an off-white shirt with large, black, loosely sketched geometric shapes; black gauchos; and black tennis shoes. He casually rests his left hand on his knee and pauses in reflection while gently brushing his right hand, holding a mic, against the side of his face. Smith, a white woman with warm, light pink skin; shoulder-length straight, medium brown hair; and glasses, wears a long, loose off-white dress with tightly repeating, large geometric shapes and hot pink high-heel shoes. She sits in profile holding a mic in her right hand and gesturing a pincer grip with her left hand while responding to Jones. Allie, a Black woman with cool, light brown skin and chin-length, medium brown natural curls, wears a black t-shirt dress and light brown sandals. She sits to the right of Smith and fingerspells the letter “y.” Manassa, a Black woman with warm, medium brown skin and chin-length, black natural hair, wears a black dress, peach cardigan, and peach sandals. She sits behind Jones to the left and is partially obscured. Her hands rest in her lap. All four individuals sit in chairs on a gray stage in front of a cinematic screen showing the title slide for the 2022 Lambert Family Lecture. CART captions on the screen read, “I lean on constantly which is, what, jo joy is an act of resistance.”
The Wexner Center for the Arts and Mershon Auditorium are included in Ohio State's Aira Campus Network, a service that connects blind and low-vision people to highly trained, remotely located agents through a smartphone app. Aira enables instant access to visual information at the touch of a button. Any faculty or staff member, student, or visitor can use Aira for free to help navigate the physical environment of Ohio State's campus, read signage, and find specific rooms and areas. Once you have downloaded the app and signed in as an Aira guest, you will be able to make a call to an Aira agent for visual guide assistance.
For help with the Aira application or sign-up problems, call (800) 835–1934, 9 AM–9 PM, seven days a week.
To request ASL interpretation for an event, please contact our accessibility manager by calling (614) 688–3890 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited number of ALDs with headsets and neck loops are available on request for performances and lectures that use amplified sound. Our Visitor Experience team is happy to assist with complimentary rentals. Please have a photo ID available.
A calming room located inside the seating area of Mershon Auditorium is available for patron use during events. Features include freedom of movement between the room and general seating (with assistance from event staff, if needed), a view of the stage through large windows, adjustable volume controls, a dimmable light switch for overhead incandescent lighting, alternative seating options (such as adult- and child-size yoga balls), and more.
Captioning is planned for the Wexner Center for the Arts' endowed lectures, which include the Director's Dialogue on Art and Social Change, the DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Lecture, and the Lambert Family Lecture. Videos available on wexarts.org have open or closed captions. To request CART (or live captioning) for an event that you are planning to attend, please contact our accessibility manager by calling (614) 688–3890 or emailing email@example.com.
A comfort room located off the Mershon Auditorium lobby is available by request for patron use during events. Features include the privacy of a closed room (with assistance from event staff, if needed), overhead fluorescent lighting, optional incandescent lamps, a blue-light calming motion lamp, a small couch, two padded chairs with back support, alternative seating options (such as an adult-size yoga ball), and more.
Some of our visual art galleries have benches or couches, depending on the exhibition. Free gallery stools are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. These lightweight and portable folding seats are available at the lower-level coat check inside the Wex. Please return them at the end of your visit.
Manual wheelchairs and collapsible strollers are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the lower-level coat check inside the Wexner Center building and at the main floor coat check inside Mershon Auditorium. Our Visitor Experience team is happy to assist with complimentary rentals. Please have a photo ID available.
The Wex also welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters.
Your trained service dog is welcome in all our spaces. The nearest grassy area is along the southern side of Mershon Auditorium, located immediately northeast of the High Street entrance to the Wexner Center building.
Accessible restrooms are located next to the café on the gallery level of the Wexner Center, near the Performance Space inside the Wex, and on the main floor of Mershon Auditorium. The spaces are equipped with changing tables and paper towel dispensers.
The small, metered parking area on the High Street side of Mershon Auditorium may be used as a drop-off and pick-up point for patrons visiting the Wexner Center or attending events. A very limited number of designated accessible parking spaces are located in that lot.
Accessible parking spaces are designated in the Ohio Union South Garage, just south of the Wexner Center, and in Arps Garage, about one block north of the center. These are your closest parking options. The Ohio Union South Garage is open for visitor parking at all times. The Arps Garage is generally open for visitor parking in the evening and on weekends.
The Wexner Center offers programs in our own spaces as well as other campus and community venues. Before heading to an event, please check your ticket to verify the location and consult these notes for details about our on-site venues. Service animals are welcome in all venues.
* Our Visitor Experience team is happy to assist with complimentary rentals of wheelchairs, strollers, and assistive listening devices. Please have a photo ID available.
If you wish to organize a guided or self-guided tour or gallery experience for your school, campus, or community group, please contact the Wexner Center's education staff by calling (614) 292-6493 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at least three weeks in advance of your requested date. We'll be glad to discuss any questions you may have about access or accommodations. Find out more about tours and gallery experiences.
The Wexner Center for the Arts is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are engaged in ongoing efforts to improve the user experience for everyone by applying relevant standards in alignment with The Ohio State University's Digital Accessibility Policy and our shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Measures to support accessibility
The Wexner Center ensures accessibility in our digital and physical spaces by:
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) define globally recognized best practices for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It outlines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. In alignment with Ohio State’s Minimum Digital Accessibility Standards (MDAS), the Wexner Center’s website wexarts.org is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. Partially conformant means that some content does not fully meet minimum accessibility standards at this time. We are aware that our site is not fully accessible and are actively working to meet and maintain conformance standards that will provide an accessible user experience for all.
Despite our best efforts to ensure the accessibility of wexarts.org, you may encounter some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below. We are committed to the ideals of accessibility and will work to provide access as issues are reported or discovered.
Known limitations for wexarts.org:
Please let us know if you encounter an issue with images or video by emailing us at email@example.com.
wexarts.org is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies:
The accessibility of wexarts.org relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:
These technologies are relied on for conformance with the accessibility standards used.
The Wexner Center for the Arts welcomes all visitors and is committed to creating and maintaining inclusive spaces of belonging that are accessible to everyone.
If you have positive feedback, comments, or concerns about your experience with any of the Wex's programs, services, facilities, or employees, please let us know by filling out our Accessibility Feedback Form. Your feedback is needed to help us achieve our goal of inclusive access for all. You will receive an initial response within five business days.
We will respond to accessibility complaints within one business day and work to propose a solution within 10 business days, in consultation with The Ohio State University's ADA Coordinator's Office.
If your concern is time sensitive, if you have difficulty with the form, or if you prefer to contact the accessibility manager for the Wex directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 688–3890 (voice).