The Frist Center has been certified as “Accessibility Friendly” by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.
The Frist Center gratefully acknowledges the guidance and assistance of the Tennessee Disability Coalition and the Center for Independent Living. Since prior to the opening of the Frist Center in 2001, the staffs of these organizations have supported and inspired our efforts.
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With appreciation to the ADA National Network
Accessible Parking Spaces
The Frist Center Visitor Parking Lot is located on land adjacent to the building. The lot contains 90 parking spaces. The barrier-free distance from the accessible parking spaces (located in the northeast corner of the Visitor Parking Lot) to the entryway in the Turner Courtyard is approximately 125 yards.
• The Frist Center has five designated accessible parking spaces available in the Frist Center Visitor Parking Lot for vehicles displaying the appropriate hang tags and license plates. The spaces are located in the northeast corner of the Frist Center Visitor Parking Lot nearest the barrier-free crossing and entrance to the Frist Center and are clearly marked.
• There are also accessible, clearly marked public parking spaces on 9th Avenue.
A limited number of accessible public parking spaces are also available on 9th Avenue. Barrier-free entrances are located on 9th Avenue near Broadway and at the rear courtyard (These spaces are designated by Metro Traffic and Parking, not specifically for the Frist Center.) near the service court entrance on the Demonbreun Street side of the building.
• Barrier-free building access is available from both the Frist Center Visitor Parking Lot and at the corner of 9th Avenue and Broadway.
Barrier-Free Entry into the Frist Center:
• Via the entrance to the Turner Courtyard on the southeast side of the building nearest the Federal Courthouse. The barrier-free entry to the Turner Courtyard is located near the Frist Center’s large generator which is clearly visible from the accessible parking spaces in the Frist Center Visitor Parking Lot. The barrier-free distance from these accessible parking spaces to the building entrance is approximately 125 yards.
• Via the ramp located at the entrance located on 9th Ave. near the corner of Broadway and 9th Ave. The distance from the entrance to the Visitor Services Desk through the Grand Lobby is approximately 80 yards.
Service Animals are welcome at the Frist Center.
For Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
• Assistive listening devices are available for visitors with hearing impairments who are attending programs in the Frist Center Auditorium. Contact the staff member managing event to obtain headset that provide amplification of sound via an infrared transmission signal.
TOURS: On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpreters will be available for both the 1:30 p.m. Docent Walk-up Tour and the 4:30 p.m. Architecture Tour beginning Saturday, September 6. Our Docent Walk-up Tours focus on one of the current exhibitions and require gallery admission. Our Architecture Tours explore the Frist Center’s landmark Art Deco building and are free. No advance reservation for either tour is required. ASL interpretation is generously supported by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.
For Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted
• Large-print booklets containing exhibition wall text and labels are available for check out through the Audio Tour Desk.
• Gallery Guides at 30% larger than the regular size are available for exhibitions when applicable.
• Braille signage on rooms throughout the building.• Braille guide for Post Office to Art Center brochure is available at the Visitor Services Desk, at the Membership Desk, and the Volunteer Information Desk.
• iPod Audio Tours are available for most exhibitions. iPods are free for Frist Center Members and are available for rental for non-Members.
• Docent-guided Tours of exhibitions are available daily at 1:30 p.m.
Accessible Rest Rooms are located throughout the Frist Center:
o In the Conte Community Arts Gallery
o Inside the Auditorium doors near the water fountains (These are large restrooms appropriate for family use.)
o Inside the galleries on the Upper Level at the top of each stairway
o In the education hallway on the upper level.
• Large-type menus are available.
• The Frist Center Café has tables to accommodate wheelchairs.
For Visitors With Mobility Issues
Please note: The Frist Center occupies an entire city block. Walking from one side of the building to the other is a distance of approximately 80 yards. Because exhibitions change frequently and their contents vary widely, seating areas are not always located uniformly from one exhibition to the next.
• Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. They are kept in Coat Check and can be retrieved by speaking with a Member Desk or Visitor Services staff member. Borrowers will be asked to leave a driver’s license during the period the wheelchair is being used.
• To accommodate people of stature, a large wheelchair with a 24-inch seat is available.
• There are two four-footed adjustable canes and a rolling walker available for check out through the Member Desk or Coat Check.
The Frist Center Website
Fristcenter.org conforms to W3C Best Practices and those Web Accessibility Guidelines that apply to our site. In summary:• Images on the site includes “alt” text which explains the content of the image. There is also contextual information included around each image to explain why it is included where it is.
• Information conveyed by color (such as sidebar navigation) is also structured by the markup in a way consistent to conveying the same information.
• Foreground, background, and text color combinations provide sufficient contrast to be viewed by people with color deficits.
• Style sheets are used to control layout and presentation, removing them from the content of the page itself and thus allowing screen readers to function correctly without including this additional, unnecessary, and non-contextual information.
• Relative units of position are used throughout the HTML/CSS markup, meaning the structure of the HTML is consistent with its visual layout, allowing screen readers to properly read elements on the screen in the correct order.
• Header HTML elements are used to convey document structure and importance, allowing screen readers to correctly determine the actual content of the page.
• Lists and list items are marked up properly.
• HTML markup is used in accordance with their intended use and W3C best practices. No HTML elements are used improperly, and no special characters are used to affect the visual layout of a page.
• Documents are organized so that they may be read without style sheets.
• There are no pop-ups or other windows that appear, and the current window’s content does not change without informing the user.
• Audio/Visual content such as videos have text descriptions associated with them to provide context and information about the content of the video.
• Exhibition entries are accompanied by in-depth, text-based articles and headlines and sub-headlines are descriptive and refer to the entry in closest proximity.