Disability Arts Programming


With the establishment of a multidisciplinary Disability Studies program at Millersville University in 2013-14, new attention is being directed towards Disability Arts. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters & MetLife Foundation, and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Millersville has instituted tripartite Disability Arts programming.


We are currently and will continue to introduce the campus and community to the work of professional artists from across the disability spectrum through performances, exhibitions, master classes, and workshops. We offer accessible presentations featuring ASL interpretation, open-captioning, audio-description, large-print and Braille programs, wheelchair seating at our ADA compliant venues, and now select sensory friendly performances for children on the autism spectrum. We also provide arts-learning and performance opportunities for area individuals of all ages living with sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities. Contact Barry Kornhauser for more information.  The university also hosts an annual Disability Film series. 


“I was so awed to see that many people involved in trying to enhance the quality of life for deaf people. It made me feel more hopeful.” – Deaf Patron


Millersville University Disability Arts Advisory Council


The Millersville University Disability Arts Advisory Council (DAAC) is a group comprised of MU faculty, staff,  undergraduate and graduate students, and community stakeholders.  These stakeholders include leaders and representatives of local cultural organizations and many of the area agencies that serve the Deaf and disability communities, and also individuals who themselves have sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities.   Meetings are held during the academic year for a sharing of ideas, information, advice, and resources so that local individuals living with disabilities can become full participants in the cultural life of our region.  The council recognizes that not only are people with disabilities enriched by the arts, but that the arts are enriched by their inclusion.   New council members are always welcome.  Contact Barry.Kornhauser@Millersville.edu.