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Code of Conduct

We understand that language is fluid and varies from community to community, country to country, and culture to culture. We respect those differences and ask that you do, too.

We oppose all discrimination on the grounds of disability, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, class, or religious belief.


We do not tolerate harassment, including name-calling, badgering, attacks on a person's character or motives, and/or offensive language or profanity. We do not allow posts related to partisan politics.

Photograph of a woman seated in a wheelchair, listening to the person on their right speaking.

Access/VSA International Network Code of Conduct

Participation Guidelines

Please do:

  • Ask questions about techniques, tools, or tips.

  • Seek advice on getting into the field.

  • Share best practices.

  • Discuss controversies in the field or profession.

  • Assume good intent.

  • Keep subject lines concise and clear so members can respond appropriately and easily search the archives.

  • Gracefully offer and accept well-communicated constructive criticism.

  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.

  • Consider whether a post or reply is relevant to the entire group or would be better sent to an individual.

  • Sign posts and replies with your real name.


Please do not:

  • Post about topics unrelated to disability and access to arts and culture.

  • Post redundant information. Consider searching the archives to see if a topic has been discussed before.

  • Post excessively or write excessively long posts.

  • Sell or promote products or services for financial gain.


We moderate our listservs and online communities, and reserve the right to deny posts that do not follow our guidelines and to suspend membership to anyone who violates this code of conduct. If you have any questions or concerns, or want to report potential violations, please contact for any issues relating to the Creative or Arts and Special Education tracks, or for any relating to the Cultural Access Track.


Privacy Policy

The Access/VSA International Network does not sell, rent, or share any personally identifiable information shared by visitors or our membership mailing list.

Legal Notice

Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without permission. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that they own the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the Access/VSA International Network and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

The Access/VSA International Network is not responsible for opinions and information posted on this site or list.

Limitations of Liability

To the extent allowed under law, the Access/VSA International Network (a) disclaims all implied warranties and representations (e.g., warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy of data, and noninfringement); (b) does not guarantee that the communications tools will function without interruption or errors, and (c) provides the communication tools (including content and information) on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the extent permitted under law (and unless the Access/VSA International Network has entered into a separate written agreement that overrides this contract), the Access/VSA International Network shall not be liable to you or others for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages, or any loss of data, opportunities, reputation, profits, or revenues, related to the communications tools (e.g., offensive or defamatory statements, downtime or loss, use of, or changes to, your information or content). In no event shall the liability of the Access/VSA International Network exceed, in the aggregate for all claims, US $1000. This limitation of liability is part of the basis of the bargain between you and the Access/VSA International Network  and shall apply to all claims of liability (e.g., warranty, tort, negligence, contract law) and even if the Access/VSA International Network has been told of the possibility of any such damage, and even if these remedies fail their essential purpose.

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