Mayor de Blasio and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities hosted a reception at Gracie Mansion on August 9th to honor the work of disability rights advocates in New York City and to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This year, Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Victor Calise chose Theatre Development Fund as one the night's honorees earning the TITLE II ADA Sapolin Public Service Award.
The City of New York ADA Sapolin Public Service Award is given to an organization for upholding the ADA and the protections it provides under title 2. The award reads "Through the TDF Accessibility Program and its partnership in creating Theatre Access NYC, the organization helps people with disabilities enjoy outstanding live theater and dance performances in our city by providing accessible seating, interpreters, performances for people with autism, and more. Today as we gather to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the groundbreaking ADA, I commend TDF for its dedication to building a more equitable, inclusive future for all New Yorkers."
Victoria Bailey, Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund, said, “Theatre Development Fund is deeply honored to receive the Title II ADA Sapolin Public Service Award in recognition of all the services we provide through our Theater Access Program. The program, started in 1979, helps theatregoers with disabilities get special assistance according to their needs. Through our latest initiative – the website Theatreaccess.nyc which we created in partnership with the Broadway League – theatregoers with disabilities have one place to find out everything they need to know to plan a trip to a Broadway show. We are grateful to the many donors, ranging from foundations to individuals and the City of New York, for their sustained support of our access programs.“
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