Sharing the Performing Arts with People who have Low Vision or are Blind
TDF believes that the arts should be shared with everyone, including those with vision loss. For theatregoers who have low vision or are blind, TDF’s Accessibility Programs provide audio description services at select Broadway performances. Audio description allows the theatre lover who is blind or has low vision, to enjoy a live performance with their loved ones.
There is no annual fee, but you must provide proof of eligibility in order to take advantage of our vision loss program. Anyone who is blind or has low vision, or may benefit from audio-description services as the result of a documented physical limitation is eligible to apply for TDF Accessibility Membership.
Services available to TDF Accessibility Members with vision loss
Audio Description at Select Performances
For theatregoers who are blind or have moderate to severe vision loss, TAP provides a specially trained describer who verbalizes what's happening on stage during pauses in dialogue. The describer uses a headset microphone, while individuals using the service listen through a receiver with a single earpiece.
Audio Described performances occasionally also include a pre-performance touch tour. Touch tours provide an opportunity for theatregoers who are blind or partially-sighted to familiarize themselves with the set ahead of the performance. When these occur, you'll explore the set with a highly skilled audio describer trained to provide vivid, detailed verbal description of the set, while experiencing a selection of objects through touch.
TICKETS WILL BE MAILED, OR IF THE OFFER IS FOR E-TICKETS, YOU WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO PICK YOUR TICKETS UP AT THE BOX OFFICE.
Additional services for members with vision loss
TDF Accessibility Programs for Students
TAP reaches out to school groups of young theatregoers who are blind or have low vision, by providing in-class workshops, and sending them to special audio-described performances of Broadway shows.