The City of New York estimates that there are nearly one million New York City residents who self-identify as living with one or more with disabilities and millions more visit the city each year. TDF Access for NYC Theatre will help to provide an equal theatregoing opportunity for these individuals by ensuring that New York City non-profit theatres have the resources they need to establish and maintain accessibility services for their productions.
TDF Access for NYC Theatre’s primary focus will be on helping theatres achieve sustainability in providing access services for the long term rather than easy solutions for an individual performance that requires accommodation. The aim will be to implement non-architectural access for people with hearing and vision loss as well as individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, rather than assisting facilities with building design for mobility access. By the time the ADA celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020, the Consortium will help make New York City truly the most theatre accessible city in the world by ensuring that its nearly one million residents who self-identify as living with one or more disabilities can participate fully as audience members.
Spring 2017 Symposium on Accessibility
Non-profit theatre owners and managers are invited to join TDF for a day-long presentation on accessibility best practices with guest speakers from across the country. These leaders in the field will bring to you their years of experience and knowledge to help guide you on your journey toward maintaining inclusive theatre policies.
Monday, April 24th, 2017
10:30 am- 4:30 pm
Registration begins at 9:30 am
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10063
Topics covered will include ADA Ticketing, Sustainable Audio Description Programs, and looking at all of your Captioning options.
Confirmed Speakers include:
- Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Evan Hatfield, Director of Audience Experience, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
- Mark Annunziato,VP of Engineering and Operations, Sound Associates
- JW Guido, Artistic Director, NY Deaf Theatre
- Andrea Day, NYC and National Audio Describer
- Ruth Feldman, Senior Writer and Audio Description Trainer, Audio Description Solutions
- David Chu, Co-Founder, c2 (caption coalition) inc
- Erica Foster, Operations Director/Accessibility Coordinator, Lifeline Theatre
* Additionally there will be a special address from Commissioner Victor Calise from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (212) 912-9770.