TDF Access for NYC Theatre

Symposiums, Trainings & Grants
TDF is thrilled to host an accessibility symposium this spring to facilitate a dialogue with non-profit theatres in New York City on meeting the needs of the community. This event is made possible through funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs.

TDF Access for NYC Theatre’s primary focus will be on helping theatres achieve sustainability in providing access for the long term rather than easy solutions for an individual performance that requires accommodation. The aim will be to implement ongoing services 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.

In addition, TDF is accepting letters of inquiry through June 30, 2017 from not-for-profit theatres in New York City that are seeking to purchase their own accessibility equipment for audio description and/or open captioning.  These grants are intended to help theatres increase their audiences of people with hearing and vision loss and create sustainable accessibility programs. Find out more information below!


Symposium on Accessibility

On April 24, 2017, TDF held it's first TDF Access for NYC Theatre Symposium thanks to funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs. See some highlights below!

Non-profit theatre owners and managers were invited to join TDF for a day-long presentation on accessibility best practices with guest speakers from across the country. 

Topics covered included ADA Ticketing, Sustainable Audio Description Programs, and looking at various Captioning options.

Speakers included:

TDF hopes to have future symposiums. Stay tuned for more information!


Apply for a TDF Theatre Access Consortium Equipment Grant

PowerPoint Slides from April 24th's TDF Access for NYC Theatre Symposium

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