Hearing Loss

Helping People with Hearing Loss Enjoy the Theatre
TDF strives to increase access to theatre for all audiences, including people who are hard of hearing or deaf. That's why TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP) for disabled theatregoers are such an important part of our outreach. For theatregoers who are hard of hearing or deaf, TAP provides open captioning and/or American Sign Language (ASL)  at select Broadway performances. These services help to make the theatre more accessible to people with hearing loss, as well as their families.


Who's Eligible?


There is no annual fee, but you must provide proof of eligibility in order to take advantage of TAP's hearing loss program.  Anyone who may benefit from open captioning or sign language interpreting services as the result of a documented physical limitation is eligible to apply for TDF Accessibility Membership.


Services Available To TAP Members with Hearing Loss


Open Captioning at Select Performances

For patrons who are Deaf, or have a slight to profound hearing loss, an electronic text display is placed to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage. (a list of currently scheduled OC performances can be found here.)

Sign Language Interpreting at Select Performances

For theatregoers who are Deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication, TAP provides a team of experienced theatre interpreters who stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into American Sign Language (ASL).

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Additional TAP Services for the members with hearing loss


Access for Young Audiences

TAP reaches out to school groups of young theatregoers who are Deaf or have  hearing loss, providing in-class workshops, and sending them to  simultaneously interpreted and open-captioned performances of Broadway shows. Learn more about Access for Young Audiences (AYA).

National Open Captioning Initiative

TDF offers a limited number of two-year regional theatre partnerships to sponsor open-captioned performances and increase attendance by people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more about TDF open captioning sponsorships.

TAP PLUS Program

TAP Plus Program offers grants designed to add open captioning services to events that are being made available to the public in New York State. Learn more about grants you may be eligible to receive.

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