I’m not really a movie theater fan. I don’t know if it is sensory or what, but there are just a bunch of other things I’d rather be doing than movies. I’m definitely a fan of Netflix, though!
I was lucky enough, however, to be exposed to the performing arts as a child and love almost nothing more than a live performance – concert, theater show, dance performance… just about anything live makes me happy.
The organization who runs the discount TKTS booth in Times Square, the Theatre Development Fund, also runs all kinds of amazing programs aimed at making theatre (both in NYC and across the country) accessible to all – including people with disabilities. I’m lucky in that I do not need any accommodations to go to the theatre, but many people are not able to do so. They offer discounted performances targeted to people with disabilities affecting vision or hearing, such as audio-described and signed performances.
TDF recently started something called the Autism Theatre Initiative, which offers modified performances targeted for families affected by autism. I think this is an amazing idea that I hope will have more success, as theatre is a powerful art form that everyone should have access to – and that many people with autism cannot. As a part of the newly-launched GOOD site, they are in the running to receive funding to continue this program. Currently the Lion King offers performances, personally I think it would be amazing if this expanded beyond Disney shows (many people with differences of all kinds have responded to the message of Wicked, for example, that would be great if they could adapt that show). Please consider checking this out and voting!
Thanks for reading this. I don’t really want to use my blog just to promote other things, but this is important to me on behalf of theatre fans with and without disabilities.
I saw an article about this a few months ago and was absolutely blown away by what an amazing idea it was and how powerful the experience was for those kids in attendance! Definitely a charitable cause that needs to be championed!