How would you make the performing arts in Louisville – and across the state - more accessible?
The Kentucky Center Accessibility Services programs serve the needs of patrons with visual or mobility disabilities, those in our community who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and families who have children on the Autism Spectrum.
Stacy Ridgway, Manager of the Accessibility Services program at The Kentucky Center, and a team of highly skilled Volunteers work together to bring the excitement, joy, and beauty of the arts to a more diverse audience. From PNC Broadway in Louisville to the Kentucky Opera, from Actors Theatre of Louisville to the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Ridgway and the team of Accessibility Volunteers use technology to enhance the arts for patrons throughout our community.
The Center’s approach to ensuring access for all requires making multiple Access Services available for every performance. How do patrons find out what services are available?
Each season, The Kentucky Center publishes an updated event calendar, in large print and Braille.
This calendar is available at no charge to the public and can be picked up from the literature rack next to the Box Office in the lobby of the Center – or patrons may request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Access Services are also listed on the event detail page for each performance on the Center’s website, http://www.kentuckycenter.org/.
A notable example of the full range of Accessibility services provided by the Center is the current partnership with StageOne Family Theater. For each production in their 2016/17 season, there will be one performance which offers all the following services:
- Sensory Friendly accommodations specifically geared toward children on the Autism spectrum and their families
- Audio Description, a service for individuals with visual disabilities
- Captioned Theater, a service for people with hearing disabilities
- Accessible seating options for people with mobility disabilities
Could you – or someone you know – benefit from these Access Services? First, check the services listed for your event on the calendar or website. If interested, you can call the Access Hotline at 502-566-5111, text 502-780-1249 or email email@example.com. Given sufficient notice, any of the Kentucky Center’s services can be made available at almost any performance. Be sure to request your Access Services at the time of your ticket purchase.
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