How it Works
Broadway should be accessible to everyone, regardless of disability. Theatre Access NYC brings all the information you need to plan your trip to Broadway together in one easy-to-navigate place. Sometimes, though, the terms and logos may be confusing. So to help make accessibility accessible, we’re breaking it down for you. Here’s what you may need to know when searching for accessible shows.
When you’re looking for a venue that has wheelchair accessible hallways, bathrooms and entrances, this is the symbol you want to keep an eye out for.
Sign Language Accessible
For individuals who are Deaf Culture and rely on American Sign Language as their primary means of communication.
At shows that are autism friendly, slight adjustments to the production are made, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. Plus, in the theatre lobby there are quiet areas and an activity area, staffed with autism specialists, for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.
Shows that accommodate those who have hearing loss, will have this icon displayed. It means that assisted listening devices are available that help to amplify the sounds on stage.
Hearing: Assistive Listening Devices
This icon means that assisted listening devices are available that help to amplify the sounds on stage.
Hearing: Loop Systems
This icon means that the theatre is equipped with a hearing loop system.
For theater-goers who are blind or have vision loss, a live or pre-recorded narration is provided via headphones.
Audio Description: LiveFor theater-goers who are blind or have vision loss, a live narration is provided via headphones.
Audio Description: Pre-recordedFor theater-goers who are blind or have vision loss, a pre-recorded narration is provided via headphones.
For those who are hard of hearing, deaf or do not understand sign language, open captioning provides a way to follow what’s being said or sung, as well as sound cues on stage. Much like closed captioning on your TV, open captioning displays text of all the words and sounds from the performance.