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TDF presented the first sign language interpreted performance of a Broadway show, The Elephant Man, in 1980.


Access for Young Audiences

For more information or to get on the mailing list, please contact Sarah Aziz, TDF Accessibility Programs Manager, by email or call
(212) 719-4537, TTY
(212) 768-1563,  FAX
(212) 912-9770 ext. 382, VOICE

CLICK HERE to view the current offer (Fall 2013) for students with HEARING LOSS

CLICK HERE to view the upcoming (Fall 2013) offer for students with VISION LOSS
TDF's Accessibility Programs reach out to school groups of young theatregoers with mild to severe hearing or vision loss by providing special sign language interpreted and open-captioned or audio-described performances of Broadway shows.
Access  for  Young Audiences is a program for elementary and secondary school students in the Tri-State area, offering them the opportunity to attend accessible Broadway performances. Most of these young people are first-time theatregoers.
For students who are hard of hearing or deaf, TDF simultaneously provides sign language interpreting and open captioning. For students with low vision or who are blind, TDF provides live audio description during the performance. These services are scheduled on select Wednesday matinees during the school year.
Prior to attending the Broadway show, TDF sends a teaching artist to meet and work with the students in their classrooms for a special pre-performance workshop. Access for Young Audiences is provided by TDF at no cost to the schools or students.

Recent offerings include Annie, Newsies, Sister Act, How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Memphis, West Side Story, The Miracle Worker, Wicked, Shrek: The Musical, The Lion King and Mary Poppins.

Watch Access for Young Audiences featured on WABC