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Since its beginning in January 1995, TDF's Access for Young Audiences has served over 13,000 elementary and secondary school students who are deaf or hard of hearing from 29 different schools in the New York area.

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Accessibility Solutions


Apply for TDF Accessibility Membership!
TDF provides orchestra seating at a 50% discount to people who are hard of hearing, deaf, low-vision or blind, and also to people who cannot climb stairs, require aisle seating or need wheelchair locations.

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TDF is committed to lowering the barriers to access for all theatregoers. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations or lack of language proficiency can interfere with a satisfying theatregoing experience, here's a list of services available in New York City.

TDF Accessibility Services
These services are provided through a TDF Accessibility Membership, and tickets are at a 50% discount to members.

Open Captioning
An electronic text display to the side of the stage shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage. Check TDF Show Search for availability at a particular show.

Sign Language Interpreting
An interpreter uses American Sign Language to describe what the actors are saying or singing, as well as sound effects on stage. Check TDF Show Search
for availability at a particular show.

Audio Description
A specially trained describer explains what’s happening on stage during pauses
in dialogue. The describer uses a headset microphone, while individuals in need
of the service listen through a receiver with a single earpiece.

Accessible Seating
Members who use wheelchairs or are able to transfer from their wheelchairs
into aisle seats can obtain the seating they require. Members who are low-vision or blind can order tickets that place them closer to the stage and also obtain appropriate seating to accommodate guide dogs.

Access for Young Audiences
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 & open captioned or audio described performances of Broadway shows.


Accessibility Services From Other Organizations

Foreign Language Translation
Theatregoers who are not fluent in English can listen to a simultaneous description of some shows in languages including Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Korean. The system is called ShowTrans. Complete information at www.soundassociates.com

Assisted Listening
An infrared system transmits the amplified voices of actors and musicians to individual headset receivers, which are free to use. Complete information at www.soundassociates.com

Closed Captioning
Individual handheld devices display complete dialogue, lyrics, and sound effects throughout the performance. The I-Caption system works from any seat location and is currently available at three Broadway theaters. Complete information at www.soundassociates.com