OPENING DOORS TO THE THEATRE: Creating Access for the Deaf- Blind Community

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This "how-to" manual is intended to support theater companies and venues in serving deaf-blind patrons. It was developed by the Northeastern University Interpreter Education Project of New England, Wheelock Family Theatre, Deaf-Blind Contact Center and D.E.A.F. Inc. Creating access requires the coordinated efforts of a variety of people. Roles and responsibilities of the following staff are described: theatre staff, access coordinator, production department, box office, managerial and marketing. The role of interpreters is discussed at length. Topics include payment issues, preparation time, seating options and the use of an American Sign Language consultant. Pre-show tours, monetary considerations and a performance timetable are also included. Sidebars include comments by a deaf-blind patron, a theatrical producer and an interpreter.

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