Access Virginia is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was created to provide open captioning and audio description at live theatrical performances so that Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired persons can attend performances and experience the wonder of live entertainment at public facilities. Access Virginia will work to expand accommodation services to other public venues.
WHY IS PROVIDNG ACCOMMODATION SO IMPORTANT?
Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), both the facility and the presenter/producer have a legal obligation to provide effective communication for someone with a disability that does not fundamentally alter the nature of the product being offered or cause an undue burden to the venue. As cited in the ADA Technical Assistance Manual, open captioning and audio description are examples of auxiliary aids and services that promote effective communication for people who are hard of hearing, Deaf and visually impaired.
Access Virginia Accessibility Programs (AVAP) makes attending live theatre possible for everyone. Special seating is reserved for
theatre-goers who are hard of hearing, Deaf and visually impaired.
Open Captioning is a speech-to-text display to provide a simultaneous transcription of dialogue, lyrics and a description of environmental sounds for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing used at performing arts venues for scripted plays, displayed through an LED Board.
This service can be used by everyone for viewing in a reserved seating area. Open captioning is considered a universal accommodation because it can be used by anyone regardless of hearing impairment, age or ability.
Also known as Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART provides the Deaf or hard-of-hearing individual with a speech-to-text display in realtime. It’s beneficial for people who are Deaf or have a hearing loss and do not communicate utilizing ASL (American Sign Language). CART is also referred to as open captioning or realtime captioning.
Audio Description involves the accessibility of the visual images of theater. Audio describers provide a narration service which guides the listener through the presentation with concise, objective descriptions of scenes, settings, costumes, body language slipped in between the natural pause of dialogue or songs - those images that a person who is blind or visually impaired formerly could only experience through the whispered asides from a sighted companion.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
FEBRUARY 20, 2016
"I can't understand all of the words at time or the people who are speaking lines. The open caption helped immensely to help me understand what was going on."
FEBRUARY 20, 2016
"Audio description helped me understand performance better,
especially when multiple items were on going on stage."
DECEMBER 11, 2018
"Thank you for providing this method of communication as it enabled me to be included in the arts in a new way. Captions are critical for those in the community who are not ASL proficient and who cannot get Cochlear Implants. The captions allowed us to engage, also."
DECEMBER 11, 2018
"I so much enjoyed the show and never would have been able to understand it without the captioning! Look forward to attending many more shows with caption in the future!"
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 14686 NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23608
TEL: 757.276.1761 |
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