Hearing on Broadway
Last week Denise and I had the opportunity to visit the bright lights of Broadway and Times Square in New York City. There is a wonderful effort by TDF’S Theatre Access Project (TAP) to provide access in New York City to the performing arts for individuals with physical disabilities.
Denise enjoying a perfectly working neck loop that broadcast the sounds of the talking, singing and orchestra directly to her cochlear implant. An unobtrusive small screen to the left of the stage provided perfectly synchronized real-time captioning.
I love it when some group or organization welcomes people with hearing loss. The key to this welcome is accessibility. Without it, houses of worship, theaters, government buildings put up a “Do Not Enter” sign for people who rely on hearing aids and cochlear implants to function in the mainstream of society.