Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other individuals with sensory sensitivities. Accommodations for this performance include keeping the theatre lights dimmed, providing extra space between patrons, freedom to vocalize and move/switch seats, and allowing patrons to exit and enter during the performance. This service provides a relaxed and accepting atmosphere. Although these performances are adapted specifically to accommodate for patrons with sensory sensitivities, the general public is welcome to attend.
Accommodations for Sensory Friendly Performance Typically include
- Theater will not be filled to capacity, therefore audience members can select their own seats
- Patrons will be allowed to move freely through the aisles
- Individuals are free to vocalize during the performance
- House Lights will remain on at low level during performance
- To give warning to the audience, sudden loud sounds or startling moments will be signaled in advance
- Entering and exiting the theatre will be allowed throughout the performance
- A “quiet room” at the back of the theater provides continued viewing away from the audience
- Additional quiet space provide completely away from the theater
- Trained Kentucky Center volunteers on hand to assist with patron needs and requests
If you can not attend a scheduled audio described, captioned, or sign interpreted performance please call the Access Services Hotline to request the service for another performance. The Kentucky Center will work to accommodate access requests whenever possible.
To receive alternate format materials, the Access Services Performance Calendar or to be placed on our mailing list, please call the Access Services Hotline.
The Kentucky Center Access Services Program is the recipient of the 2012 American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project Achievement in Audio Description Award - Performing Arts.
The Kentucky Center Access Services Program is the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2007 Excellence in Access Leadership Award.