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Arts and Culture: Adaptive Arts Programs:

Disability Specific: Hearing Impairment


Exploratorium Museum, housed within San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, offers over 650 science, art, and human perception exhibits as well as a wide range of programs and events. To ensure accessibility, the museum offers the Disabled Access Program. The program ensures access to the museums exhibits, educational programs and events and also offers auditory technical assistance and sign language interpreters. For more information, call (415) 563-7337.


Victory Gardens Theater located in Chicago, Illinois offers accessibility in each of its four theaters. The Victory Gardens mainstage is equipped with the Audiolink Personal Listening System to serve the hearing impaired. Additional offerings include Braille and large print programs. A great number of performances are designated as "access performances" each month. Advance ticket reservations are recommended. For more information, call (773) 871-3000 or (773) 871-0682 (TTY) or e-mail information@victorygardens.org.

New York

Hands On is a service organization dedicated to providing greater accessibility to arts and cultural events to individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing. Their website features a cultural event calendar that lists a wide variety of attractions adapted for the deaf or hard of hearing. They also offer a listing of sign interpreted theater performances.


SignStage Theatre based in Cleveland, Ohio performs theatrical productions enhanced by sign language for the hearing impaired throughout the United States. They also offer a national Education Program that is designed to use the arts to complement and bolster traditional curricula and to create opportunities for deaf individuals to actively participate in the arts. For more information about tour dates or about the education program, call (216) 325-7559. You may also e-mail wmorgan@chsc.org.

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