ERIC Number: ED213235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Arts Accessibility for the Deaf.
The booklet provides information and resources for cultural organizations and institutions interested in making the arts accessible to deaf citizens. Preliminary information includes a discussion of deafness in America and the deaf in the history of the arts and notes that the era of silent films was the golden age of cinema. Listed are 36 theaters of and for the deaf as well as 18 hearing theaters with accessibility for the deaf. Also considered are television shows with deaf characters, entertainment programs for the deaf, news programing, the deaf and educational television, closed captioning, and videodiscs. Brief sections discuss resources for deaf dance as well as music and the visual arts. Museums offering interpreted tours and/or special programs for the deaf are listed. The booklet's suggestions for improving arts accessibility include involving the staff in awareness training, developing a deaf audience, and designing programs which consider visual cueing, lighting, fire and emergency warning, acoustics, and hearing amplification. Sources of design information are noted. Finally, resources are given for locating deaf people in the community, locating deaf artists, and reaching deaf audiences. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Art, Cultural Activities, Dance, Deafness, Museums, Music, Television, Theater Arts
National Access Center, 1419 27th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20007.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Access Center, Washington, DC.