A ticket buyer calls a theatre to ask if they can accommodate two wheelchairs, because he would like to bring a friend. He is assured that this is possible, but when the friends arrive, they find that they are separated by a column. This is one of the many stories of obstacles and frustrations that I have heard from theatregoers with disabilities.
Read this article in Howlround, an knowledge commons for the theatre field, where I talk about new stats on arts attendance by people with disabilities, the need for thinking “beyond the ramp,” and some creative solutions in place.
Photo by Kevin Irvine Chi, CC BY-SA 4.0. “So, I will wait” – Performed and choreographed by Alice Sheppard. Photograph taken at “Counter Balance VI – An integrated dance concert that celebrates 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” presented by Access Living, Bodies of Work and Momenta Dance Company, at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, September 19, 2015. View more of Mr. Chi’s photos on Flickr.