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NYC to give grants to make Off Broadway more accessible

October 10, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will give grants to Off Broadway and other small theaters to install special software in an effort to make theatre more accessible to deaf and blind people.

City commissioner of media and entertainment Julie Menin says the program will provide money for theaters to install software designed by the company GalaPro, which will allow patrons to follow along with low-light smartphones and tablets. The New York Times reports the software is already in use at larger theaters in the city.

The software can provide closed captioning, describe stage action and is lit in a way as to not distract other theater patrons.

Deaf West Theater Artistic Director DJ Kurs says the push for accessibility is “a step in the right direction.”

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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