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Access, stage left: Bringing the hearing-impaired back to the theater

Access, stage left: Bringing the hearing-impaired back to the theater

If you've been to a Broadway show in South Florida in the past five years, it's probably been right there in front of you, and you might not have noticed. Open theater captioning for hearing-impaired and deaf audiences is a feature at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The discreet screen, off to the side of the stage in the orchestra seating section, provides a written description that includes dialogue and lyrics. The service is managed by the Florida Access Coalition for the Arts (FLACA). "People need to know these services...

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