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THE LION KING to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance, 9/28THE LION KING to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance, 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

On Sunday September 28 at 1pm, Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI) will present the fourth autism-friendly performance of Disney's landmark musical The Lion King (which just celebrated its 7,000th performance on Broadway). Tickets which were sold through ATI on TDF's website sold out in only three days, thus underscoring the popularity of the show with families with children on the autism spectrum, as well as the need for access for this underserved community. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tovah Feldshuh, Melissa Errico & More Celebrate TDF at Spring GalaPhoto Coverage: Tovah Feldshuh, Melissa Errico & More Celebrate TDF at Spring Gala
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 4, 2014

Just last night, Tovah Feldshuh hosted the Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) 2014 Gala, which celebrated the 35th season of TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP). TAP are TDF's services for people with physical disabilities, as well as individuals on the autism spectrum. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the celebration below! (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale for Autism-Friendly Performance of DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR! PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE on 4/19Tickets Now On Sale for Autism-Friendly Performance of DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR! PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE on 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative (ATI) announces that tickets are currently on sale for the first ever autism-friendly performance of Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure, on Saturday, April 19 at 11am at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, NY). Tickets for this performance, which runs 90 minutes long with one 15 minute intermission, range from $32 to $69 each and are currently on sale exclusively at www.tdf.org/disneyjrliveontour. (more...)

TDF Brings 450 Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students to CINDERELLA TodayTDF Brings 450 Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students to CINDERELLA Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

Over 450 elementary and secondary school students who are either deaf or hard of hearing from 17 schools in the tri-State region, will attended one of the next three Wednesday matinee performances of the hit musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Three upcoming matinee performances (today, October 30, November 6 and 13) of the show will be simultaneously sign language interpreted and open captioned by TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), which is bringing the students with mild to severe hearing loss to the theatre through their 'Access for Young Audiences' program. Additionally, earlier this month, TAP brought 100 students who are blind or have low vision to the Wednesday matinee performance on October 9, which featured audio description. (more...)

TDF to Bring 450 Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students to CINDERELLA, 10/30, 11/6 & 13TDF to Bring 450 Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students to CINDERELLA, 10/30, 11/6 & 13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

Over 450 elementary and secondary school students who are either deaf or hard of hearing from 17 schools in the tri-State region, will attended one of the next three Wednesday matinee performances of the hit musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Three upcoming matinee performances (October 30, November 6 and 13) of the show will be simultaneously sign language interpreted and open captioned by TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), which is bringing the students with mild to severe hearing loss to the theatre through their 'Access for Young Audiences' program. Additionally, earlier this month, TAP brought 100 students who are blind or have low vision to the Wednesday matinee performance on October 9, which featured audio description. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Announces Open-Captioned Performances for 'VANYA AND SONIA' & MoreBerkeley Rep Announces Open-Captioned Performances for 'VANYA AND SONIA' & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open a new season of exhilarating plays, the Theatre today announces that it will partner with Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a New York-based nonprofit organization, to offer open-captioned performances during its 2013-14 season. This state-of-the-art technology will allow Berkeley Rep to open its doors to a wider community by making performances accessible to patrons with hearing loss. Open captioning will be available for one performance of every show. For Nina Raine's off-Broadway sensation Tribes - about a young deaf man finding his place in a cacophonous family and a bewildering world - Berkeley Rep will offer three open-captioned performances. (more...)

THE LION KING, SPIDER-MAN and WICKED to Offer 2013-14 TDF Autism Theatre Initiative PerformancesTHE LION KING, SPIDER-MAN and WICKED to Offer 2013-14 TDF Autism Theatre Initiative Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2013

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative (ATI) announces a slate of autism-friendly performances on Broadway for the 2013-14 theatre season. The Initiative, which operates under the auspices of Theatre Development Fund's Accessibility Programs (TAP), will present autism-friendly performances of three blockbuster Broadway musicals. They are: Disney's THE LION KING on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 1pm at the Minskoff Theatre; SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Darkon Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2pm at the Foxwoods Theatre; and WICKED on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 1pm at the Gershwin Theatre. (more...)

SPIDER-MAN, NEWSIES and More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances in 2013SPIDER-MAN, NEWSIES and More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances in 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2012

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative (ATI) today announced a slate of autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows for 2013. (more...)

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative Hosts Autism Friendly Performance of THE LION KING Today, 9/30TDF's Autism Theater Initiative Hosts Autism Friendly Performance of THE LION KING Today, 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2012

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative will present an autism-friendly performance of Disney's The Lion King today, September 30, at 1pm, at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway, NYC). This performances illustrates TDF's commitment to continuing to present autism-friendly performances in New York City. TDF is also available to consult with other theatre organizations across the United States who would like to present their own autism-friendly performances. (more...)

TDF's Autism-Friendly Performance of THE LION KING Sells OutTDF's Autism-Friendly Performance of THE LION KING Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

Last fall, Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit performing arts service organization whose mission includes making theatre accessible for all audiences, piloted the new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, as part of TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. (more...)

Autism-Friendly Performance of Disney's THE LION KING Sells OutAutism-Friendly Performance of Disney's THE LION KING Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

Tickets for the second The Lion King performance, which is scheduled for September 30 at 1pm, went on sale at midnight on Monday, June 25 and were sold out by 8pm Monday evening. (more...)

MARY POPPINS Holds Autism-Friendly Performance Today, 4/29MARY POPPINS Holds Autism-Friendly Performance Today, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2012

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative presents autism-friendly performances of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins today, April 29, at 1pm, at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd, Street, NYC) and Disney's The Lion King on Sunday, September 30, at 1pm, at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway, NYC). These performances illustrate TDF's commitment to continuing to present autism-friendly performances in New York City. TDF is also available to consult with other theatre organizations across the United States who would like to present their own autism-friendly performances. (more...)

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative To Host Autism Friendly B'way Performances TDF's Autism Theater Initiative To Host Autism Friendly B'way Performances
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2012

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative will present autism-friendly performances of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins on Sunday, April 29, at 1pm, at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd, Street, NYC) and Disney's The Lion King on Sunday, September 30, at 1pm, at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway, NYC). (more...)

THE LION KING & MARY POPPINS to Hold Autism-Friendly PerformancesTHE LION KING & MARY POPPINS to Hold Autism-Friendly Performances
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2012

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative will present autism-friendly performances of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins on Sunday, April 29, at 1pm, at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd, Street, NYC) and Disney's The Lion King on Sunday, September 30, at 1pm, at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway, NYC). These performances illustrate TDF's commitment to continuing to present autism-friendly performances in New York City. TDF is also available to consult with other theatre organizations across the United States who would like to present their own autism-friendly performances. (more...)

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative To Host Autism Friendly B'way Performances TDF's Autism Theater Initiative To Host Autism Friendly B'way Performances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2012

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative will present autism-friendly performances of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins on Sunday, April 29, at 1pm, at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd, Street, NYC) and Disney's The Lion King on Sunday, September 30, at 1pm, at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway, NYC). (more...)

Theatre Development Fund Launches Autism- Friendly Version of THE LION KINGTheatre Development Fund Launches Autism- Friendly Version of THE LION KING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2011

Theatre Development Fund, the not-for-profit performing arts service organization whose mission includes making theatre accessible for all audiences, is piloting a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. (more...)

TDF Receives $30,000 Grant from NEA for National Open Captioning InitiativeTDF Receives $30,000 Grant from NEA for National Open Captioning Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2011

Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, recently announced that Theatre Development Fund has been recommended for a grant of $30,000 to help support TDF's National Open Captioning Initiative, which will partner with 11 regional theatres during the 2011/12 theatre season. (more...)

TAP (TDF's Accessibility Programs) Announces Upcoming Open Captioned Performances on Broadway for Fall '09TAP (TDF's Accessibility Programs) Announces Upcoming Open Captioned Performances on Broadway for Fall '09
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2009

TAP (TDF's Accessibility Programs), which has been instrumental in expanding open captioning on and Off Broadway, and regionally across the United States, announces the schedule of performances which will feature the service on Broadway this fall. Open captioning, which TDF introduced on Broadway in 1997, is more inclusive of all hard-of-hearing audiences than traditional sign language interpretation. (more...)

TDF Sponsors 12th Annual 'Interpreting For The Theatre' Institute 6/1-6 In NYCTDF Sponsors 12th Annual 'Interpreting For The Theatre' Institute 6/1-6 In NYC
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2009

Theatre Development Fund, through its TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP), will sponsor the 12th Annual 'Interpreting for the Theatre' Institute from June 1 - 6 at The Juilliard School in New York City. (more...)

TAP Announces Upcoming Open Caption Performances For Spring TAP Announces Upcoming Open Caption Performances For Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2009

TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), which have been instrumental in expanding open captioning on and Off Broadway, and regionally across the United States, announce the schedule of performances which will feature the service on Broadway this spring.Open captioning, which TDF introduced on Broadway in 1997, is more inclusive of all hard-of-hearing audiences than traditional sign language interpretation. Through open captioning, an electronic text display, placed on the side of the stage, shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage in real time.To date, TAP has organized more than 350 open-captioned performances of more than 250 different Broadway, Off Broadway and regional productions. (more...)

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