The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, more commonly known just as the Kennedy Center, has won many awards, and it manages all aspects of architectural, communications, and program access. Universal Design is applied in all renovations, to ensure that physical access not only complies with legislation but is optimally inclusive. There are specific services available for patrons who are blind or have low vision, who are deaf or hard of hearing, have mobility impairments, or have sensory processing differences. These accommodations include Braille and large print materials, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, captioning, audio description, accessible shuttle services and “access ushers,” and “sensory-friendly” performances.
The Accessibility Office also provides professional development arts administrators interested in improving accessibility and inclusivity where they work. The Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) program was founded at the Kennedy Center, and it continues to play a role in maintaining LEAD’s resources and communications network.
To learn more about accessibility at the Kennedy Center, click here, and to learn more about the LEAD program, click here. A list of resources for cultural arts professionals interested in accessibility can be found here.