Chicago’s famous Second City Improv Theatre, which brought the world comedy greats such as Tina Fey, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert, has started offering performances accessible to audience members who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Feast of the Fields was an awesome field-to-fork experience at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) at Durham College, Whitby Ontario. This event featured food stations manned by aspiring student chefs. The melon boats, zesty shrimp and eggplant with maple syrup were some of the amazing sample dishes showcasing produce grown in the CFF gardens. The students from the Food and Farming program led tours through the gardens and fields.
The Oeno Gallery and Huff Estates Winery are located in the heart of beautiful Prince Edward County in Ontario, Canada. The gallery represents and exhibits exceptional original contemporary artists. The grounds of the gallery feature a unique sculpture garden and is next door to the Huff Estates Winery. This state-of-the-art winery features a tasting bar, restaurant with an indoor seating area and an outdoor patio that overlooks the vineyard.
Come From Away is a remarkable story of how a small town welcomed the world. The Together We Rock! team attended this heartfelt musical at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a brilliant production in every way and a fitting way to thank the people of Gander, Newfoundland for their extraordinary efforts during the 9/11 tragedy to open their runways and hearts to 7000 stranded travelers. Come From Away and Gander, Newfoundland Rocks!
The Business Improvement Association (BIA) recently hosted a Wine Festival at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (accessible venue) in Oshawa, Ontario. This evening hosted ten wineries from over 200 located in the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie, North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County in the Province of Ontario.
Happy Canada Day! The Together We Rock! team is proud to be citizens of the “True North Strong and Free.” Amid all of the festivities, let us take a moment to acknowledge that this great land is First Nations land. As a nation, all of us need to raise our voices to ensure that this reality is never forgotten. We are also a county that welcomes and is strengthened by our diversity. Canada Rocks!
Roger Ideishi is a pioneer in the Philadelphia area for transforming public places into welcoming spaces, especially for families of children with disabilities. During the past four years, Ideishi has focused his work of transforming the city’s theatres, museums and concert halls from places where families with special needs children felt isolated and scrutinized, into welcoming havens where no one is judged.
There is something special about experiencing a live performance, whether it be a pop concert, an opera, a stage-play or a ballet. But, for people with disabilities, especially those with hearing or vision challenges, these performances have often been inaccessible for them to share the enjoyment. However, due to technology advancements, an increasing numbers of venues now offer a range of complimentary accessibility services to promote more inclusive experiences.
When we consider how to create buildings and activities that are inclusive to all, we might not think of art galleries. But the people at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, have not only thought about it, they’ve written a book. And it’s available to download for free.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a Canadian, not-for-profit media organization dedicated to providing media for people “who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted.” This applies to print, broadcast and online media. AMI operates three broadcast services: AMI-tv, in English; AMI-télé, in French; and AMI-audio, in English.
Games have the ability to improve people’s quality of life. Not only are they intended to be entertaining, but many have a social aspect and/or are part of a particular culture or subculture. Games can provide escape from pain and from reality, as well as provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.