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Saturday, July 13 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Disability Theory in the Theater: Practicing Accessibility and Universal Design

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This skillbuilding session provides a practical introduction to disability theory and universal design, offering participants an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about disability in ways that make theatrical performances more accessible for people with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Beginning with a basic overview of terms, theoretical challenges, and practical problems involved in the disability rights movement and universal design, this workshop will move from book knowledge to practical planning, inviting participants to brainstorm ways to make every day public spaces more accessible. Special attention will be given to the increasing popularity of “relaxed performances” and “sensory-safe performances" that accommodate audience members with a variety of mental disabilities (autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.).

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Sonya Freeman Loftis

Professor, Morehouse College
Sonya Freeman Loftis is an associate professor of Shakespeare at Morehouse College, where she specializes in drama and disability studies. She is the author of two books: Shakespeare’s Surrogates and Imagining Autism. Her work on autism is strongly influenced by her personal experiences... Read More →

Saturday July 13, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA