Our Accessibility Manifesto

Updated March 2021

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The Toronto Fringe has made a commitment to establishing and prioritizing accessibility in all areas of our organization.

We are grateful to the Metcalf Foundation for supporting our organization-wide growth with a three-year Creative Strategies Incubator grant, which we began in 2017 and finished in 2020. The grant allowed us to invest meaningful resources into providing, increasing, and improving accessibility at our major events, including the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival. We have now completed our time in the Creative Strategies Incubator, but our accessibility work is far from finished.

We created this Accessibility Manifesto to communicate what we have done, what we are doing, and what we are planning.

The Accessibility Manifesto serves as a roadmap for us and a commitment to you that we want to be held accountable. This document aids us in being transparent about where we are at in the process and allows you to give us feedback, if you wish. The Manifesto doesn’t show every detail but does outline the main aspects of our plans. It is a working document that will be updated regularly.

We appreciate your patience as we do this work and strive to be accessible in every sense of the word, as per our organizational values.

This includes, but is not limited to;
Our Staff
Our Artists
Our Patrons
Our Volunteers
Our Donors
Our Sponsors
Our Partners
Our Venues
Our Spaces
Our Attitude

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Captions for videos
Audio accompanied by full transcripts
Alternative descriptions for all images
Screen-reader friendly text documents

2020-2021

Captions for videos
Auto-transcribed captions for live events
Full transcripts for all video and audio pieces
Alternative descriptions for all images
Screen-reader friendly text documents
ASL interpretation for all public, livestreamed events

ON-GOING WORK

WHAT’S COMING NEXT

FUTURE PLANS