How To Fringe, in ASL
The Toronto Fringe is committed to extending a high level of customer service to all of its patrons. We are dedicated to demonstrating leadership by working constructively with our venues, patrons, staff, volunteers and community to meet and exceed the requirements which will identify, prevent and remove barriers so a fulfilling theatrical experience can be enjoyed by patrons with disabilities.
If you have any questions, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Susan Wolf at email@example.com.
For the first time, all of our venues-including POSTSCRIPT, KidsFest, main venues, and all site specifics have accessible entrances and washrooms.
VISUAL GUIDE TO FRINGE VENUES
These online guides can help you get acquainted with a venue before you visit. They include directions to the venue and information on what you can expect when you get there.
PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS
We welcome people with disabilities who are accompanied by a personal support worker. Where a support worker is required, admission to all Fringe performances and events is free for the accompanying person. Every attending patron and accompanying support person must have a valid ticket to that performance or event. Please advise the box office when you purchase your tickets.
Service animals are welcome in all areas of our venues that are open to the public. Please advise the box office when you purchase your tickets.
Patrons with access needs are requested to identify themselves at the venue box office at least 25 minutes prior to performance start times. Priority seating cannot be guaranteed after general admission begins.
Assistive Listening Devices
Listening Devices are available at these venues:
#1 Tarragon Mainspace
#2 Tarragon Extraspace
#4 Al Green Theatre
#10 Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
#11 Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
Many Fringe shows are providing additional access at select performances. Look for the icons for assisted performances in the show listings, but make sure to check back here for up-to-date details.
These performances welcome patrons who may benefit from a less restrictive audience environment, including (but not limited to) patrons with sensory processing conditions, Autism, intellectual disability, or those with young children. Relaxed performances have a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, including reducing extreme sound and lighting effects, leaving house lights on at a low level, and allowing patrons to come and go.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
We will provide ASL interpretation for select events at POSTSCRIPT, the Fringe patio, and some shows will offer interpretation at one or more of their performances. Many events and performances can also be enjoyed equally by Deaf and hearing audiences without the need for interpretation.
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Audio Described Performances improve access for blind and partially sighted patrons by providing a live verbal description of the visual elements of a performance (sets, costumes, and nonverbal onstage action) as well as pre-show notes. Some performances require an earphone and receiver that can be obtained from the venue box office. Please identify yourself at least 25 minutes prior to the performance start times to make use of these services.
TACTILE AUDIO DISPLAY SEATING
Tactile Audio Display seating is available at select performances for patrons who cannot hear or who have limited hearing. Music and other sounds can be felt through vibrations that are channeled through a cushion or seat.