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Letters: Americans with Disabilities Act Sensitivity Training on Accessibility to the Arts a Success

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Board and staff of McCarter Theatre Center, I would like to thank the panelists and our local non-profit colleagues who participated in last Monday night’s successful Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sensitivity training led by New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Cultural Access Network.

An astonishing 75 attendees showed up on a particularly cold late-February evening and had great questions and astute insights about accessibility to the arts in our region. Cultural consumers in Princeton should know that the arts professionals in this town care deeply about thoughtful and well-designed accessibility to arts resources.

McCarter was proud to host this event and pleased to welcome representatives from the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Festival, Princeton Folk Music Society and Princeton University Art Museum.

We particularly wish to thank the panelists: Eve Woodman from Princeton University’s Accessibility Office; Ben and Susan Constantini, arts patrons with vision deficiency and loss; Jason Weiland, Field Representative from the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Linda Scharfman, an Eden Autism Services board member and autism activist, and McCarter’s ADA Coordinator, Janet Dickson.

Congratulations to them all for providing leadership on this important aspect of our community’s life.

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Shields
Managing Director

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