Services for Patrons Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Assistive Listening Devices: The Appalachian Center for the Arts is equipped with assistive listening devices. You may use your own headphones, or they will be provided for you. Devices are ready and available the day of the show. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis.
Parking: designated accessible parking is conveniently located nearby in the parking lot directly adjacent to the theatre.
Accessible Entrance: the theatre`s main entry doors on Second Street accommodate wheelchair/scooter access. The elevator located in the main lobby also provides access to the upper lobby, gallery, and all levels of the Appalachian Center for the Arts seating.
Accessible Seating: The Appalachian Center for the Arts has accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available on two levels, as well as two levels of exits.
Sensory Friendly Performances
Sensory-friendly/relaxed performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is intended for patrons who have autism or other social, cognitive, and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities and their families. The Appalachian Center for the Arts provides:
Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
House lights remain on at a low level during the performance
A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
Designated quiet areas within the theater building
Space throughout the theater for standing and movement