Patrons with Hearing Loss
Based upon the last US Census and stats from the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 800,000 citizens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in New Jersey.
There are multiple programs and services cultural organizations can offer to ensure that patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing can fully participate.
There are several modes of Assisted Listening systems in which to choose to enhance or amplify the audio of performance, lectures, tours and other events. These include, FM/Infrared transmitters, neck loop recivers and others.
Captioning is the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it. Captioning typically show a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including non-speech elements.
Closed and open captioning are the same except for the manner in which they are presented. Open captioning is displayed prominently for the entire audience whereby, closed captioning is displayed optionally on a screen for an individual patron.
Examples of Captioning for Visual Arts
Examples of Open Captioning for Theatre
Printed scripts or synposies can be offered in advance of a performance or lecture to familiarize the patron with the language used. Often times, the patron will have a copy of the script in hand to follow along with the dialogue or tour.