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Friday, May 8 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sensory-Friendly Performances

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Access to opera means more than lowering ticket prices and producing in alternative venues. This session explores simple accommodations to make performances and dress rehearsals accessible to people with autism and their families. Discover how to create an inclusive environment, offer preparation materials and build important partnerships to engage with audiences that may not otherwise be able to attend a traditional performance.

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avatar for Roger Ideishi

Roger Ideishi

Program Director and Associate Professor, Occupati, Temple University
Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA, has worked to provide community access and opportunity for children with developmental disabilities. He advises various community and arts organizations to assist with building meaningful learning experiences for children with disabilities and their families. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andy Warhol... Read More →
avatar for Noah E. Spiegel

Noah E. Spiegel

Executive Director, Nashville Opera
I'm an opera producer @NashvilleOpera, lecturer in arts and Stage management, performing arts professional, idea manager, collaborator and conceptual thinker, advocate, perpetual learner, glass half full grown up kid at heart.
JS

Jessica Swanson

Manager, Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
avatar for Molly Whalen

Molly Whalen

Director, Development and Communications, The Ivymount School and Programs
Molly L. Whalen is a life-long Washington DC resident and experienced nonprofit leader. She served as Chair of the State Advisory Panel for Special Education in the District of Columbia for 5 years, which she was appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007; and served on the DC Mayoral Education Transition Executive Committee in 2011. A seasoned facilitator and presenter, she has presented hundreds of leadership development workshops nationwide... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Georgetown I - Washington Marriott 1221 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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