HAI’s Describe! Program
If you love the theater, but feel that it is not accessible because of a visual impairment, Describe! is for you.
Describe! is a service offered by HAI that makes Broadway and Off-Broadway shows accessible to blind and visually impaired NYC residents and visitors in a fun and unique way. Tickets are offered at a discounted price, seating is orchestra, and the descriptive service is free.
The experience begins when you arrive at the theater, are handed a small audio receiver with a single ear piece, and are lead to your seat. Trained describers begin speaking before the show, painting a mental picture of scenery, costumes, characters, and the theater itself. Once the program begins, the describer will speak the live action in between dialogue, to provide necessary detail without taking away from the show.
Described performances of shows are scheduled throughout the year, and we are always adding more to the roster, so be sure to get on our email list to stay informed of all our offerings!