Our Sensory-Friendly performances aim to provide a safe environment where individuals and families can relax and be who they are.

Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming for individuals on the autism spectrum or those with other sensory sensitivities who might benefit from an adjusted environment.

Adaptations for these performances may include:

  • Pre-visit social narrative and other preparatory materials describing what to expect.
  • Lower sound level, especially for surprising or loud sounds;
  • House lights remain on at a low level in the theatre during the performance;
  • Lessening of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
  • Patrons are welcome to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
  • Designated take-a-break space and quiet areas;
  • Space throughout the theatre for standing and movement;
  • Limited crowds at Ford’s Theatre during the day and timing of the performance;
  • Ford’s Theatre staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to patron’s needs; and
  • Allowance for the use of tablets and smartphones for communication.
  • Sensory-friendly dedicated seating.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at access@fords.org.

Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Performances

A Christmas Carol

December 14 at 2 p.m.

On sale now! Purchase by calling (202) 347- 4833, option 7.

Guys and Dolls

May 2 at 2 p.m.

Tickets go on sale February 18, 2020, at 10 a.m., and will be available to purchase by calling (202) 347-4833, option 7.