Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work and the 2020-2021 season at Ford’s Theatre.

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

Mainstage Performances

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;
  • Allowance for the use of tablets and smartphones for communication; and
  • Sensory-friendly dedicated seating.


Ford’s for Me (formerly known as Morning at the Museum): A sensory-friendly museum experience

Adaptations for these museum experiences may include:

  • Pre-visit social narrative and other preparatory materials describing what to expect.
  • Lower sound level, especially for surprising or loud sounds;
  • Thematic activities;
  • Reduced wait times;
  • Designated take-a-break space and quiet areas;
  • Limited crowds at Ford’s Theatre during the day and timing of the experience;
  • 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.

Pre-visit materials to visit Ford’s Theatre

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