Bringing Broadway to Children With Autism

Joining movie theaters and airports in their quest to accommodate the needs of children with autism, one Broadway-based organization, TDF Accessibility Programs, has recently sponsored autism-friendly performances of family favorites like The Lion King and Mary Poppins. The first attempt at an autism-friendly show in 2011 was such a success that TDF repeated the experience in April. When it, too, was successful, the organization set up a third autism-friendly show for September 2012 (which sold out quickly).

The shows include safe areas in the lobby for kids to take breaks, specially converted restroom facilities, and a staff made up of special educators and service providers who work with kids with autism on a regular basis.

If you're interested in learning more about the initiative to bring Broadway to kids with autism, to find out how the idea came about initially, or to read about how the children have responded to the shows thus far, check out this article from Playbill magazine