Accessiblity @ RWM 2018

ACCESSIBILITY

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is  committed to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all guests, staff, volunteers and artists. We are listening and learning from our community to help us address barriers and open up opportunities for anyone interested to engage with the growing dialogue about mental health and/or addictions. If you have questions about accessibility and access needs at Rendezvous, please contact Justina Zatzman at justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com or call our Festival Box Office at 416-583-4339. Learn more about accessibility initiatives at Rendezvous at workmanarts.com.

MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS – HELD SPACE

As important as we believe it is here at Rendezvous to engage in honest discussions about mental health and/or addictions, this material can be difficult or triggering for some. In line with a commitment to being trauma-informed, each program venue will have an onsite Held Space and active listeners. The Held Spaces are quiet areas where anyone who needs to can go during and after programs to take care of themselves. These spaces will contain elements of a sensory lounge to help guests regulate and ground, art making supplies, mental health resources, and an active listener, should you need to talk. Please note that regular gallery hours for the Visual Art exhibition “Bursting Bubbles” will not have an on-site active listener, but the opening reception will.

PHYSICAL ACCESS

Unfortunately, not all of our program spaces are wheelchair accessible, but please see the map on page 5 for accessibility details. Some screenings initially screened in inaccessible buildings will be rescreened at accessible spaces.

FINANCIAL ACCESS

All tickets to Rendezvous with Madness are Pay What You Wish.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Service animals are welcome in all areas of all venues at Rendezvous. Please indicate when purchasing tickets.

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS

Personal support workers can accompany you free of charge to all Rendezvous programs. Please call the box office to book your tickets 416-583-4339.

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

All events embrace a “relaxed performance” environment, in recognition that elements of a traditional audience environment are inaccessible for guests with sensory processing conditions, Autism, intellectual disability, or those with young children. This means a relaxed attitude about noise and movement, reducing the intensity of sound and keeping dim lights on throughout the performance. Guests are welcome to come and go as they need to while engaging with the festival.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETED PROGRAMS

We will provide ASL interpretation for select film and theatre programs; please see individual event pages for events that have confirmed ASL interpretation. If you require ASL interpretation and there is a film program you’d like to see that doesn’t have interpretation, please contact Justina Zatzman at justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com to enquire about availability.

OPEN CAPTIONING

Open captioning will be provided for all film programs unless the film is subtitled in English.