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Access and inclusion


Audio Described Tours

Audio description (AD) is the auditory narration of visual aspects of live events, theatre performances, exhibitions, tours and media such as film and video. AD is prepared and delivered by qualified audio describers. Provided during gaps in dialogue, AD is a tool that enhances access to people who are blind or have low vision and can benefit people with Autism, multisensory or learning disabilities.

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Auslan Translation

RISING is providing Auslan Interpreted tours and Interpreted sessions for specific events across the festival program. Look for the Auslan symbol displayed on the event page and check the Access information section for details.

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Assistive Listening

This symbol indicates an event venue has a hearing loops or assistive listening system available to assist you if you are hard of hearing. These systems transmit sound from the event directly through your hearing aid or through venue-provided headphones. We have added information on hearing loops and captioning on venue pages. We recommend you contact the venue directly for specific information on or assistance with listening services.

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For these events, captions are displayed on a screen for those of you who prefer to read what is being said. Check the Access information section on each event page for dates of captioned performances and details about Captioning.


Tactile Tours

Tactile tours are available to people who are blind or have low vision to equitably access and enjoy arts and cultural events in theatres, galleries, museums and public spaces and can benefit people with Autism, multisensory or learning disabilities, and are offered at a time during the exhibition or event period, or prior to a performance. With a trained describer guide attendees can journey through different physical spaces to understand dimension, layout and scale, interact with different objects to feel shape, texture and weight and have the opportunity to meet with different artists or people discussing and sharing their work. Tactile tour services delivered by Vitae Veritas.

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