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Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, School Of Visual Arts To Provide “Loops”* And Other Assisted-Listening Devices To Comply With ADA

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced agreements requiring three New York City theatres to provide assistive listening devices to persons with hearing loss. The agreements reached with the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Atlantic Theater Company and the School of Visual Arts Theatre ensure that the companies will provide equal access to persons with hearing loss, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“New Yorkers, and tourists from across the country, come to New York City to enjoy unparalleled theatre performances. They deserve equal treatment and equal access, as the law requires,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “These agreements help ensure that all of our theatres – from off-Broadway venues to the biggest theaters in Times Square – are complying with the law, and that theatergoers with hearing loss have full and equal enjoyment of the show.”

*Please note: “Loops” in this context is referring to  “Neckloops” that attach to assistive listening devices, making these devices accessible to people who have telecoils in their hearing aids or cochlear implants. The news release is not referring to induction room loops, commonly called “hearing loops.”