Accessibility

Our Commitment To You

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities.

All Graduate School Public Lectures will feature real-time captioning (CART). Sign language interpretation (ASL) will be provided upon request. To request disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu (email).

Meany Theater

PARKING

The Central Plaza Garage just below Meany Hall has wheelchair and disability parking for Meany Theater attendees on levels C3 and C5. Enter the garage from 15th Avenue NE at NE 41st Street. The Central Parking Garage is self-serve; patrons may pay for parking at the self-serve kiosk or using the Pay-By-Phone app. Central Plaza Garage clearance is 6’10”. There are entrances to Meany Hall on levels C2-C5. Rates are as follows: $4.00 hourly, $18.00 daily, $12.00 flat rate after 4 p.m. on weeknights or Saturdays.

ELEVATORS

Two elevators serve Meany from the Central Plaza Garage. One interior Meany Theater lobby elevator services the three lobby levels. The highest button is 38” and includes Braille markers.

ENTRANCES TO THE KATHARYN ALVORD GERLICH THEATER

The main lobby external entrance has a level approach, 35.5” doorways and pull handle. The far north side lobby entrance to the night of event box office, main lobby and Central Plaza Garage elevator access has a level approach, a 36” doorway and an automatic door with paddle controls. An interactive campus accessibility map is available here.

RESTROOMS

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located in the Lower Lobby level with an elevator nearby. There are no restrooms on the Main level and no accessible restrooms on the Balcony level.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. Infrared assistive listening systems are installed in the Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater and headsets may be used at any seat. Headsets with induction neckloops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a “T” switch. Headsets may be obtained from an Audiences Services staff member. Photo ID deposit is required.

COURTESY WHEELCHAIRS

Courtesy wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis or can be reserved in advance by calling the Audience Services Manager at 206-543-2010 or by emailing bnancy@uw.edu.

Courtesy wheelchairs must be checked out and returned to the front door usher or the House Manager. Courtesy wheelchairs may be used to and from the Central Plaza garage but ushers are not permitted to accompany patrons into the garage.

Please note that staff members are not able to assist patrons in transferring to or from a wheelchair, theater seat or vehicle; operate motorized mobility aids such as scooters and Segways; or provide personal attendant services such as assisting patrons in the restroom, with taking medications, or similar activities.

Mobility aids that cannot be stored safely within a patron’s immediate seating area will be stored outside the house as close as possible to a patron’s seat. At intermission and post show, ushers make every effort to check in with patrons who may need assistance in accessing their stored mobility aids.

Kane Hall

PARKING

The Central Plaza Garage just below Kane Hall has wheelchair and disability parking for Kane Hall attendees on level C1. Enter the garage from 15th Avenue NE at NE 41st Street. The Central Parking Garage is self-serve; patrons may pay for parking at the self-serve kiosk or using the Pay-By-Phone app. Central Plaza Garage clearance is 6’10”. There is an entrance to Kane Hall on level C1. Rates are as follows: $4.00 hourly, $18.00 daily, $12.00 flat rate after 4 p.m. on weeknights or Saturdays.

ELEVATORS

Two elevator banks serve Kane Hall – one services all three building levels and a second services all three building levels and the Central Plaza Garage. The highest button is 38” and includes Braille markers.

ENTRANCES TO KANE HALL AND AUDITORIUMS 110, 120, and 130

The main lobby external entrance has a level approach, 35.5” doorways and pull handle. The main lobby and Central Plaza Garage elevator access has a level approach, a 36” doorway and an automatic door with paddle controls. An interactive campus accessibility map is available here.

RESTROOMS

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located in the Basement level with an elevator nearby. There are no restrooms on the Ground level and, while there are accessible restrooms on the Second level, the restroom entrance is a much tighter fit than the Basement level restrooms.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. ALDs may be obtained from a staff member upon entering the auditorium.

OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS

If a guest requires other accommodations not listed here, including but not limited to extra wide seating, fragrance-free spaces, and gender neutral restrooms, please reach out to lectures@uw.edu upon registering for the event you will be participating in (and no later than 10 days in advance of the event) and we will do our best to find satisfactory solutions.