Ford’s Theatre strives to make art and history accessible to people with disabilities by removing barriers and providing opportunities.
Ford’s Theatre offers an elevator from the lower-level museum to the lobby and balcony levels. The Center for Education and Leadership also has an elevator to exhibit levels and to the back porch of the Petersen House.
Accessible seating is offered in both the rear orchestra and the balcony sections of the theatre. Accessible seating can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or via phone at (800) 982-2787 or in person at our Box Office.
Ford's Theatre offers audio-described, captioned and sign-interpreted performances. Dates are listed below. Seats for an audio-described, captioned or sign-interpreted performance can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or via phone at (800) 982-2787 or in person at our Box Office.
Ford’s Theatre also offers sign-language interpretation upon request for one-night only events that are not part of the regular theatre season (such as The Lincoln Legacy Monday night events). Requests for sign-language interpreters must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. To make a request, please email us. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of the management.
History on Foot – Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
Driving Miss Daisy
Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
A Christmas Carol
Audio-Described: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. (performance time 10:45 a.m.)
Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. (performance time 10:45 a.m.)
Audio Description Labels are available for this special exhibit; please inquire with visitor services when you arrive on site.
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Edward Gero and Anne Stone in "A Christmas Carol." Photo by Scott Suchman.