October 24, 2023

PASA’s Inclusive Theater Vision

PASA’s Inclusive Theater Vision

As the curtains rise on the new season of Performing Arts Serving Acadiana (PASA), theater enthusiasts in the heart of Louisiana have much more to look forward to than just another night of entertainment. PASA, with its unwavering commitment to enriching the cultural tapestry of Acadiana, is embarking on an inspiring journey to make theater accessible to all, with the launch of their latest initiative, PASAble. As per this article from The Advocate, this visionary endeavor seeks to ensure that every member of the community, regardless of their physical limitations, can partake in the magic of live performances with an inclusive theater experience.

Behind this groundbreaking initiative stands a formidable team comprising representatives from organizations dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities. The D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation, Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Families Helping Families, LARC, the Life Learning program at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, the Down Syndrome Association, and the Acadiana Autism Association, along with individuals with disabilities and their family and friends, have united their efforts with PASA. Together, they aspire to pave the way for an inclusive and accessible theater experience that Acadiana can be proud of.

One of the key aspects of PASAble is to identify and implement services and amenities that can facilitate the attendance of individuals with disabilities. While the Heymann Center, where PASA hosts its events, is already compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and offers accessible seating areas, there will now be a designated accessible entrance to enhance ease of access. In addition, infra-red listening devices, essential for those with hearing impairments, will be available free of charge in the lobby upon request. For those in need of large-print program notes, PASA will provide them. Furthermore, PASA encourages patrons with disabilities who may have additional accessibility requirements or require more information to reach out to their office at 337-769-3231 or send an email to info@pasaonline.org. For inquiries specifically related to the Heymann Center, you can contact them at 337-291-5540.

The launch of PASAble coincides with the eagerly anticipated season opener, “Mutts Gone Nuts.” Scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, this side-splitting show has been declared “A must-see!” by the Washington Post. Imagine a spectacle where comedy meets canine talent, featuring the world’s most gifted four-legged performers, all of whom were rescued dogs. It’s a heartwarming and laughter-inducing experience that promises to captivate audiences of all ages.

But the spirit of giving doesn’t stop at the theater doors. Before the show, the Lafayette Parish Animal Shelter and Care Center will be on-site with adorable pets available for adoption, offering you the chance to provide a forever home to a furry friend in need. Acadiana Animal Aid will also be present, providing valuable information about their programs and services. In the true spirit of community, PASA will be hosting a pet food and toy drive during the performance. This initiative aims to support Acadiana Animal Aid and SpayNation, organizations dedicated to providing low-cost, high-quality spaying and neutering services for dog and cat owners, animal welfare groups, and caretakers of feral cats. Donations of canned pet food are especially appreciated, as they go a long way in ensuring the well-being of these animals.

In conclusion, PASA’s commitment to an inclusive theater experience and accessibility through PASAble is a beacon of hope, not only for theater enthusiasts with disabilities but for the entire Acadiana community. It demonstrates the power of collaboration and the boundless potential of the arts to bring people together. So, whether you’re a theater aficionado, an animal lover, or someone who simply wants to make a positive impact in the community, PASA has something special in store for you this season.

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