Making a concert hall more accessible – after the pandemic

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making a concert hall more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

Let’s make our concert halls safer and more accessible; social distancing
and masking!
Encouraging concert goers to take their vaccines!

For the most part, many concert halls are accessible when it comes to
accommodating the needs of concert goers with special needs. However, there
are things that can be improved and more concert halls that need to take
accessibility into consideration.

Granted, many concert halls may not be able to do anything when it comes to
reconstruction of seating because of either a physical or financial reason
but there are what we call work around solutions. Let’s look at some of
these.

In general, there should be enough room between rows and seats to
accommodate such things as wheelchairs, walkers, or persons using canes.
Enough room so that persons who use said devices are able to comfortably
walk among and between rows and seats.

There needs to be a way for persons with special needs to be able to
independently negotiate steps and stairs and this could be done through the
construction of ramps and elevators that are outfitted with buttons that are
labelled with braille and large print. In addition, there should be voice
indicators to let people know which floors the elevator is stopping at and
in which direction the elevator is traveling; going up or going down.

The lights on the elevators should be easy to see and distinguish, and
elevators should be large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

Concert hall owners should be able to accommodate these requirements and if
not then they will need to think of finding other alternatives to ensuring
that concert goers can access their seats; maybe special designated areas?

Hopefully these tips can help to make one’s concert hall more accessible.

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