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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.
The Central Plaza Garage just below Meany Hall has wheelchair and disability parking on all levels. Enter the garage from 15th Avenue NE at NE 41st Street. Upon entering campus at the gatehouse, a visitor who is mobility impaired should self-identify in order to be accommodated. Visitors will be assigned parking in an area as close to their destination as possible. Parking permits for disabled and wheelchair areas cost the same as for other UW parking areas. Gatehouses are staffed weekdays from 6am – 9pm and on Saturdays from 7am until noon. At the gatehouse ask for disability parking and building access information as needed. Central Plaza Garage clearance is 6’10”. There are entrances to Meany Hall on levels C2-C5.
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.
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 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Service animals, such as guide dogs, are permitted to assist Meany visitors. The nearest green space for the animal is on the west side of Meany.
Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater water fountains: Lower lobby northwest, spout height 41”. West lobby, spout height 41”. East Lobby, spout height 40.5”. Upper mezzanine, 41.5” and 40.5”. Studio Theatre lobby, 41.5”.
There are no public pay phones in Meany Hall. Yellow emergency phones are located in the Central Plaza Garage.
To request special disability accommodation not covered here, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264 (FAX), or email at email@example.com.