Speakers at this year’s AGM will be demonstrating the exciting use of technology to make theatre accessible to disabled people.

Philippa Cross is General Manager of the Coventry-based Talking Birds Theatre Company. She will be talking about The Difference Engine, a tool for making events and performances accessible to partially-sighted, deaf or hard of hearing audience members by delivering captioning or audio description direct to their mobile device.

Taking a slightly different tack, the National Theatre has spent four years developing Smart Caption Glasses which enable people with hearing loss to see a transcript of the dialogue and descriptions of the sound from a performance displayed on the lenses of special glasses. Technical Director Jonathan Suffolk will explain how the technology works and the benefits it brings.

The AGM is open to anyone from a BATA member organisation. It will be held on February 8 between 10.45 and 2.00, including lunch, at Barclays Headquarters in London. To reserve a place please book here.

Would you like to be more involved with the Association? If you would like to put your name forward to join the Council please contact our secretary Carolyne Smith.

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