Accessible Equipment Loan Open House

An assistive listening system, with hard case, a mic and transmitter, and several receivers.

Hosting inclusive and accessible experiences often requires equipment and resources. Has your organization thought about offering an accessible performance, tour, or lecture, but you’re just not confident about the equipment or steps needed? Did you know that the Collab rents out equipment to support cultural organizations’ accessible offerings at no cost to renters?

Come check out the offerings of the Cultural Access Collab’s Accessible Equipment Loan Program in real life at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and discover for yourself in this interactive, exploratory open house session! Whether you’re a frequent borrower or you’re just curious to learn more, this casual setting will encourage you to ask questions, network and engage with service providers and community members alike!

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Archived Event Speakers

Hudson Therriault is a full-time audio describer based in Chicago. His first experience with audio description was a regional theater tour in Montana, and he has since trained with seasoned audio description professionals. He is passionate about building access for all into the foundation of artistic expression.

Jo Gayle has been a CART captioner for almost 20 years, providing CART services for such local organizations as Cultural Access Collaborative, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Hearing Society, and WBEZ, as well as for students at most of the colleges and universities in the area, and such national organizations as the Hearing Loss Association of American (HLAA), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), and World Institute on Disability (WID). “I live in Chicago, and I would be happy to discuss ways to make your events more inclusive for people with hearing loss who do not use ASL.”

Eddie Medrano got his start in the events industry over 15 years ago. After cutting his teeth working at various music venues, he eventually made his way into the non profit sector. He is currently the Senior Event Producer at Chicago Public Media.

Matt Bivins is a “recovering actor” who created CaptionPoint alongside his wife Lindsay, who is profoundly deaf. Their goal was to enable Lindsay to fully experience Chicago’s vibrant Storefront Theater scene alongside Matt. Now, six years later, this passion project, driven by a do-it-yourself ethos, has successfully provided captions for a wide range of live theater performances throughout the entire country.