On October 2, 2011, TDF Accessibility Program launched the Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI) which makes theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as their families.
Family enjoying the ATI performance of The Lion King

The first autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show was Disney’s landmark musical The Lion King. This performance was so successful that Autism Theatre Initiative has presented many autism-friendly performances of Broadway including Mary Poppins, Spider-Man, Wicked, Matilda, Aladdin and more. 

TDF’s autism-friendly performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the first autism-friendly performance of a non-musical in Broadway history. TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative also consults with theatres and presenting houses across the country as part of their National Advisory Partnerships.