I don't. Respectfully. The ADA requires a reasonable accommodation. If the lighting is part of the service it would not be considered reasonable to not have lights move or change colors. For example, if I use fog or strobe lights, I post that we do so, the patron may then make a decision as to if they want to attend or not. This is different than wheelchair access for example. It is reasonable to assume that providing wheel chair access would not materially change your artistic content. What if an artist wanted to do a performance with an artist in a pool? Would it be reasonable to require them to do it on dry land because someone who can't swim wanted to attend?
In terms of ADA I think you are getting into very disparate areas when you address the content versus the venue. In this case it is apparently not the physical installation that is at issue but rather the use and programming. That would seem to at the least be addressed by different portions of the ADA, if even covered. As far as it being part of the performance or service, the programming is an artistic choice but the flip side seems to be that it is then indeed a choice and not a required function or element. I can see having a difficult time justifying including continuing to include an elective programming element once you have been made aware of it negatively impacting participants or audience members.
Respectfully I disagree and I am 90% sure the ADA does as well. Artistic elements, if considered a required function or element in the opinion of the artist, do not have to be changed. Lighting is not elective. Just like sound isn't elective. If someone has tinnitus and the sound is too loud for them, do you turn it down just for them? Nope, you offer them earplugs or a more traditional lower volume service. While I will say that I am not a lawyer or ADA expert, I did give our disability services coordinator a call and she confirmed my understanding of the law and confirmed that our understanding is supported and originates from our legal department. I will add that our municipality prides itself on our inclusion efforts and we go to great lengths to be as inclusive as possible....I suppose I am surprised at what you guys consider required and your approach to artistic choice. Inclusion and the spirit of the ADA means you welcome the person with epilepsy attend, and offer to reserve them a seat on the aisle so that if they are uncomfortable they can easily leave.
Respectfully I disagree and I am 90% sure the ADA does as well.
Lighting is not elective. Just like sound isn't elective. If someone has tinnitus and the sound is too loud for them, do you turn it down just for them? Nope, you offer them earplugs or a more traditional lower volume service.
Oh, I see that you are trying to make church attractive. Attractive to the flesh? The flesh isn't what you're preaching to, and the spirit cares nothing about appearances.
Please bear with me a moment... putting flame suit on... zipping it up (whew, it's hot in here already!)...I am having difficulty figuring out how the artistic choices of lighting has anything at all to do with the mission of the Church, which is to spread the Gospel of forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ.Oh, I see that you are trying to make church attractive. Attractive to the flesh? The flesh isn't what you're preaching to, and the spirit cares nothing about appearances.Might be time to critically evaluate how you are delivering your message. It seems to me you are concerned more about yourself and what you find pleasing than about the souls of your congregation.Ducking out... quickly.
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