Queen’s Hall celebrates decade of inclusivity with Access for All Initiative

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Queen’s Hall celebrates decade of inclusivity with Access for All Initiative

It has been ten years since the Miss T&T Differently Abled Queen Show took place at Queen’s Hall.

It was indeed a milestone, as it was the first pageant held at Queen’s Hall that highlighted the beauty and capabilities of differently abled women.

For Queen’s Hall, that event marked a poignant note in its development as it facilitated the needs of those who could not easily access seats, stairs, or the stage. In April 2013, Queen’s Hall proudly announced the introduction of an in-house wheelchair lift that was used by the contestants as well as judges to easily move on and off stage.

Fast forward to 2024, this institution fondly known as the Grand Dame for the Performing Arts continues to be on the cutting edge of international trends in the theatrical industry. Within that drive to be trend-aware, it was also necessary to have an access-for-all philosophy. This outlook coincides with the Ministry of Social Development’s credo to nurture an inclusive society devoid of marginalisation, regardless of age, gender, or disability.

Earlier this year, at the 62nd Session of the Commission for Social Development held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, Social Development Minister Donna Cox noted that “the primary objective of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is to diligently guarantee, “that its society evolves into one in which no one is left behind, where all citizens, including women, young people, older persons, persons with disabilities, are afforded equal opportunity in every sphere of national life… where all citizens are cared for and treated with dignity and respect.”

Aligned with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts’ mandate to enhance tourism markets, Queen’s Hall recognises the importance of offering world-class facilities. This commitment extends to ensuring accessibility for all visitors, including those with disabilities.

Addressing the needs of people with disabilities, Queen’s Hall management has implemented measures to ensure accessibility for all. Recently, Queen’s Hall received a generous donation of three wheelchairs from benefactor Hannah Janoura, supplementing its existing fleet to enhance accessibility for physically challenged patrons.

Garfield George General Manager of Queen’s Hall emphasized the importance of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity, stating, “The provision of wheelchairs aligns with our mandate to ensure everyone, regardless of mobility or disability, can fully enjoy our space.” Wheelchair designated seating and backstage facilities cater to the needs of physically challenged patrons, ensuring comfortable viewing and accessibility for performers. “The dressing rooms, too, provide wheelchair access on the ground floor backstage for costume changes,” George added.

Queen’s Hall continues to upkeep its equipment and facilities to ensure access for all. These include sloped entrance ramps, automatic entry doors, and assistive listening devices. Patrons requiring further information may contact the QH Customer Service Department at 376-5699 or email [email protected]