Wink ASL Story Slam host

ASL advocate and performer, Wink Smith, Jr. 


The Wolf Humanities Center values inclusivity and we aim to create a welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds.

How to Request an Accommodation

Online through Eventbrite.
We request pre-registration for most of our events through our Eventbrite portal, where Deaf and hard of hearing guests can sign up for reserved seating.

Requests or questions about special accommodations can be directed to the Wolf Humanities Center team.

  • By telephone. Please call 215.573.8280.
  • By e-mail. We are happy to take your request or question by e-mail.

Physical Access

Wheelchair-accessible seats. We select venues with wheelchair-accessible entrances and seating. Most of our venues are general admission, however, we reserve seats for anyone using a wheelchair or motorized scooter and their guests. Advanced notice is not required, but is appreciated. 

Aisle seats. We reserve seats on an aisle or another desired location that provides better access for you and your guests.

Service Animals. We welcome service animals and reserve seats with ample adjacent space for the service animal.

Penn Museum accessibility. Our event spaces include Rainey Auditorium and Widener Auditorium. Note that the Museum is currently undergoing renovations, which may impact accessibility. Up to date entrance closures are available here.

Lightbox Film Center accessibility. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to locate accessibility information.

Hearing Access

American Sign Language Interpretation. In partnership with the American Sign Language Program in Penn's Department of Linguistics, the Wolf Humanities Center provides ASL interpretation at many of our live events and their online counterparts. Check the Wolf Center’s event pages or call the Wolf Center office to find out whether interpreters will be present at a particular event.

Seating Close to Stage. If you would like to sit near the stage for optimal viewing of the ASL interpreters or lip reading, we are happy to reserve seats for you and your guests. To reserve a seat through Eventbrite, check the box next to "Reserved Seating for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing” on the event page, then click "Register." We are also happy to reserve your seats by phone or email.

Assistive Listening Devices. Lightbox Film Center offers assistive listening devices. ALDs are provided by the Lightbox Box Office on event day on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Video Footage with Closed Captions or ASL interpretation- Beginning with the Wolf Center’s 2018-2019 Forum on Stuff, videos of our past programs are closed-captioned in American English. We also have a growing collection of videos presented with ASL interpretation. Visit our Vimeo page and our Vimeo ASL collection for more information. 

Visual Access

Seating Near the Stage. We are happy to reserve seats close to the stage for any guests with low vision and their companions. Please email or call the Wolf Center staff in advance of the event, so we can ensure that proper accommodations can be made.

Please Tell Us About Your Experience

If you have suggestions for additional accessibility services that you would like to see at Wolf Humanities Center events, or you wish to share your experiences with our services, please send us your feedback by email or call us at 215.573.8280. Thank you very much.

Events with ASL interpretation, 2019-2020

Events with ASL interpretation, 2018-2019