Accessibility

In addition to my passion for documentary, I am also dedicated to making digital media and the performing arts accessible to those with low vision, hearing, or mobility. Some of my ongoing activities include:

Matt Lauterbach TouchTourTactile Tours – Since 2006, I have been freelancing as a “tactile” tour guide for patrons with low-vision at several Chicago theaters, including Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Children’s Theater, and the Neo-Futurists. My first self-produced short film, Hearing Images, explored Victory Garden’s ground-breaking Access Project.

Disability Film Festival – Recently, I collaborated with Reveca Torres of Backbones Online and Carrie Sandahl of Bodies of Work to bring the Reelabilities Disability Film Festival to Chicago in 2015 as part of the citywide ADA 25 Chicago celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Stay tuned for news about future festivals and events!

Access Consulting – I am available as a media accessibility consultant for your project, and can assist with creating captions for viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and audio description for viewers who are blind or low vision. Please get in touch if you want to make your video accessible to the widest possible audience!