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Accessibility to Meany Hall for Patrons with Disabilities

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities.


The Central Plaza Garage just below Meany Hall has wheelchair and disability parking on all levels. Enter the garage from 15th Avenue NE at NE 41st Street. Upon entering campus at the gatehouse, a visitor who is mobility impaired should self-identify in order to be accommodated. Visitors will be assigned parking in an area as close to their destination as possible. Parking permits for disabled and wheelchair areas cost the same as for other UW parking areas. Gatehouses are staffed weekdays from 6am – 9pm and on Saturdays from 7am until noon. At the gatehouse ask for disability parking and building access information as needed. Central Plaza Garage clearance is 6’10”. There are entrances to Meany Hall on levels C2-C5.

  • Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse: The closest parking is on the street, or in the Central Garage or lot W12. 

  • Meany Theater: Central Plaza Garage has 3 wheelchair parking stalls and 1 disability stall on level C1, and 6 wheelchair parking stalls and 3 disability parking stalls on level C2.  Patrons should pay for a pass at the gate and let the attendant know that they need a disabled space.  They will be directed to the closest space.

  • Meany Studio Theater:  Wheelchair patrons should park on level C1 of the garage (the top level).  This is the only way to access the Studio without stairs.

  • Penthouse Theater: Lot N5 has 2 disability parking stalls.  Patrons should pay for a pass at the gate, and the attendant will direct them to the nearest lot.


Two elevators serve Meany from the Central Plaza Garage. One interior Meany Theater lobby elevator services the three lobby levels. The highest button is 38” and includes Braille markers.

Meany Theater Entrances

The main lobby external entrance has a level approach, 35.5” doorways and pull handle. The far north side lobby entrance to the night of event box office, main lobby and Central Plaza Garage elevator access has a level approach, a 36” doorway and an automatic door with paddle controls.


Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located in the Lower Lobby level with an elevator nearby. There are no restrooms on the Main level and no accessible restrooms on the Balcony level.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. Infrared assistive listening systems are installed in Meany Theater and headsets may be used at any seat. Headsets with induction neckloops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a “T” switch. Headsets may be obtained from an Audiences Services staff member. Photo ID deposit is required.

Courtesy Wheelchair

A courtesy wheelchair is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis for use inside Meany Theater. Advance requests may be made by contacting Nancy Hautala, Audience Services Manager or by phone at 206-543-2010.

Service Animals

Service animals, such as guide dogs, are permitted to assist Meany visitors. The nearest green space for the animal is on the west side of Meany.

Water Fountains

Meany Theater water fountains: Lower lobby northwest, spout height 41”. West lobby, spout height 41”. East Lobby, spout height 40.5”. Upper mezzanine, 41.5” and 40.5”. Studio Theatre lobby, 41.5”.

Public Phones

There are no public pay phones in Meany Hall. Yellow emergency phones are located in the Central Plaza Garage.

For More Information

To request special disability accommodation not covered here, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264 (FAX), or email at For more UW campus access information, visit: or for parking information