Dan Lococo on stage at The New Year Spectacular and an ASL interpreter in the same frame

Dan Lococo on stage at The New Year Spectacular

When we say “Story. Stage. You.”, we mean it! We’re still learning, but we want to create a welcoming, accessible, aggressively inclusive environment – so please share your ideas to help us improve!

Here’s what Zach Lifton, an Ex Fabula volunteer, had to say about the project after assisting a teller from the Equal Access Project, Dan Lococo, at the 2018 New Year Spectacular:

“While I know the goal of the Equal Access Project is to make storytelling more accessible to those with disabilities, I want to let you know that an additional [positive] consequence is that it exposes “able-bodied” volunteers like myself to a whole different community and life experience–and thus a whole differentunderstanding of folks beyond the bubble of my every day world.”

Equal Access project (fall 2017-spring 2018)

We received a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board to support the continuation of Equal Access Project. Read the project announcement

Past events from the 2017 season:

  • Storytelling Workshop
    • Vision Forward (912 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee)
    • Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Storytelling Workshop
    • Our TreASures/Aspergers Empowerment Group
    • Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Storytelling Workshop
    • Vision Forward (912 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee)
    • Thursday October 26, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Storytelling Workshop
    • NAMI (3200 S. 3rd Street, Milwaukee)
    • Monday October 30, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Storytelling Workshop (ASL interpretation will be available)
    • Housing Authority Community Services Building (650 West Reservoir St, Milwaukee)
    • Friday November 10, 2017 from 2-4 pm
  • StoryCircle (opportunity to tell – or just listen –  in a relaxed, small group environment)
    • Colectivo Coffee (6745 W Wells St, Wauwatosa)
    • Tuesday November 14, 2017 from 7pm-9pm
  • Storytelling Workshop for the Deaf Community (ASL interpretation to be provided)
    • Great Milwaukee Association of the Deaf (1725 s. 11th Street, Milwaukee)
    • Sunday January 14th from 1 to 3pm

The Equal Access project is again supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Additional thanks go to the Ex Fabula volunteers and community members who helped to design this effort!

Equal Access project (fall 2016-spring 2017)

We partnered with organizations that serve individuals with disabilities in order to offer free storytelling workshops in Fall 2016. Partners included IndependenceFirst, Vision Forward, MCFI, broadscope disability services, Life Navigators, and SE Wisconsin Aspergers Empowerment Meet up. The project was supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Request an accommodation

Please contact us a minimum of two weeks in advance of an event to request an accommodation. You may include your request when purchasing tickets or registering. We will do our best to honor accommodation requests made with less than two weeks notice. 

Kinds of accommodations


Reserved ADA seating (wheelchair seating, limited mobility, limited vision, hearing impairment, service animal, etc) is available at our monthly StorySlams with advance notice.

Reading and seeing

We can provide print materials in Braille, large print, or text formats; reserved seating near the stage or with space for a service animal; a volunteer to describe the room and/or guide you around; a volunteer to scribe your UltraShort on a slip of paper; a chair onstage to orient yourself; and other accommodations as requested.

Speaking and hearing

For Deaf individuals who communicate with ASL, we are planning to offer ASL Interpretation at at least one StorySlam this season, and we welcome your input regarding which event that should be.

Steve, who is nonverbal, shares his story through gestures, while Joel reads the story.

Steve, who is nonverbal, shares his story through gestures as Joel voices the pre-written story. Photo by Art Montes.

For non-verbal individuals who wish to tell a story onstage, we can provide a volunteer to “voice” your story off-stage. Just write out your story and contact us so we can connect you with a voicer.
Thanks to storyteller Steve Wolski and volunteer Joel Dresang who originated this format a 2015 event put on in partnership with Broadscope Disability Services!

Listen to Steve’s story as aired on Ex Fabula Radio on WUWM. 

Wheelchair accessibility

As part of the Equal Access Project, we are working with IndependenceFirst to conduct venue walkthroughs and engage our venues in conversations around accessibility.

Wheelchair Accessible Stage logoWe’ll indicate which StorySlams have wheelchair accessible stages with this logo. If a stage is not wheelchair accessible, we’d be glad to move the microphone to an alternate location.

wheelchair caution sign: bathroom not fully accessibleWe’ll indicate any significant wheelchair accessibility issues with this “caution” logo.


We can provide a volunteer to cue individuals with memory loss who wish to tell a story but are not comfortable telling without notes.