Circuses often advertise using adjectives like “astonishing” and “amazing.” Now one has arrived that seems genuinely extraordinary, though not in daring acts.
Omnium, a nonprofit circus, aims to be as inclusive as possible. Streaming on a customized platform through April 4, its virtual version offers options including American Sign Language interpretation, audio description, captioning and plain-language interpretation (narration for those with cognitive impairments). Omnium also has artists of varying abilities, including a deaf clown, a juggler with autism and a hand balancer who has a condition that affects joint mobility in his lower extremities. Their graceful performance underscores the message that disabilities don’t have to be limiting.
LAUREL GRAEBER, NY Times January 22, 2021, https://nyti.ms/2Y19AqY