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“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

The American Council of the Blind Honors MindsEye

2018 Audio Description Achievement Award-Performing Arts

Saint Louis, MO, USA. July 3, 2018 – The American Council of the Blind (ACB) and its Audio Description Project awarded MindsEye the 2018 Audio Description Achievement Award in Performing Arts on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. at Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market Street in St Louis, Missouri.

In conjunction with ACB’s 57th annual conference and convention, the Achievement Awards are made to individuals and/or organizations for outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs. MindsEye President and CEO Marjorie Moore accepted the award after a luncheon presentation by blind actress Marilee Talkington.

“Without audio description people with vision loss cannot fully enjoy the rich arts and culture we have here in St. Louis. Providing description of action on stage and artifacts in museums was not only the right thing to do, but something that brings the community closer together.” Moore stated. “Receiving this award is an incredible honor, especially in our hometown. It was something we’d hope to achieve several years down the road and could not have had the success we’ve had without the support of our description team, our donors, the theatre and museum groups that have welcomed us, and most importantly, our patrons who attend the events and use the service.

MindsEye’s Audio Description Service aims to bring more meaning and enjoyment to entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences for blind and visually impaired people through Audio Description. This feature—live or as a voiceover narrative—makes visual imagery accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired; it enhances and complements the work so those patrons gain a complete understanding of what is before them.

“It has enriched the lives of the entire blind community in this area. We love it. We want more of it. Many of us never bothered to go to the zoo before, now we’re begging MindsEye- ‘Take us again, take us again.’ It’s so nice to be able to go to plays and movies and events,” said Chris Gray, an audio description consumer and the Executive Director of the Missouri Council of the Blind, an affiliate of ACB. Gray nominated MindsEye for the award and presented it to Moore on Tuesday.

MindsEye has provided live description for over 80 performances and events throughout the St. Louis region since beginning its audio description program in the fall of 2016. Patrons with visual-impairments have been able to experience a wide variety of performances at many of Saint Louis’s cultural gems, including: The Muny, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Circus Flora, Stray Dog Theatre, The Black Rep, Metro Theatre Company and even a day at the Saint Louis Zoo. Audio description is funded by Ameren Illinois, the Arts and Education Council and local cultural institutions. MindsEye translates vision into audio. Whether through the Virtual Newsstand, Audio Description, or Beepball, MindsEye is committed to creating access to all of life’s moments. Learn more by visiting their website at mindseyeradio.org.

About the American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind is a national membership organization. Its members are blind, visually impaired, and fully sighted individuals who are concerned about the dignity and well-being of blind people throughout the nation.

Formed in 1961, the ACB is one of the largest organizations of blind people in the world, with more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates and a nationwide network of chapters and members spanning the globe.

Additional information about ACB’s Audio Description Project is available at: www.acb.org/adp.