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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

Cinderella running from the ballroom; a dress worn by Jackie Kennedy; Captain von Trapp ripping a Nazi flag from his window; or a portrait of Van Gogh – these iconic moments and artifacts are beloved by so many – but for over 130,000 people in Missouri and over 240,000 in Illinois, these experiences were limited until now.

According to American Community Survey results, these thousands of individuals are visually impaired and seek audio description to fully appreciate theater performances and museums. Audio description includes explanations of costumes, sets, museum artifacts, and more, all delivered via headset. However, for people in St. Louis, audio description services are only available at select locations.

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Roisin Dermody listening to Arts & Disability Ireland's audio description of the 2007 Abbey Theatre production of "The Playboy of the Western World." All Rights Reserved.

 

Thanks to a grant from Ameren Illinois, MindsEye, an audio information service for the blind, will train volunteers in the art of audio describing through the American Council of the Blind. Once trained, volunteers will aid local institutions in becoming fully accessible.

Potential volunteers will be interviewed by MindsEye in preparation for the July 29-31 training in St. Louis. Theaters interested in hosting the service, or visually impaired individuals who would like to use audio description are encouraged to contact Amelia Christ at 618.394.6449 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. MindsEye is actively recruiting individuals interested in bringing theater to the visually impaired.

Audio description supports MindsEye’s mission to bring entertainment and information to the blind and visually impaired in Greater St. Louis. For over 40 years, MindsEye has connected thousands of listeners to their communities and are thrilled to build this new project.

MindsEye's Stephen stands with his white cane
“Descriptive audio brings performances alive for me, painting a picture in my mind. I am committed to promoting the service so that others may be able to share the enjoyment of these performances.” --Stephen, MindsEye Communications Committee Member

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