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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

Jason Frazier Named as New MindsEye President and CEO

Saint Louis, MO – October 10, 2018 -  MindsEye is thrilled to announce that Jason Frazier has been named the organization’s new President and CEO.

A native to the area, Frazier was born in the Parkfield Terrace area of Cahokia and studied at Gibault Catholic High School before earning his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Frazier joined MindsEye in 2012 in a part-time position as the Evening Board Operator and soon moved into marketing and community outreach. His passion and level of commitment and focus was undeniable and in 2015, Frazier was named Development Director.

Frazier has not only flourished within the organization, he has helped guide MindsEye’s mission and growth - ensuring that the organization is strong and prosperous for years to come.

“The MindsEye Governing Board has unanimously selected Jason Frazier to be our next President and CEO,” says Debbie Andrews, Board President. “We are so thrilled to announce Jason’s new position as President and CEO for MindsEye. Jason has been a guiding voice for the organization, and we look forward to his leadership over the coming years as he leads us into our next phase of growth.”

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.

At Last, Father and Son Can Play Ball Together

There is no place in America where baseball is more a part of the heart of its city and people than in St. Louis! But for those in our community who are visually impaired, playing baseball was only a fantasy – until Beepball.

John Ashby dreamed of sharing his love of sports with his son; baseball was his lifeblood, his one constant that never failed him. But when AJ was born almost 5 months premature and diagnosed with retinopathy, John realized that his dream of teaching his child how to play ball was no longer possible. Until one day, MindsEye visited AJ's school to put on a Beepball Demonstration. They were amazed that they could finally play baseball together, and now John's dream is a reality; he and AJ will hit the field together for the first time on Saturday, July 14th for MindsEye’s 12th Annual Ultimate Beepball Tournament.

John shares, "Beepball through MindsEye has shown my family even more that anything is possible. To go to an event like the Beepball tournament is humbling and very special to us."

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MindsEye Honored with Awards at IAAIS in Colorado

Belleville, Ill. May 8, 2018– At the 2018 International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) conference May 2-6 in Boulder, Colorado, MindsEye was presented with the award for Excellence in Fundraising for their Blindfolded Breakfasts and with the 2018 Program of the Year - Magazine Digest for The African American Hour which features the magazines Essence, Upscale, Legacy, Jet, and The Grio and is read by dedicated volunteers. MindsEye also received an honorable mention for the program Ear to Ear for Interview Programming.