It’s finally spring, and you know what that means: it’s baseball time! And there is no place in America where baseball is more a part of the lifeblood of the city and people than in St. Louis. But for those in our community who are visually impaired, playing baseball, a sport that America considers part of its heritage, is only fantasy. Until Beepball!
Described by blind athletes as “a dream come true,” Beepball adds a spin on baseball that allows those who are legally blind to compete. There are six innings per game and three outs per inning. Each player is blindfolded – except the pitcher and catcher. It's all about rhythm, timing, and trusting your senses; you must play this game by ear. Players are guided by sound, not sight-- the sound of the beeping ball, buzzing bases, and cues from the pitcher.
2017 MindsEye Audio Description Training
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MindsEye’s Vision: Theatre Is for Everyone - 2017 Audio Description Training
Saint Louis, MO – April 19, 2017 -
The performance of theatre is a universal cultural phenomenon that exists in every society around the world. Experiencing theatre helps us understand what it means to be human– but for over 130,000 visually-impaired people in Missouri and over 240,000 in Illinois, these experiences were limited until now.
Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. MindsEye provides audio description for the Greater Saint Louis Area and has worked with The Repertory Theatre, COCA, Peabody Opera House, and will be taking over audio description for The Muny this summer. Audio description means that every person who attends a theater production, regardless of visual impairment, has the chance to experience a rewarding performance.
Join MindsEye in a weekend training session to turn the visual magic of the arts—theatre, movies, museums—into audio for the visually impaired.
Who? Anyone ages 16+
What? Audio Description Training with Jennifer Nigro
Where? Webster University
When? June 17th & 18th
How much? Free for individuals. Lunch is included.
A Culture of Service
Celebrate Service: National Volunteer Week
The heart of MindsEye is its volunteers. The people that come in to read and record newspapers and magazines are the voices, the friends of the listeners. These phenomenal volunteers connect individuals with vision loss to the news and entertainment to help them to be self-reliant. MindsEye’s group of dedicated volunteers allow us to broadcast 24/7; they come together to build a stronger, more vibrant community through their service.
Press Release: MindsEye's Vision - Theatre Is for Everyone
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MindsEye’s Vision: Theatre Is for Everyone
Saint Louis, MO – April 3, 2017 - Everyone wants to see Hamilton. Everyone. But when Mark B. Lasser, a blind theatergoer contacted the “Hamilton” box office about audio description services, he was told none were available. And so, in January of this year, he brought a lawsuit against the producers of the musical, alleging “systemic civil rights violations” against blind and visually-impaired theatergoers.
Audio description allows people who are visually impaired to take full advantage of theater productions, art shows, and museum exhibits. It’s a similar idea to sign language interpreter services for the deaf.
Saint Louisans can finally catch this mega Tony award winning show at The Fabulous Fox Theater as their 2017-2018 U.S. Bank Broadway Series closes with “Hamilton.” Jack Feivou, president and CEO of Fox Associates, stated that ticket sales will be monitored to make sure there will be single tickets, and he is quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as saying, “The producers want accessibility.”
But will visually-impaired theatergoers be given that same access?
St. Louis Book Fair Pledges to Help Blind Readers
Did you know that MindsEye broadcasts books as well as newspapers and magazines? In fact, the books MindsEye airs are one of the most popular offerings!
MindsEye’s Bookworm program airs books in a serial format: one hour per day during the week and two hours over the weekend. Dedicated volunteers record these books – and their hard work has not gone unnoticed.