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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

Take a trip “under the sea” when Variety Children’s Theatre presents "Disney’s The Little Mermaid" - partnering with MindsEye to bring audio description of the show to the blind and visually impaired. All attendees will meet Ariel, “the little mermaid,” as she struggles to realize her dream of joining the human world. To aid their theater experience, attendees who are blind and visually impaired can access audio description through a free headset provided by MindsEye through the Muny in St. Louis. The description will detail costumes, clarify sight gags, and more - all while complementing the dialogue of the performance. 

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what if you can’t see that picture? MindsEye’s listeners were faced with that question last year as controversy erupted over a photo of accused Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Eight years ago, Sue Bolen was a retired speech teacher looking for something to help occupy her time when she saw a familiar name in the church bulletin.  Inside the bulletin was an ad from MindsEye looking for volunteer readers.  Bolen felt this was God’s way of telling her this is what she needed to do.

“Dad was a career officer in the Navy.   We moved quite a bit.  That must be why I enjoy MindsEye’s Military Times.” Blind since birth, Rick Belcher learned to read Braille at a young age.  “I was six when I started banging on the keys of a piano at an officer’s club where Dad sometimes tended bar.  A blind guy came in one day and played ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’ I’ve been hooked on music ever since!”

Audio equipment can last forever… well, almost. MindsEye volunteers has been using the same microphones for well over 20 years. The computers used to make the recordings and access publications online were well-loved by their previous owners who shared them with MindsEye and have been in use for many years here.