MindsEye’s Audio Description Program makes arts and culture available for everyone. Imagine Cinderella dropping her slipper, a priceless ancient artifact, or the winning goal; all of these examples are visual moments. We work to make these moments available for everyone.
In this program, attendees with a visual disability join family and friends for the exhibit, performance, or event. Then, using a MindsEye headset, they listen to a trained audio describer relate the visual information in real time. For example:
- the antics of a team’s mascot
- animals in a zoo habitat
Using the Standards of Audio Description
The audio describer uses breaks in the action to narrate the visual material for the attendee with a visual disability. This ensures that everyone can attend an event together and everyone can understand the action. Our audio describers are trained volunteers using the standards of audio description developed by the American Council of the Blind, the leader in this field.
This program promotes equity and compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Play the video to listen to session one of the Missouri Botanical Garden Virtual Audio Described Series.
Since 2016, our Audio Description Program has worked with organizations across the bi-state St. Louis region to make this service available to their patrons:
- Metro Theater Company
- Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
- St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
- Ignite Theatre Company
- The Muny
- Looking Glass Playhouse
- St. Louis Cardinals
- St. Louis Blues
- Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
- Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
- Saint Louis Zoo
- and more!
MindsEye’s Audio Description is funded explicitly in part by the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, Boeing Employees Community Fund.
For more information about our Audio Description Program or how your organization can utilize our audio description services, please contact our Audio Description Team at AD@mindseyeradio.org.