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 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 partnered with organizations across the bi-state St. Louis region to make this service available to their patrons. Partners include:
- Metro Theater Company
- Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
- Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
- St. Louis Black Repertory Company
- The Muny
- Looking Glass Playhouse
- St. Louis Blues hockey
- St. Louis University Billikens basketball
- Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
- Saint Louis Zoo
- and more!
Magan HarmsArt and Culture Directormharms@mindseyeradio.org618-394-6449
Please contact Magan for information about how your organization can participate or other Audio Description Program questions.