Through My Eyes

the thoughts and musings of Justin Thorp; the 21 year old college student...son...brother...child of God...friend...boyfriend...and internet geek


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Blind People at the Movies

A professor forwarded me this really excellent article out of the Assistive Technology journal about how some movies now have a secondary audio source that can be turned on that will, using audio, describe or narrate visual scenes. For example, this was used on the movie Ray. Which seems incredibly appropriate because Ray Charles was blind.

This is descriptive video, or DVS, and it has revolutionized the way the visually impaired enjoy movies.

Between natural pauses in dialogue, a narrator details the scenery, facial expressions and costumes. ``Ray'' is not the first movie to get a DVS edition, but for obvious reasons, it is one of the most important.

I think that this technology is really awesome. It reminds me of quote that my friend Wayne gave about what accessibility is, "that anyone who has the ability, has the possibility." That is so true.

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