Perceive the Movie, an Audio Description for the Blind Campaign
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Blind children like sweet Miss Madilyn want to enjoy movies with their friends in theaters and at home, just like every other child! Madilyn perceives the world primarily with her senses of hearing and touch. Without sight, she cannot see the colorful scenery, character's funny faces, or those little nonverbal hints we get about the story through watching it with our eyes. In fact, Madilyn doesn't have eyes at all. She was born with a rare condition called bilateral anophthalmia in which her eyeball tissue and optic nerve never developed. Help Madilyn and all blind children and adults dreams' come true by signing the petition to request all Major Film Studios in the US provide the audio described track on their movies in theater, disc and digital releases.
Blind children and adults have the right to know about the images in a movie to completely understand the storyline, characters' actions, and scenery as sighted persons observes every time they attend a theater or watch a movie at home. Although many new movies are being released with audio description services, most of those offered on television and streaming services are not accessible. Neither are most of the classic family movies we've all grown up with over the years. Our children deserve the opportunity to join in on the traditions, too!
Movies are a key element to our culture. Blind and visually impaired people are not able to rely on sight to obtain information, and therefore need to use senses other than vision to acquire information. For the movie experience, only the sense of hearing is available. For blind and visually impaired children who are learning to comprehend the world, they will typically need to have clear explanations provided for learning and understanding, including learning new experiences as we do through movies. Audio description tracks and services are the answer to helping these children grow and learn with their sighted peers, and participate in society when they are older. It is a right, not an option.
The 2010 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Preliminary Report established that an estimated 21.5 million adult Americans reported they either "have trouble" seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all.
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