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The Descriptive Video Program

Audio described videos are available to borrow from regional libraries for free.  The described videos provide narration of a program's key visual elements, such as characters' actions, costuming, gestures and facial expressions. It may say something like "John is now walking across the room and getting a gun from the drawer."  These descriptions are heard during the natural pauses in dialogue. The result is a finished soundtrack that enables visually impaired viewers to fully understand the film through listening.

While it is not quite the same as simply watching a movie, it makes film viewing a much better experience.  Movie watching is very much a social experience.  It is common for families to sit together to watch a movie.  With descriptive video, a person who is visually impaired can participate in the post-movie discussion along with everyone else.  He or she no longer feels isolated from the shared family experience.  Ultimately, being a full participant makes someone feel better about themselves and reduces the stigma that they often feel.