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Descriptive Narration for movies

People with normal vision do not realize how much activity without dialogue happens in movies.  Often times, those non-verbal scenes are crucial to the movie plot.  Going to the movies is really much more than entertainment.  Successful movies become part of our culture and our sources of many conversations.  When someone does not see movies, they can easily feel left out and a bit isolated.  The good news is that movie theaters recognize this and now use this new technology to help people who are visually impaired, Descriptive Narration.

Descriptive Narration describes key visual elements such as actions, settings and scene changes, making movies more meaningful.  Most major movie chains offer special headphones that provide descriptive narration when things are happening without and between dialogue.  An example might go something like, "Joe is picking up a knife, moves slowly towards John and then stabs him."  This narration provides important information about the plot to the person who is visually impaired.  That person now knows that it was Joe who stabbed John, a critical component of the plot.

Descriptive Narration headphones are free to borrow and are available at ticket counters.  With this program, someone who is visually impaired can see a movie, be entertained and be part of popular culture.  S/He, along with anyone who saw the movie, can also say how surprised they were to learn that it was Joe who stabbed John.