New technology for both deaf and visually impaired moviegoers

Glasses developed by Sony are helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing enjoy movies in theatres. The glasses, which resemble thick sunglasses, project closed-captioning text on the lenses that is syncronized with the spoken dialogue. The technology also allows people who are visually impaired to wear earphones that give them audio descriptions of the action occurring on the screen. The headphones can also enhance the sound of the movie for persons who are hearing impaired.

Sony has sold this technology to Regal, Carmike, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the country. The glasses are an improvement over the rear-window captioning the preceeded this invention, because the text is easier to see and the glasses are less conspicuous.

Here is the link for more information:
www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/05/12/183218751/new-closed-captioning-glasses-help-deaf-go-out-to-the-movies

Please contact your local theatre to determine the availability of this technology.

Art and Writing Workshop for Caregivers and Care-Recipients

We’re happy to share information about an art and writing workshop for caregivers and care-recipients in the Austin area.

“Offered by Badgerdog and MobileArt and funded by St. David’s Foundation’s Health’s Angels, this art and writing workshop brings caregivers and care-recipients together for six weeks beginning August 11. Caregivers, with the help of Badgerdog teaching artists, explore family memories and the experience of caregiving through a variety of writing styles. At the same time, care-recipients create visual artwork—including sculpture, painting, and drawing—with assistance from MobileArt program volunteers. The work created during the workshops, both written and visual, will be published and displayed at a celebratory event on November 19. This workshop is free and meets Sundays from 1:00-2:30 at the AGE of Central Texas (3710 Cedar Street in Hyde Park). Workshop dates are: August 11, 18, 25 & September 8, 15, 22. To register, email Cecily Sailer at csailer@austinlibrary.org or call 512.542.0076. “

For more information go to:

http://www.austinlibrary.org/site/PageServer?pagename=bdog_adult