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17 January, 2019

Theatre Performances for Blind Audiences

How the Blind experience live theatre shows...

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Blind, vision impaired, and low vision show lovers now have theatre access.  Many playhouses around the country are starting to provide tactile 'on stage' walking tours and audio described performances during a live show.

A pre-show tour may include walking on the stage, feeling the set and props, meeting the actors and touching the costumes.  Touch tours before a show give those with sight impairment opportunities to touch and feel the textured costumes, wigs, explore the sets hands on, and talk with the actors, getting a feel of what is on the stage and how the performers are dressed.  This provides a mental visualization and sets up the story for the live performance. 

Audio described shows are used with headsets so the blind or visually impaired can hear the audio describers provide a live descriptive scenario of the visual components of the performance in-between the dialogues of the performing actors.  Audio descriptions give detailed explanations of scenes and set changes through the headsets.  Select performances will provide specially trained describers who verbalize what is happening on stage during pauses in dialogue.  Individuals listen through a receiver with a single earpiece, keeping them informed throughout the show.  Some theatres invite their sight impaired audience to come on stage after a show and have an instructed dance with the performers.

When researching for accessible live plays, it's good to know what theatres provide these individual services depending on the disability challenges.  There are many symbols to look for when trying to book show tickets.  Some of these include Open and Closed Captioning, Audio Description Live and Pre-recorded, Hearing Loop Systems and Hearing Assistive Listening Devices, Autism Friendly, Sign Language and Wheelchair Accessible.  The Broadway theatre district, as well as theatres and playhouses in other states, are now starting to offer more and more accessibility to their audiences, so everyone can enjoy the show!  http://theatreaccess.nyc/how-it-works

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MaxiAids has many products to help enhance independence and accessibility so you or your loved ones can enjoy activities and entertainment to the fullest!   Explore our products for the blind, low vision aids, blind accessories, and products for the visually impaired. For the hearing impaired there are products to choose from including hearing amplification devices and hearing aids.  --Audrey Leonard

05 November, 2018

Blind Iraq War Veteran Scott Smiley spreads hope and courage..... "Never give up in the face of hardship"

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Scott Smiley became the first blind active duty officer and first blind company commander to remain in the U.S. Army after being blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq during a suicide explosion in 2005.  It took some time for the Officer to accept his new life, but with his supportive and encouraging wife Tiffany by his side, he began to focus on his new life rather than focusing on the hardship.  He wanted to find the good that can come from these challenges, triumph over the loss of his sight, and inspire others in the process. 

Leading a life of inspiration, Smiley went back to school to earn a Master of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He was also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and went on to teach military leadership at West Point and to command the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point's Keller Army Medical Center. Smiley earned the Army's prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award, an award which recognizes junior officers who exhibit duty, honor, and country-- the ideals implemented by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
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Smiley still does the same things he did before; he just does them in different ways.  Besides  surfing, skiing, and skydiving, he climbed Mt. Rainier, completed an Ironman  triathlon, was named soldier of the year by The Army Times in 2007, won the MacArthur leadership award, and received an ESPY award as Best Outdoor Athlete in 2008. His book Hope Unseen was published in 2010 and he has been invited to speak to large groups nationwide-- inspiring athletes, Olympians, businesses, and students.  A father of three sons, he has since retired from the military in 2015, and currently works with the capital markets department at Drexel Hamilton, LLC (a New York State certified service-disabled veteran-owned broker-dealer firm which offers meaningful employment opportunities to disabled veterans), working as an investment banker for corporations and banks around the world.  In May of 2017, he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senator Bill Larkin.  In October of 2018, Scott recently appeared on the Dr. Phil show to talk about a reading device that turns written text into speech.
 
Smiley is a regular contributor to national and local media organizations, and his stories of hope, inspiration and overcoming obstacles and adversity currently continue to spread all across the country on television news and talk shows, as well as corporate and private events.  Scott and Tiffany also work with government officials to improve veteran care programs.
 
Some of his words to live by:
  • Serve others. "Give back more than we receive." 
  • Live with purpose. "No matter what trials and tribulations may face us, if we stay the true course we can live with a purpose."
  • Lead by example. "Understand what you're asking others to do.  You shouldn't lead an organization unless you understand the mission."
  • Persevere. "Life is worth living.  We all go through trials and hardship. Working through those trials, we all can improve."
Visit our low vision aids, blind accessories, assistive aids, and products for the blind and visually impaired to help improve independence inside and out of the home.   --Audrey Leonard