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Descriptive Video Service (DVS) Home Video

Address:
300 E. Magnolia Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Burbank, CA  91502
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(818) 652-3344
(818) 562-1919 (TTY)
(818) 562-3388 (Fax)
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Founded in 1990, DVSŪ pioneered access to television for viewers who are blind or visually impaired. The service provides descriptive narration of key visual elements, which is then inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue to help low-vision viewers to better understand the story. Key visual elements are those which viewers with vision loss would ordinarily miss and include actions, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, scene changes, and onscreen text. Descriptions are accessed on TV programs via the Second Audio Program (SAP) option, which is standard on most contemporary TVs and VCRs.

Stephens Development, Large Print Music

Address:
6303 Thorndon Circle
University Park, FL  34201
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(888) 714-4419 (Toll Free)
(941) 358-8567 (Fax)
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We offer helpful information, immediate service and excellent prices on sheet music and software from major publishers. Large Print Music is printed 2 1/2 times larger than regular music, designed for people who have minor visual limitations -- particularly those with diminishing near vision. The unique format of spreading music accross each two page spread (instead of up and down each page) improves viewing and makes playing easier.

Music for the Blind

Address:
704 Habersham Rd.
Valdosta, GA  31602
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(888) 778-1828 (Toll Free)
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Lessons for over a dozen instruments demonstrated and explained totally "by ear" in everyday language. NO Print, NO Braille, NO Hard to learn system! Just great music instruction. Bill Brown uses recordings to teach students how to play various instruments without written notation.

Mopix

Address:
One Guest Street
Boston, MA  02135
Phone:
(617) 300-3400
(617) 300-2489 (TTY)
(617) 300-1035 (Fax)
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Mopix is a web site that lists theaters currently offering Descriptive Video Service (vision loss) or Rear Window Captioning Systems (hearing loss). In Washington, Cinerama (Seattle), Pacific Place (Seattle), Kent Station and AMC River Park Square (Spokane) currently offer video description. There are also several locations near the US/Canada boarder in British Columbia.

Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences

Address:
400 Harvard Ave. E. #202
Seattle, WA  98102
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(206) 323-7190
(206) 528-2085 (Fax)
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AVIA's mission is to increase the knowledge of, and involvement in, the arts by the State of Washington's visually impaired residents. AVIA pursues this mission by: Providing Audio-Description for live performances; Promoting Audio-Description as an effective and appropriate method of providing accessibility to theatre performances for persons with visual impairments; Providing other appropriate access services to the arts for blind and visually impaired people (see Programs and Services); Involving visually impaired people in the creation of art; Informing visually impaired people of the availability of access to the arts. Contact the Access Arts Line at (206) 528-2085.

Center Pointe

Address:
1408 N Washington Street
Spokane, WA  99201-2438
Phone:
(509) 325-5451
(509) 344-1083 (Fax)
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Provide recreational, social, and educational activities to adults with disabilities, including blindness and visual impairment,to empower each to reach their highest potential as an important part of the community. Day Out for the Blind organizes day-long recreational activities every Friday for blind and visually impaired persons.

Evergreen Radio Reading Service, WTBBL

Address:
2021 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98121-2783
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(206) 615-0400
(800) 542-0866 (Toll Free)
(206) 615-0418 (TTY)
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ERRS is a 24-hour broadcasting service of current newspapers, books, magazines, and other information for people who cannot read regular print. The service is available throughout Western Washington and most areas of Eastern Washington. Depending upon geographical area, access to ERRS is possible by using special radio receivers provided free of charge by the library.

KCTS Descriptive Video Service

Address:
401 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA  98109
Phone:
(206) 443-6677
(800) 443-9991 (Toll Free)
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Visually impaired viewers who live in areas that receive the signal of public television station KCTS (Channel 9) can gain access to the DVS by activating the Second Audio Program (SAP) channel. Most stereo televisions and VCRs now have a special switch or button for this feature. Call (206) 443-4215 for current DVS program information.

VSA Arts of Washington

Address:
305 Harrison St., #303
Seattle, WA  00000
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(206) 443-1843
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VSAAW is a cultural and educational organization dedicated to providing arts opportunities by, for, and with persons with disabilities. It is an accredited program of VSA arts, an educational affi liate of JFK Center for the Performing Arts.