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On-line Audio Description of Theatre for Visually Impaired Children and Youth

Children and youth Completed
Handisoft Andrzej Woch Agency, Kraków, Poland
2014-03-17 - 2015-12-14
348 291,50 PLN
313 291,50 PLN
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Project description
Access to education and culture is limited for individuals with disabilities, in particular blind and visually impaired people. Blind people cannot watch films or plays without a special commentary known as audio description. Audio description is a narrative that describes events, situations and individuals on the screen or stage that would otherwise be unavailable to blind audiences.
By giving blind children and youth and opportunity to fully and independently appreciate dramatic art they become more readily accepted and respected by their able-bodied peers. On the other hand, blind children feel more valuable members of the school community because they can do things on their own and without extra support just like their seeing peers.
In the long term, the project sought to reduce barriers to experiencing culture by blind children. The project allowed 664 blind children appreciate plays both at the theatre and online. The tools that have been developed by the project can now be used by blind people themselves to create and share audio description projects.
The project produced audio description of six plays for children staged by theatres in Cracow, Łódź, Poznań, Bielsko-Białe and Warsaw. Each show was followed by a meeting with actors and blind children could touch the costumes, puppets, the set and could talk to the actors.
Training was provided to employees of theatres and facilities for blind people in Lublin, Cracow, Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, Laski, Wrocław, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Radom.The software provided to centres allows blind students with interests in IT to download videos from YouTune and partner with a seeing person to create an audio description for it.
The project targeted blind theatre going children and children, youth, teachers and tutors in facilities for blind people.
The partner, Handisoft Andrzej Woch Agency, has been active in the blind community for many years. It has contributed its proprietary theatre audio description software. It has the audio description expertise and trainers. Furthermore, it has an advanced knowledge of IT solutions for blind people and vast experience in training blind and visually impaired people.
We use the grant for capacity building