The Lied Center and the Audio-Reader Network will host an event on Sept. 28 titled “How the Visually Impaired Experience Live Performing Arts.” The presentation will take place ahead of the KU Symphony Orchestra’s performance with guest violinist Simone Porter.
The presentation will focus on how audio description, an additional narration track on movies and other forms of visual media, can enhance and exhibit a visual experience for somebody who is visually impaired. The Audio-Reader Network will also discuss how audio description can be accessed.
The main presentation will be given by Jennifer Nigro, coordinator of volunteers at the Audio-Reader Network.
“Audio-Reader provides access to information for people who have a hard time reading standard print due to vision loss, physical or learning disability, mobility challenges, and age. We broadcast via radio, telephone and our online stream, and can provide specially-requested materials,” Nigro said. “Our primary focus is on reading area newspapers aloud, though we also read books and magazines. Our listeners have to apply for service, which is free of charge.”
Lawrence resident Susan Tabor, who was born blind, works for a service that provides both readings and information to those who are blind, visually impaired or print-disabled.