Audio description makes exhibitions accessible to visually impaired people in the Amazon

Through the audio description technology, the Government of Amazonas, aims to guarantee the cultural accessibility to blind and low vision.
26/09/2016 17h45 - Updated 26/09/2016 17h45
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Author's name, screen size, color and detail of a painting or photograph. Everything described in audio to encourage imagination and help those who can not see, to have contact with art. And so, through audio description technology, that the Government of Amazonas, through the Secretary of State for Culture, aims to guarantee the cultural accessibility to blind and low vision.

Implemented in Largo Gallery, in Manaus Center, audio description consists of a resource, used for a similar device with a pen, making accessible, through storytelling, any event, video or cultural product that images are relevant to understanding and interaction with content.

"One of the determinations of the governor Jose Melo is to increase accessibility for people with disabilities in all state action areas. Like this, in addition to the accessibility of services provided at events, We extended to our exhibitions, committing some of the resources that we already use in our Braille Library in the last five exhibitions held in Largo Gallery ", He explained Robério Braga, Amazon Culture Secretary.

There are five special exhibitions visitation work for the visually impaired is being held in space. "The exhibition aims to include people with visual impairment, who can not see it, but can hear it, By means of the feature description. Local monitors are trained to follow the blind and direct them to works with audio description. The special visitation work is professional and is performed by Braile Library and supervised by the Inclusion of People with Disabilities Advisory, within the Braille Library ", said Sandra Beach, director of Largo Gallery.

According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 35,8 million Brazilians declare with some degree of visual impairment. Of these, but of 650 thousand are in the Amazon.

With the photo exhibition "Look who looks you", photographer Dani Cruz was one of the first artists to use the resource in the gallery. It defines the audio description initiative of its panels as "wonderful" and "amazing feeling". Without hiding his satisfaction to have their photos accessible to a wider audience, she says: "The exhibition will reach people hitherto not thought by photographers. My photos were exposed only to those who can see. And now available also to those who do not see or sees little ".

The photographer aims to provide the description in his next work. "I want in the future also create an exhibition that explores the reliefs, the shapes, textures and sensations ", comments.

Revolution access
The university Rodrigo Valerius, who is blind, defines the audio description as a true "revolution in access to culture". According to him, the resort is a huge possibility of cultural integration. "It is an important tool in the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of certain things that were very difficult", says.

He says the appeal means, for him, opportunities for access to cultural resources - which to date has been limited in your life. "Audio description excites me, because now I can understand and discuss movies, theater, architecture and exhibits more ownership and security ", reports.

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