To you and me, going to the local cinema is the perfect way to chill out and relax, however it isn’t as easy for those who are hearing or vision impaired.
Ability Links Macarthur is working to make the cinema experience simpler for the hearing and vision impaired, working closely with Event Cinemas Campbelltown to host an audio descriptive and closed caption screening of The Lion King on Friday, July 19.
The screening will not only feature open captions and audio description but will also introduce the revolutionary BindiMaps, a unique system of wayfinding and navigation for people with vision impairment. Auslan interpreters will also be available on the night.
Event Cinemas Campbelltown also has Cafe and Gold Class menus available in braille.
The event – which starts at 5pm with registration and special guest speeches – is 100% free with lucky door prizes and a best dressed children’s competition.
According to Campbelltown Deaf Community spokeswoman Tracey Clissold, people travel from all parts of Sydney to attend these rare events.
“It’s good to see the full screen and be able to read the captions rather than having to look at a smaller screen for the words and back to the big screen for the pictures,” she told the Macarthur Advertiser.
“These movies can also benefit people learning English or children learning how to speak – it’s not just for deaf people.”
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(Source: Macarthur Advertiser)