[Nfbmo] Fw: This is great!

Debbie Wunder debbiewunder at centurytel.net
Thu Jun 24 01:44:31 UTC 2010

Hi, are you going to Disney for Syrus's birthday? If so can I please be your 
little grand daughter? You know I have a couple of fives in my age too!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eugene Coulter" <escoulter at centurytel.net>
To: "NFB of Missouri Mailing List" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] Fw: This is great!

> Hi everyone  Iwas already aware of the system as I found it while doing 
> research for the trip we hope to take to Disney World next month. I 
> haven't decided whether I will pick up one of the devices yet.  But, here 
> are the current details especially since a lot of us will being going 
> there in July of 2011 for National Convention:
> Attraction Description utilizes Disney's Handheld Device to provide 
> supplemental audio for Guests with visual disabilities at specific 
> attractions. Devices are available at Theme Park Guest Relations locations 
> and require a $100 refundable deposit (must return item on same day for 
> refund).
> Attraction Description is currently available at the following Locations:
> Magic Kingdom
>    The Enchanted Tiki Room (Main Show Only)
>    Pirates of the Caribbean
>    The Haunted Mansion
>    "it's a small world"
>    Peter Pan's Flight
>    Snow White's Scary Adventures
>    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
>    Mickey's Country House
>    Minnie's Country House
>    Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
>    Tomorrowland Transit Authority
> Epcot
>    Impressions de France
>    Reflections of China
>    Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
>    Journey Into Your Imagination
>    The American Adventure
>    Gran Fiesta Tour
>    Universe of Energy
>    Living with the Land
>    O'Canada
>    Spaceship Earth
> Hollywood Studios
>    Muppet Vision 3D
>    Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
>    The Magic of Disney Animation
>    Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
> Animal Kingdom
>    It's Tough to be a Bug
>    Pangani Forest Trail
>    Maharajah Jungle Trek
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Gary Wunder" <gwunder at earthlink.net>
> To: "nfbmo list" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:22 PM
> Subject: [Nfbmo] Fw: This is great!
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Lehmann, Timothy A" <TimLehmann at MissouriState.edu>
>> To: "Lehmann, Timothy A" <TimLehmann at MissouriState.edu>
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:45 PM
>> Subject: This is great!
>> Just got this information. Thought you might appreciate it. Feel free to 
>> pass it on. Thanks and have a nice day!
>> Disney Unveils First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Audio Description Technology for 
>> Guests with Disabilities
>> National Association of Professional Engineers Names Handheld Assistive 
>> Technology Device "New Product of the Year"
>> LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 22, 2010 - Beginning June 27, guests with 
>> visual disabilities will be able to explore Walt Disney World theme parks 
>> in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that 
>> provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas and fits in the palm 
>> of a guest's hand.
>> "Disney Parks have long been at the forefront of providing accessibility 
>> for guests with disabilities," said Greg Hale, chief safety officer and 
>> vice president of Worldwide Safety and Accessibility for Walt Disney 
>> Parks & Resorts. "We are pleased to build on this legacy with new 
>> technology that enables us to do something that has never been done 
>> before - provide rich audio description in moving rides and outdoor 
>> environments."
>> Link to a demo of the outdoor environment audio description:
>> http://ncamftp.wgbh.org/disneyareadx/MK_AreaDX_Demo_Short.html
>> Via an interactive audio menu, the newly enhanced Assistive Technology 
>> Device lets guests choose the type of information they would like to 
>> receive about outdoor areas, from architectural elements to the location 
>> of the nearest restroom. The 7.2-ounce device, which utilizes wireless 
>> technology to pinpoint its location and take pre-programmed actions also 
>> offers guests at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort:
>> *   Detailed audio description of key visual elements, including action 
>> and scenery, for more than 50 attractions;
>> *   Amplified audio for most theater-type attractions for guests with 
>> mild to moderate hearing loss;
>> *   Handheld captioning that enables guests to read captions while 
>> enjoying specific rides; and
>> *   Activation of closed captioning in pre-show areas where television 
>> displays narrate the upcoming experience.
>> "I know of no other public space in this country - or anywhere else for 
>> that matter - that is as welcoming and accessible to people with 
>> disabilities as Disney's theme parks," said Larry Goldberg, director of 
>> media access at WGBH Boston, which is considered a pioneer in developing 
>> multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for the 
>> disabled. "With their captioning systems for guests who are deaf or 
>> hard-of-hearing and now outdoor environmental description for guests who 
>> are blind or visually impaired, Walt Disney World is now more inclusive 
>> than ever. WGBH is proud of our role in helping make this happen."
>> WGBH teamed up with Disney to deliver outdoor audio description, marking 
>> the latest collaboration between the two organizations, which began with 
>> the installation of WGBH's Rear Window(r) Captioning system in Disney's 
>> theater-based attractions in1996.
>> Disney has patented and licensed the assistive technology, which could 
>> serve a wide variety of retail, commercial and industrial applications. 
>> The technology is already being used at the World of Coca Cola Museum, 
>> The Hall at Patriot Place and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and will receive 
>> the National Society of Professional Engineers 2010 "New Product Award" 
>> next month.
>> "We are particularly excited to make this technology available beyond 
>> Disney Parks and extend accessibility where it was previously 
>> impractical," added Hale. Softeq Development Corporation is licensed to 
>> make the technology available beyond Disney Parks.
>> Other examples of Disney Parks' services for guests with disabilities 
>> include:
>> *   Accessible Experiences - From vehicles at Toy Story Midway Mania! 
>> that enable guests to remain in their wheelchair during the ride to 
>> American Sign Language interpretation at live shows, the focus is on 
>> providing accessible experiences.
>> *   Recreation Devices - Specially designed vehicles, such as an adaptive 
>> golf cart and sand and aquatic wheelchairs, enable guests to experience 
>> leisure activities throughout the resort.
>> *   Guide maps for Guests with Disabilities - Theme park-specific maps 
>> provide an overview of services and facilities available for guests with 
>> disabilities. Braille guidebooks are also available to assist guests 
>> during their visit.
>> *   Resort Access - Resort hotels at Walt Disney World Resort offer 
>> special equipment and facilities for guests with disabilities such as 
>> phone text, visual indicator door knocks and sloped-entry pools.
>> The Handheld Assistive Device is offered at no cost with a refundable 
>> deposit at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort theme parks. 
>> Audio description of outdoor areas will be available at Disneyland Resort 
>> next year. For further information about services for guests with 
>> disabilities, guests should visit the Walt Disney World Web site at 
>> disneyworld.com <http://www.disneyworld.com/>  or contact Walt Disney 
>> World Information at 407-824-4321 (voice) or 407-827-5141 (TTY).
>> *U.S. Patents 6,785,539 and 7,224,967 may apply.
>> Media Contact: Zoraya Suarez, Walt Disney World Manager of Media 
>> Relations, 407-828-3814.
>> WGBH Media Contact:  Mary Watkins, mary_watkins at wgbh.org, 617-300-3700
>> Tim Lehmann
>> Disability Projects Coordinator
>> College Of Education
>> Missouri State University
>> Hill Hall 401
>> 901 South National Avenue
>> Springfield, Missouri 65897
>> Office 417-836-4248   Fax 417-836-4884
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