[wisconsin] Dizny Anounces Audio Tours
Hyde, David W. (ESC)
david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us
Thu Jun 24 13:15:39 GMT 2010
>From: Mary Watkins <mary_watkins at wgbh.org>
>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:
>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
> * 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
>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
>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
>WGBH Media Contact: Mary Watkins,
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