App to Make Incredibles 2 More Accessible for Moviegoers with Sensory Disabilities

June 2018 - In a recent collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, Actiview, a technology company based in the Bay Area in California, has updated its app to provide amplified audio and audio description narration for Incredibles 2, to make the film more accessible for moviegoers that are blind, have low vision, deaf, and hard of hearing. Actiview is focused on making entertainment more accessible for all, and Actiview founder, Alex Koren wrote, “Everyday we see people miss out on these shared experiences with family and friends. Movies are such a central part of our culture, and it’s our mission to ensure everyone is included in watching films through the Actiview app. Pixar is leading the way in ensuring their movies are accessible, and we are so excited to be working with them to provide access support for ‘Incredibles 2’.” Two of the film’s producers, Nicole Grindle and John Walker wrote about this collaboration, “We are very excited that Pixar is working with Actiview for ‘Incredibles 2’ and connecting with the Blind and Hard of Hearing audience. We made this movie for everyone to enjoy and this technology certainly allows that.”
 
According to the news report, there are an estimated ten million people in the U.S. who identify as deaf,  hard of hearing, blind, or low vision. The Actiview app provides a narrated description of the visual aspects of the film in addition to enhancing the film’s dialogue and sound effects. One film fan, Noah Carver wrote about his experience using the Actiview app, stating, “For me to watch a movie, I need a special audio track called Audio Description. It’s like an in-depth audiobook of the movie so while everyone else is watching the battles on screen, a narrator is describing everything in amazing detail to me.”
 
For more information and links to download the free Actiview app, please go to: http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2018/06/19/actiview-and-pixar-animation-studios-collaborate-giving-access-for-the-blind-and-hard-of-hearing-to-experience-incredibles-2-in-theaters/
 
[Source: Global Accessibility News]
Date of Publication: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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