Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities
Volume 20 Number 9
Moviegoers with visual
and hearing impairments can enjoy the latest flicks at Bones Theatre in
The MoPix system was
funded by the Lakota Chapter of the American Council of the Blind of
Indiana, and Bones is the first
“The [MoPix] system creates an inclusive experience,” said Sue L’esperance of the Lakota Chapter. “People with hearing and visual impairments enjoy the same film in the same theater as visitors without disabilities.”
MoPix provides unique, movie-dictation headsets for customers with visual impairments. Headset users can still hear the normal movie sounds and dialogue taking place on the screen, but also enjoy a detailed description of the film’s visual elements, including set design and scenery.
Patrons with hearing impairments are given a reflector that’s positioned on the seat in a way that still allows them to see the screen. An LED display board on the back wall of the room provides movie captions, which are displayed backward on the board so that they show up correctly in the reflectors.
The Lakota Chapter
applied for various grants and conducted several fundraisers to make
MoPix possible. When they came up short just six months before the
deadline to reach their goal in March, the Tri Lakes Lions Club offered
help. They hosted a fish and tenderloin fry to support the Lakota
Chapter’s efforts, at which visitors were presented with information
about the MoPix system and
Not only did the Lakota Chapter meet its donation goal at the fish and tenderloin fry held in early March, members turned it into a Disability Awareness Month activity. The March 2007 Disability Awareness theme, “Make Room for Everyone,” was incorporated into the fundraising event. Themed posters were displayed at the site, and visitors were given the Power of Words brochure, Braille alphabet cards, blind awareness coloring books and other materials. The Churubusco Lions Club, Espich Printing, League for the Blind and Disabled, Indiana Deaf Association and Northeast Indiana Advocacy Council also helped with the event.