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Disney Reveals Audio Technology for Guests with Visual Impairments

On June 27, 2010, Walt Disney World Resort will reveal updates to its handheld Assistive Technology Device (ATD) for Orlando guests with visual impairments. The device offers detailed descriptions for outdoor areas in the theme parks and will be available for Walt Disney World guests for a $25 deposit through Guest Relations.

The handheld device, which uses wireless technology, combines multiple functions – assistive listening, handheld captioning, and audio description – with a portable, easy-to-use platform.

The ADT allows guests to access desired information from an interactive audio menu. For example, guests may use the device to receive additional information on an attraction or get directions thanks to signals picked up from GPS, radio and infrared transmitters located at various points in the parks.
The device currently offers information on more than 50 attractions, and is equipped with audio enhancements for guests with mild to moderate hearing impairments. Handheld captioning is available for specific rides, as well closed captioning for pre-show areas with television displays.

For the full article and samples of Disney’s new audio descriptions, click here: Sample Disney’s New Theme Park Audio


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