Descriptive Video Services

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    Programs that pay for or provide equipment which provides access to narrations of television programs, feature films, home videos or other visual media that describe actions, costumes, gestures, scene changes and other key visual elements that a visually impaired viewer would ordinarily miss. Descriptive video services are accessed via a stereo television set or VCR with a second audio program (S.A.P) feature or through a separate S.A.P receiver which can be used with or without the television. Some S.A.P receivers can also receive radio reading services. Some DVD's offer video description as a special feature. The video description track can be heard by selecting "visually impaired" from the "language" menu. In rare cases the DVD menus are audible.

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    Services to Visually Impaired/BlindAccess Technology Training: Introduces people who are blind or visually impaired to computer software and the internet and advance computer skills. Evaluation of low video magnifier, vision aids and store on site. Production: Provides employment to people with disabilities (minimum wage). Radio Reading: Individuals who are print reading impaired receive news, information, broadcasts of special events and other programming. Reading and recording of information for individuals. Also do Braille production. Prevention: Preschool vision and hearing screening for children ages 3-5. Adult screenings at businesses, civic organiztions, health fairs. Public awareness presentations. Free eye care and glasses for those who meet financial guidelines.DauphinVision Resources of Central PennsylvaniaVision Resources of Central Pennsylvania

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