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Resources for accessing audio description services of the eclipse on August the 21st

Below are some options and resources for accessing audio description services of the eclipse that will be happening on Monday August the 21st.

Soundscape Eclipse App (iOS)

Have you heard that the US is about to witness a total eclipse of the sun?

Solar eclipses, when sunlight reaching earth is blocked by the moon, occur somewhere on earth about once every 18 months. But the last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast in the U.S. was nearly 100 years ago!

The Soundscape eclipse app for IOS devices is now available in the app store.

The Eclipse Soundscapes Project app is specially designed so that people who are blind and visually impaired can share in the awe and wonder of astronomical events in real time with their sighted peers.

The app is a joint effort between The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), NASA's Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC), the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), and the National Park Service (NPS). Features include an interactive "Rumble map"; audio descriptions of key features of the eclipse; a play-by-play description of the total solar eclipse as it is happening in the user's area; and a countdown clock to the next upcoming eclipse.

The "Rumble Map" gives the user the sensation of "feeling" the Sun during an eclipse. Our technology translates images of key eclipse features into a series of unique frequency modulated tones that map out variations in light and dark as the user explores the image with their fingertips. These tones are specially designed to make the user's mobile device shake, or rumble, in response to the changes.

After the eclipse, the Eclipse Soundscapes app will provide access to a database of soundscape recordings from U.S. National Parks and other urban and rural locations so that users can experience how eclipses change the behavior of different species, including humans. During the next five years, the app will expand to include other eclipses and astronomical objects of interest giving people who are blind and visually impaired - and everyone else - a new way to engage with the universe around them. Get the app here...

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

To help you better understand and more fully appreciate the August 21 total eclipse, Hadley teamed up with NASA scientists to bring expert insights right to you.

What's more: The first 30 visually impaired registrants will receive a free tactile map entitled "Getting a Feel for Eclipses." Created in cooperation with NASA specifically for this year's eclipse, the map illustrates the path across the US that the Aug 21 eclipse will take and gives readers a feel for how this astronomical event works.

More information on Hadley's 'Explore the Solar Eclipse with NASA'

The Audio Description Project, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB),

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joel Snyder, PhD - Director, Audio Description Project - (202) 467-5083

Audio Description to Allow the Blind To "See" the Total Eclipse

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2017 - The Audio Description Project, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, announces an opportunity for blind people world-wide to experience the upcoming total eclipse of the sun.

On Monday afternoon, August 21, at exactly 1:27 p.m. (CDT), the Sun above Nashville, TN will disappear from view. The sky will go completely dark. But through the use of succinct, imaginative and vivid language - audio description -the event will be accessible to the millions of people who are blind or have low vision, or anyone who wishes to experience a verbal version of the visual.

Between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (CDT) on August 21, Dr. Joel Snyder will host "A Total Eclipse - Audio Described!" on ACB Radio. Snyder, the director of ACB's Audio Description Project, will present an hour of songs ("Ain't Got No Sunshine," "Here Comes the Sun," "Blinded by the Light," "When The Sun Goes Down," etc.), interviews and special guests - with the main event being described live from the Tennessee School for the Blind between 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. (CDT). Trained audio describer, Nashville-based Julia Cawthon, will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid "translation" of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in.

"Audio description uses the spoken word to provide access to visual images that would otherwise not be accessible to people who are blind or have low vision," stated Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind. "Audio describers help make so many aspects of our culture accessible. We're delighted to sponsor this program on August 21 and help people experience this important event."

How to access the broadcast: Go to and select "Click Here to Play." Then be sure to select the link that opens the player that you use to listen to music or stream internet radio stations. You can also listen on any telephone by dialing (605) 475-8130 and select option 4. If you are using an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, install "ACB Link"; open the app, select the radio tab and then tap on the menu button. Select "live streams" and "ACB Radio Interactive," select the play button and the stream will launch.

Additional information about ACB's Audio Description Project is available at:

MindsEye Radio

Monday, 8/21, 1:00 p.m will be a live broadcast describing the solar eclipse.

You can access the MindsEye audio description broadcast by streaming it from their website. Also, you can access MindsEye services from the iTunes app, or the SERO app on your iDevice.

Streaming of MindsEye services are available through the "internet radio" option on a Victor Reader Stream.


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