The Audio-Reader Network provides trained Audio Describers for live events in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka. The service is utilized primarily by people with vision loss, however, it can also be helpful for people with cognitive or learning disabilities, English language-learners, and people on the autism spectrum. Audio Description has also been shown to help with language development and active listening skills in children!
Audio-Reader will describe the 2022 Broadway Series Saturday evening shows (other dates may be available upon request)
May 14 Roger and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
May 21 Waitress
June 11 Hairspray
August 13 Anastasia
August 20 Sister Act
September 17 Prom
Listening devices for described performances will be available for checkout at Audio-Reader's table located at Terrace 2
Description available. Contact the theatre to request additional dates
September 23, 2022 for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) performance dates Dec. 2, 3, 4, 8,9,10,11, 16, 17, 18 description TBD
January 27, 2023 The Lifespan of a Fact
March 10, 2023 Murder on the Orient Express
March 21, 2023 Silent Sky
June 16, 2023 Something Rotten!
Audio Description is available upon request. Request description when purchasing your tickets.
What is Audio Description?
Audio Description aims to bring more meaning and enjoyment to entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences for blind and visually impaired people. The key is making visual imagery accessible. It’s used to enhance movies, television, media, theater and other live performances/events, museums, national parks, meetings, and educational programming. These visual elements can include action, costumes, settings, facial gestures ,facial expressions and other visually important images.
How Does It Work?
Patrons check out a pair of headphones on the way into the theater, and the Audio Describer broadcasts directly to the headphones. Before the show, the program is read and theater layout (including aisles, bathrooms, and exits) is described. During the performance, the describer will describe sets, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, stage action and other visual elements, without speaking over the actors.
Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
Select exhibits at the Dole Institute of Politics have audio description available. Patrons can access description by using a QR code reader downloaded to their smart phone.
- The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Allies & Advocates Traveling Exhibit: On display at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum through December 2018; Audio Description available on-site.
- Legacies of '76 (Audio Description available on-site.)
- Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities: 70 Years of Dole Leadership
- The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Allies & Advocates
Audio Description can be utilized for students who need access to the visual elements of classroom videos, blended learning videos, and other learning elements. For more information, call 785-864-4600.
Audio-Reader can help your business improve the accessibility of videos used on your website, in social media posts, and for training. For more information, call 785-864-4600.
Become an Audio Describer!
If you would like to be contacted about future training sessions, send us an email at email@example.com.
Learn More about Audio Description!
Audio-Reader would be happy to do an audio description demonstration for your group. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.