Monday, April 04, 2005

I-Caption Makes Big River Performances at Ford's Theatre Accessible to the Deaf

Ford's Theatre patrons attending Deaf West's production of Big River, which features both deaf and hearing actors,
can follow the onstage dialogue and lyrics with I-Caption(R), the latest
innovation in assistive technology.

"We developed the I-Caption system so deaf and hard of hearing theater goers would not be limited to attending special signed shows," said T. Richard Fitzgerald, theatrical sound designer and CEO of Sound Associates, Inc. "There is so much happening onstage in this unique, dynamic production that a deaf patron not fluent in American Sign Language could miss a lot."

I-Caption features a handheld wireless unit that displays dialogue and lyrics in text, in real time from any seat in the house. The system made its debut in Deaf West's production of Big River on Broadway and has been available for all performances of the national touring companies ever since. I-Caption is also available for Broadway's Wicked and will soon be available for Mamma Mia! (Via PRWeb)

I-Caption - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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