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This is a group for anyone in the blind and visually impaired community. We know there are many issues to discuss, and much to do to help Philly become more accessible. We also want to have fun and plan some really exciting events that inspire and inform. It's all about getting together, making friends and sharing stories! Hope you will join us!

Upcoming events (4)

Special Announcement: Philly Touch Tours
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9th Street Italian Market

Philly Touch Tours are about to launch- If you would like an uplifting sensory experience of Philly's Italian Market then please let us know. Venues include the stores: Superior Pasta
Anthony's Italian Coffee and Chocolate House, The Spice Corner, De Bruno Brothers Gourmet Food and Specialty Cheeses and more. Tours are by arrangement on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:30am - 12:30pm and cost $25 per person. Bring cash and a bag for your purchases.We get a 10% discount in most. This is a truly fun and delectable experience, don't miss it! Contact Tour Guides: Trish Maunder or Austin Seraphin at this site, by e mail to [masked] or by phone at[masked]

Announcement: Sighted Drexel Student seeks people to test Blind/VI game!

My name is Wenjie Wu, I am a graduate student from the digital media department of Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design in Drexel University.
I am studying hand gesture interaction in audio-only game.
Because I want to find out a proper design of interactive audio feedback which is responsive to hand gestures to both encourage user participation and maintain or even deepen the immersion in audio-only environment.
I hope that the result of this research can be applied to enlarge people's access to gesture-controlled audio-only game, especially for the blind community.

If you would like to meet and test Wenjie's game and give her some much appreciated feedback please contact her at Wenjie Wu at [masked]

You are always welcome to meet with her at the Philly Tour Hub!

Latest audio described theater shows and events from Independence Starts Here

Independence Starts Here
Below are all of the details for upcoming accessible events in April and May. For more information call or email Nicole Oidick at[masked] or [masked]

Sensory Garden Party at Main Line Art Center
Join Main Line Art Center on May 30, 2015 from 1-3pm in their beautiful Sensory Garden for ice cream and fun as they celebrate the close of their Accessible Art Exhibitions, featuring inspiring work created by at-risk youth and children and adults with disabilities.


Inis Nua Theatre | 1412 Chestnut Street, Phila., PA

Audio Description on April 19, 2015 at 2pm

This inspired take on Homer’s The Odyssey finds four absurd men holding vigil in an empty swimming pool. These are the last of the one hundred suitors of Penelope, who has waited ten years for her husband Odysseus to return from the Trojan Wars. Will the great warrior return and slay his rivals? Or will Penelope give up and turn to a new love?

Kinky Boots

The Forrest Theatre | 1114 Walnut St, Phila., PA
Audio Description on May 7, 2015 at 7:30pm

Kinky Boots extends special pricing to this audio described performance for those patrons that are blind or have low vision. Select orchestra seats are $54.40, including a $2 facilities fee. Purchasing tickets in person at the box office carries no additional fees. Purchasing tickets via phone or internet does incur additional fees that begin at $12.25 per ticket. Limit 4 tickets per purchase. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Call or email Nicole Oidick at[masked] or [masked] to receive the price code for this special rate. Nicole will take your reservations for the number of headsets needed to enjoy the audio description of this performance. She will also provide the phone number and website link to use in order to access the special pricing when purchasing tickets via phone, online or in person at the box office. All special price tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 1, 2015 to secure seats. KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

Brownsville Song
Philadelphia Theatre Company | 480 S. Broad Street, Phila., PA
Audio Description on May 16, 2015 at 2pm

Brownsville song is about Tray, a teenage boy, doing his best to navigate the life he shares with his grandmother and half-sister. He loves his family, works at Starbucks, has a passion for boxing and hates having to write his college essay. He must also deal with his estranged stepmother who now seeks forgiveness. He moves through his life like any young person–in fits and starts–trying to figure it all out. And then, one day, he is in the wrong place at the wrong time and his story comes to a sudden end. What becomes of Tray’s legacy?

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