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For the people who hear, music is not just an audible experience; music is intimately related to the memories of our lives. But, have you ever wondered how deaf people experience music? Impelled by that question, the members of Nerven&Zellen, a Chilean performing arts group, have been working on making it easier for deaf people to create visual memories associated with songs.

Concert audience. People raise their arms and forms a heart with their hands

Last Tuesday, the ones watching “America’s Got Talent” were blown away by Mandy Harvey. Mandy came that night with a Sign language translator, and her warm presence on stage was already enough to captivate the audience.  However, when she started singing, her beautiful voice, her perfect pitch, her inspiring song, melted the audience and the judges away! 


The recent lawsuit against the producers of the musical, Hamilton, have brought attention to the accessibility of Broadway shows in New York City. In this case the lawsuit was brought by a blind patron from Colorado, Mark Lasser, who wanted to attend the musical. 


Year round the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C., offers accessible performances for individuals with disabilities; however, most of those performances are coming between May and August. 

Dimly lighted, several rows of beige chairs in a theater.

On November 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced regulations to clarify a public accommodation obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities.

Girl with headphones listens video on a tablet. A descriptive phrase comes out of the headphones

Today is a day to celebrate!  We are very pleased to announce that the wonderful audiovisual content of Discovery en la Escuela is accessible starting today.

Landscape at sundown. View of Potomac river. The Kennedy Center stands next to the river

If you are thinking about visiting our capital this summer, do not miss the accessible performances held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Comprende logo. A smiling computer screen stands above the word "Comprende"

Last month, the Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) announced the completion of the Dicapta Foundation project, “Colombia Comprende.”  This project and three others were funded by the Colombian Ministry of ICT jointly with the Ministry of Culture, through the program, “Crea Digital 2014.”  See the press release at the Ministry of ICT.

Airplane, Woman with glasses looks forward to the back of a seat in front of her

It’s always good to find a variety of movies and TV programs available when you’re flying.  However, for deaf and hard of hearing people it must be very frustrating not to be able to access closed captioning, especially when they know that some of the movies and TV programs on the flight have already been captioned.