Being visually impaired, we’re bound to miss some important visual cues when watching our favorite TV shows. For me, no matter how big the screen, I chose the “up close and personal” method; I pull a chair very close to the boob tube so that I see those important facial reactions that help tell the tale.
My coworker Becca sent me an article the other day that I really enjoyed entitled Watching TV Blind: A Love-Hate Relationship written by Paul Schroeder. Paul grew up with the same favorite comedies as I did – All in the Family, MASH, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and on and on. I respect a man who admits to wasting hours in the precious 70’s watching The Love Boat. Today, my daughter and I like sharing the couch and watching “Good Luck Charlie” together. But from that distance, I can’t see the grand entrances accompanied by funny facial expressions, so I fall behind the laughter a bit.
Enter video described shows. There’s a long and storied history here; many fought for this right and the battle isn’t over to ensure that access to video description continues far into the future. Paul doesn’t end there – he includes information on what shows are video described and how you go about turning them on. After all, technology is always better when you know how to use it. Paul encourages us to be proactive and contact our favorite show’s network if it is not video described. Now comes the really hard part – finding a good adult comedy that’s worth watching. I guess there is only so much we can do about that!
I’m curious to hear what your solutions are in case there’s a better method that I should try – leave us a comment!