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Finding Dory: Disney Pixar film using new audio system for visually impaired moviegoers

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Audiences can swim into theaters this weekend for Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory, but for those who have trouble physically seeing the movie, Audible Magic is now providing a way for more fish to enjoy the new release.

More than 21 million people in the U.S. are blind or visually impaired. While all feature films, according to a Disney press release, include a track for the blindness community, not all theaters have the special equipment needed to access those tracks. Utilizing the Disney Movies Anywhere app, Dory fans can now have a free audio description that narrates important on-screen action for those who can’t follow along visually.

This feature was introduced on the Disney Movies Anywhere app in February for in-home audiences, but now the iTunes app will allow theater capabilities. Users need an iPhone or iPad operating on iOS 7 or above, and of course a set of earbuds. The built in microphone on the listener’s phone picks up the film’s audio and syncs the audio description. 

Finding Dory is the 17th Disney-Pixar film to feature this audio accessibility. Fans who want to enjoy this new system in theaters can see the film starting Friday, June 17.