Mr. Faisal Al-Kooheji, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind, confirmed that the “Listen Ears” program, which was launched in cooperation with Hamad Bin Khalifa University, has demonstrated in practice its ability to contribute to providing descriptive services in the fields of visual arts, sports matches, and other events, to blind and visually impaired people.
He explained that the Center is making a lot of effort to integrate people with visual disabilities into society and to demonstrate their great abilities and potential, pointing out that the program, which is currently continuing its efforts, needs to be more present at various state events through the expertise available in the Department of Visual and Audio Translation at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He hoped that the culture of audio description would spread more widely through various media platforms, to provide the blind with broader knowledge and easy access to the shows and events being presented, where they can participate and explore, and provide an accurate description of all the details. He pointed out that the program is being held in cooperation with the Qatar Cultural Center for the Blind and Hamad Bin Khalifa University, in light of the Center’s endeavor to facilitate blind and visually impaired people’s access to visual and audio-visual arts, through audio description. During meetings held between the Center and Hamad Bin Khalifa University, brainstorming is carried out to provide what is best within the framework of introducing audio description that enables the blind and visually impaired to view visual arts such as films, theatrical performances and paintings.