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RP International and TheatreVision™ premiere
T2 “Terminator” described in TheatreVision by Nia Vardalos, Michael Biehn and John Beard will be presented to 180 blind children for the 25th annual TheatreVision™ film.
The audio described film, “T2” Judgment Day, one of the first films described by assistive technology created by Helen Harris will be shown to 180 blind attendees who will be coming to Los Angeles. The attendees, who are all blind and vision-impaired, look forward to another great day at the movies where they can actually “see” a film described just for the blind. The TheatreVision™
When the Blind Olympics came to me several years ago and told me that their Saturday evening event had been cancelled, I scrambled for an answer. In a few hours, I found a theater on the Paramount lot with my first film, Forrest Gump, described by Vin Scully and was able to begin a wonderful relationship experience for young athletes, all blind, coming in from around the country to Los Angeles to participate in a new experience of going to the movies through the eyes of TheatreVision™
Once again, legendary LA Dodgers First Baseman Wes Parker will participate in the event. A six-time Gold Glove winner (1964-1972), Wes Parker may go down in Dodger history as one of the best fielding first basemen ever. During his tenure with the team, he helped lead the Dodgers to both the 1965 and 1966 World Series.
The blind participants will be given a goody-bag which will include a special TheatreVision™
Date: May 3, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Harmony Gold Preview House
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
About RP International (RPI)
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative, hereditary eye disease that afflicts nearly 3.5 million people worldwide. When diagnosed with the condition 40 years ago, Helen Harris was a homemaker in Pennsylvania. Once she found out that she had passed on RP to two out of her three sons, she started a mission to save vision by founding RP International (RPI). Since then, Harris’ non-profit organization has led the fight against disabling eye diseases that afflict over 31 million people in America and worldwide. RPI has raised over $5 million to date during the past 40 years of telethons and special events, including its annual Vision Awards fundraiser for medical research for restoring vision. RPI is also behind the first successful retinal transplant that has fully restored vision in blind patients. RPI has also enlisted other donors into contributing more than $300 million directly to medical research for eye health. Whether Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration, Usher's Syndrome, Batten's Disease, or other visual impairments, RPI has helped pierce the darkness through the following initiatives:
Contributions to support RPI’s initiatives to save vision can be made via mail to: RP International, PO BOX 900, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, or online at www.rpinternational.org. For information please contact Helen Harris at 818-992-0631, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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