SM City Rosales treats visually-impaired, deaf kids

ROSALES — SM City Rosales treated 100 visually-impaired and deaf children accompanied by their parents and teachers to a special screening of The Good Dinosaur, a Disney movie, with audio description and closed captions on March 7.

Cathy Garcia, assistant mall manager, said the animated film had an audio-description by a narrator who described every key visual element in the movie that the blind could not see, the action, scene changes, the actor’s gestures, facial expressions, costumes and even on-screen text.

The narration was inserted in between pauses or in gaps within dialogues whenever possible to enable the students from Special Education Centers in Pangasinan II Division and Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center in Rosales to follow and understand the unfolding story.

Garcia said it was the third treat in three years by the Persons With Disability (PWD) Committee of SM Supermalls under the SM Cares.

“This is setting a goal that there’s no limit for what a person can do regardless of his or her physical condition,” she said and cited the partnership with the Movie Television Review and Classification Board, Philippine Blind Union, Deaf Blind Support Philippines, Inc., CALL Foundation of the Blind, and others.

There will be other free movie screening for the same children on Sept. 5 with OZ The Great and the Powerful, Nov. 7 (Tomorrowland) and Dec. 5 (Frozen).

Marvic Pulido, a Special Education teacher in Tomana Elementary School this town said he brought 10 deaf and mute students who watched the movie.

“They were so excited because it’s free and it was held in SM Rosales,” he said. “The big difference now is the movie had sub-title for the deaf children, he added.

Lawrence Galletes, born visually-impaired and an elementary pupil in Bautista town, said he enjoyed the movie. (Tita Roces)