MindsEye translates vision into audio. Through providing readings from local and national publications through radio and internet broadcasts and audio description to theatres, museums, parks, and more, MindsEye enables individuals in the blind and visually-impaired community of Metro St. Louis to stay connected and self-reliant.
9541 Church Circle Dr.
Belleville, IL 62223-1000
Our radio reading service has a long and proud tradition of excellence. In fact, MindsEye was the third such service in the country and the first to operate in either Illinois or Missouri. We began our service under the leadership of Father Boniface Wittenbrink, OMI (Oblate of Mary Immaculate) on March 1, 1973. MindsEye has grown exponentially since then! To date, we have over 13,000 listeners and broadcast our signal into over 80 nursing homes, retirement centers and hospitals in the area. We began offering Audio Description Services in the Fall of 2016 -- and have been able to connect with theatre companies like The Muny, The Rep, Stray Dog Theatre and organizations like The Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Zoo, and Delta Gamma Center to create a more accessible community. Our hope is that MindsEye will continue to grow and develop indefinitely.
MindsEye serves people who cannot read the printed word. Some listeners are totally blind. Others have low vision from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, trauma or glaucoma. There are listeners who can no longer turn the pages of a newspaper because they have had a stroke or have Parkinson's disease. Still others are unable to read because of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Anyone who cannot read a traditional newspaper because of a disability is eligible for service from MindsEye.
MindsEye's radio broadcasts reach a 75-mile radius around the south end of St. Louis City. The signal reaches as far west as Hermann, Missouri, as far north as Louisiana, Missouri, as far east as Centralia, Illinois, and as far south as Murphysboro, Illinois.
"We can enjoy a show together as a family because of audio description." Ann Adolphson, Mother of Andrew and Danielle, MindsEye Audio Description patrons
"MindsEye has come a long ways over the past 45 years but their mission is still the same. Broadcasting to the blind and visually impaired and not only to the blind residents around the St. Louis area, but with the advent of modern technology they are world-wide." Denny Huff, President of Missouri Council of the Blind
"I got this radio from MindsEye. . .Instead of life stopping, I went on . .. So, MindsEye has helped a lot, and it's helped other people too. I hope you will appreciate MindsEye like I do." Carla, MindsEye Listener
"Descriptive audio brings performances alive for me, painting a picture in my mind. I am committed to promoting the service so that others may be able to share the enjoyment of these performances." --Stephen, MindsEye Communications Committee Member