Experience the Solar Eclipse Through Audio Description
Are you blind or have low vision?
If yes have you wondered what the solar eclipse looks like and what has everybody all excited about?
ACB Radio and the Audio Description Project will be teaming up on August 21, 2017 to bring you a full experience on what a solar eclipse looks like!
2017 ACB Conference & Convention Highlight Video
Highlights from the 56th Annual ACB Conference & Convention from June 30 to July 7, 2017, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada (with audio description): https://youtu.be/ARwprgxjaiQ
ACB Scholarship Winner Jimmy Yocom
A video of 2017 ACB scholarship winner Jimmy Yocom speaking at general session at the 56th Annual ACB Conference and Convention, on July 3 2017: https://youtu.be/CFuuL36jMy4
ACB Commends Congress on Introduction of H.R. 3457
The American Council of the Blind commends U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) on the introduction of H.R. 3457, which calls for the Controller General of the United States to investigate the government’s systemic failure to provide materials in accessible formats for recipients of Medicare and Medicaid. Read more at: http://acb.org/HR-3457-Intro
ADP Master List of Audio Decribed Videos
As the only repository of all audio described titles on DVD and the three video streaming services (Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix), the Audio Description Project decided to create a new index of ALL the titles. This new "Master" index will allow you to look up any movie or TV series to see if it is available anywhere for purchase or with a subscription. At the moment, there are 1426 described videos available, 567 of which are duplicated in more than one service. Access the list by clicking on the following link: http://www.acb.org/adp/masterad.html
Blind Parenting Video
Parents often say that raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging stages of life. Now imagine how you’d do it if you were blind. Not sure? … Check out this video and learn how two parents, Rebecca and Eric, who are both blind are loving, laughing and adapting as they raise their two-year-old son, Tyler, who loves books, trucks, airplanes, playing, and exploring the world around him. ACB Parenting Video ACB Parenting Video with Audio Description
Microsoft Accessibility Resources
For links to several Microsoft accessibility resources, visit: http://acb.org/microsoft-resources.
ACB Welcomes Reintroduction of Medicare Demonstration Bill
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) commends Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Steve Cohen (D-TN) on reintroduction of the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage of Low-Vision Devices Act of 2017 (H.R. 2050). This legislation will establish a national demonstration/research project tasked with identifying the impact to Medicare and Medicare recipients who are prescribed low-vision devices over a certain threshold cost. To read more, visit: http://acb.org/PR-reintroduction-medicare-bill
ACB and the Policy of Structured Negotiations
An article about structured negotiations, written by Eric Bridges, appeared as a feature in the Philanthropy Journal, a publication of North Carolina State University. To read the article, please visit: http://acb.org/ACB-structured-negotiations.
Charter Communications Accessible Features
To read a message from Charter Communications about their new accessible television features, please visit: http://acb.org/Charter-accessible-features.
DirecTV Accessibility Resources
For Links to DirecTV's Talking Guide FAQ as well as instructions on how to enable video description through DirectTV, please visit: http://acb.org/direcTV-accessibility-resources
Window-Eyes to JAWS Migration
AiSquared is ending sales of the Window-Eyes screen reader in the United States and Canada, effective immediately. To read more, visit: http://acb.org/WindowEyes-JAWS-migration
AMC Theaters Agrees to Improve Services for Blind Movie-Goers
AMC Theaters (AMC) has reached an agreement with several blind individuals, the California Council of the Blind (CCB), and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco (LightHouse) to ensure blind customers have reliable access to audio description services at AMC movie theaters nationwide. To read more, visit: http://acb.org/AMC-Theaters
Amazon Video Now Offers Audio Described Titles!
Amazon has initiated audio described content, and today ACB with Amazon is pleased to announce the initial Amazon Video offering of 117 movies and 10 TV series. All of the TV series and some of the movies are available free to Amazon Prime members. Once you make a selection of description from the Audio menu on a given device, your choice will be remembered for future titles that have description tracks. We will continue to update the list of described titles and announce them via social media as they become available. To read more, visit: http://acb.org/amazon-announces-AD
Improving Accessibility of Summer Blockbusters
Memorial Day weekend has traditionally marked the beginning of summer and the start of Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season. Over the past six months, there has been great progress toward making movies more accessible for people who are blind and visually impaired. So, as friends and family take to the cool confines of their local cinema during the dog days of summer, The American Council of the Blind (ACB) wants to know where progress still needs to be made. To read more, visit: http://acb.org/accessible-summer-blockbusters
ACB Applauds FCC on Description Expansion
The American Council of the Blind applauds the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted new rules increasing the number of hours of audio-described programming available on top-rated broadcast and cable networks. Read more at: http://acb.org/FCC-AD-expansion
National Parks in California Will Become More Accessible to The Blind or Visually Impaired
National parks in California will become more accessible to those who are visually impaired or blind, because of collaboration among the University of Hawai‘i, Google, the American Council of the Blind, and the National Park Service. Read more at: http://acb.org/CA-national-parks
iPhone App from the American Council of the Blind Links Blind People to its Affiliates and Services
Phone numbers for ACB Radio, ACB Braille and E-Forums and ACB Reports
You can reach ACB Radio on the phone by dialing 605-475-8130.
To reach the ACB Braille Forum, E Forum and ACB Reports, dial 605-475-8154.