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On Monday, April 24, the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau hosted a webinar about the FCC's Consumer Help Center, the online portal for filing complaints and consumer information. The webinar covered in part how to file an informal complaint related to access for people with disabilities. A copy of the webinar video and presentation is posted at April 24th Event. (Updated Apr 25)
The BADIE contest (which we announced last October) asked young people who are blind or have low vision to submit short reviews of any described movie. Here we announce the winners. We have now added audio of the winners reading their submissions. (Updated Apr 11)
Once again we solicit YOUR nominations for the individuals and organizations who represent the best contributors to audio description in six categories:
- Achievement in Audio Description – Media
- Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts
- Achievement in Audio Description – Museums/Visual Art/Visitor Centers
- Achievement in Audio Description – International
- Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award in Audio Description – Research and Development
- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description
Read the complete announcement and nomination instructions, or use our quick online nomination form, or view past winners. Nominations are open through Friday June 2 with winners announced at the ACB Convention in July. (Posted Apr 3)
An interesting new article appeared on NPR recently discussing the lawsuit regarding the lack of audio description for the immensely popular broadway show Hamilton. "I think what this suit brings to light is that you have a hidden population out there that is not gaining the full access to Broadway," says attorney Scott Dinin who filed the class-action suit. On the other hand, there are good things to report. "Last year, a new website called Theatre Access NYC launched" whose goal is " to provide one stop where people with disabilities can find accessible performances." Read the NPR article. (Posted Mar 21)
Per a recent Campus Announcement, the University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities. Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order. Additional Article on File Deletion. This has been a popular item on our discussion list also. (Posted Mar 14)
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has premiered Imaginary Mary with description Tuesdays at 9:30pm.
We have found that The Cartoon Network audio describes some shows but has no list of them. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one. If you can find others, let us know, please!
just premiered Road Hauks Saturdays at 10pm.
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