Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-tÚlÚ in French, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians.
In pursuit of that mission, we believe that for all impacted and concerned Canadians, AMI can be a new model media organization that creates, advocates, collaborates and enables accessibility to all media.
AMI-tv is a national English language, open described video, closed captioned, basic digital TV specialty service. AMI-tv offers mainstream TV shows and movies as well as live described events such as the Royal Wedding, the Paralympic Games and Toronto Blue Jays baseball games. You can listen live from any device.
In December 2014, AMI launched its third broadcast service, AMI-tÚlÚ, to serve francophone Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing. AMI-tÚlÚ is the first French language television station to broadcast all content with open described video and closed captioning, and is available with a basic digital package.
Using these three services as a starting point, AMI continues to push the boundaries to find new and innovative ways to provide media accessibility to Canadians.
AMI has spearheaded and partnered in a number of initiatives to make accessible media for all Canadians.
The DV Guide (Described Video TV Guide) is an aggregate list of the DV programming available through most providers across the country.
The AMI-player is the first accessible online media player for broadcast in North America.
The Described Video Best Practices (DVBP) was an industry and community group led initiative to bring congruency to the artistic elements of description.
The AMI Scholarship Program was developed to assist and encourage an understanding of accessibility at the post-secondary level.
The AMI Research Panel brings blind and partially sighted individuals together to help shape the future of accessible media in Canada.
These initiatives drive our understanding of the audience that is utilizing our services. From closed captioning to described video/audio description, Canada has benefitted from a collaborative and supportive regulatory environment in the provision of media accessibility.
(Last updated July 6, 2016. Thanks to Valerie H for the updated links!)