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News from the Federal Communications Commission for Persons with Disabilities

July 30, 2012

Recent News from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Persons with Disabilities

News source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC published a new Consumer Guide that provides a description and summary of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). The Consumer Guide for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program is available online in two versions:

HTML – http://www.fcc.gov/guides/national-deaf-blind-equipment-distribution-program | PDF – http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/NDBEDP.pdf (3 pages, 172 KB)

FCC Encyclopedia Page on Video Description
Web: http://fcc.us/videodescription
Resources and links for consumers, including what the video description is, the FCC regulations, and how to file a complaint.

FCC Public Service Announcement (PSA) on video description
The FCC prepared a public service announcement (PSA) on video description, in order to help the general public learn about this new service available through the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The 60-second PSA is an audio file in MP3 format located at http://transition.fcc.gov/files/audio/video-description-psa.mp3 (MP3 file)

Transcript of the FCC public service announcement (PSA) on video description:
As of July 2012, nine major television networks are making some prime-time and children’s programs more accessible to persons with impaired eyesight. For about four hours a week, the networks will be providing video description: an audible narration of a program's key visual elements, inserted in natural pauses of the dialog. The description may be accessed by a television's secondary audio feature, which might be labeled SAP or Spanish -- since the feature is sometimes used for a language translation.

To learn about described programs shown in your area, contact your cable or satellite television provider, or your local ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC station. To learn about your equipment's secondary audio feature, contact the vendor or manufacturer.

The Federal Communications Commission's information on video description is available at www.fcc.gov, or by calling 1-888-225-5322.


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