EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

How well are you serving students with sensory disabilities?

Are you aware students with vision loss may legally request video description as a “reasonable accommodation”? The use of video media in classrooms increases dramatically every year. Captioning and description have now been shown to benefit students with cognitive disabilities and language challenges as well. State and federal law continues to expand legal mandates for media accessibility to accommodate the 17% of Americans who have disabilities which include more than 21 million with vision loss. Contact the accessibility experts at Audio Eyes LLC to learn how to serve students with sensory disabilities!

EXAMPLES

"FLOW: For Love of Water"

A sample of Video Description from Irena Salina's eye opening documentary "Flow: For Love of Water".

Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. "Flow" confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. Video Description courtesy of Audio Eyes

"Underwater Nights"

A sample of video description from New Dimension Media's "Underwater Nights."
The mysteries of ocean ecology are evident in the annual spawning of coral, the molting of lobsters, the feeding habits of sharks and the deadly attacks of squid. Live-action footage captures opalescent squid as they lay their eggs then die in vast numbers. These are the creatures that come out when twilight falls. Description courtesy of Audio Eyes.

"Food Inc."

This sample of description comes from "Food, Inc." the 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. Video Description courtesy of Audio Eyes.

REGULATIONS

For K-12 schools and Universities seeking to provide compliant services for
students with disabilities under the law (504/508 & ADA.)

How well are you serving students with sensory disabilities?
Are you aware that students with vision loss may legally request video description as a “reasonable accommodation”?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Specifically, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) is a civil rights statute that provides: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States … shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance …”
Recipients of Federal financial assistance include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Some students are further protected by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), also a component of ED. OSERS administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a statute which funds special education programs. IDEA is a grant statute and attaches many specific conditions to the receipt of Federal IDEA funds. Contact the accessibility experts at Audio Eyes LLC to learn how to serve students with sensory disabilities!