GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

How well are you serving your constituents with disabilities?
Are you aware that citizens with vision loss may legally request Video Description as a “reasonable accommodation?” Video media is being used in increasing amounts to disseminate information about programs and services provided by government agencies large and small. Captioning and Video Description ensures that citizens with sensory disabilities have equal access to this information. 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 constituents with sensory disabilities!

EXAMPLES

"Guadalupe Mountains National Park"

This sample of Audio Eyes description comes from "A History and Tour of Guadalupe Mountains National Park". Come along and experience this ancient ceremony, which is part of the Mescalero Apache puberty rites, where a girl becomes a woman of the tribe.

"Manzanita Spring Tour"

Find out what makes the Guadalupe Mountains National Park unique and experience its beauty as we take you on a tour of the Manzanita Spring trail. Description courtesy of Audio Eyes.

"City of Pasedena Emergency Preparedness"

This sample of description comes from an award winning emergency preparedness video produced for the city of Pasadena. Video Description courtesy of Audio Eyes.

"Smith Springs Tour"

This sample of Audio Eyes description comes from "A History and Tour of Guadalupe Mountains National Park". Find out what makes the Guadalupe Mountains National Park unique and experience its beauty as we take you on a fully described tour of the Smith Springs trail.

REGULATIONS

For Representatives of Municipal, County, State, and Federal agencies compelled to provide access to
video content on websites, at kiosks, or to be otherwise distributed.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The goal of the legislation is to establish new safeguards for disability access to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind as technology changes and the United States migrates to the next generation of Internet-based and digital communication technologies.

Video Description and Closed Captioning. Sec. 203.

This section reinstates the FCC’s modest regulations on video description. It also authorizes the FCC to promulgate additional rules to:
(1) ensure that video description services can be transmitted and provided over digital TV technologies,
(2) require non-visual access to on-screen emergency warnings and similar televised information and
(3) increase the amount of video description required.

Finally, this section adds a definition for video programming to include programming distributed over the Internet to make clear that the existing closed captioning obligations (and future video description obligations) contained in Section 713 apply to video programming that is distributed or re-distributed over the Internet. It tasks the FCC with creating captioning rules for three types of programming:
1) pre-produced programming that was previously captioned for television viewing,
2) live video programming, and programming (first published or exhibited after the effective date of the FCC’s regulations) provided by or generally considered to be comparable to programming provided by multichannel programming distributors.
This section is intended to ensure the continued accessibility of video programming to Americans with disabilities, as this programming migrates to the Internet.

Additionally, Sec 205 addresses programming guides and menus. This section requires multichannel video programming distributors to make their navigational programming guides accessible to people who cannot read the visual display, so that these individuals can make program selections.
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