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EXAMPLES

"The Way Bobby Sees It"

This sample of video description comes from the documentary "The Way Bobby Sees It" by Poison Oak Productions. It features a blind mountain biker who races competitively despite his disability. Video Description courtesy of Audio Eyes

"The Movement"

The following sample is from Robert Bedford and Warren Miller's documentary, titled"The Movement." This 40-minute documentary has premiered at Sundance 2012 and at least eight other international film festivals. It tells the inspiring true story of one man's return to the mountain where his life changed forever. Video Description courtesy of Audio Eyes. Visit MakeAHero.org

"Further Than The Eye Can See"

This sample of description comes from Serac Adventure Film's documentary "Farther Than The Eye Can See". It shows us an intimate look inside one of the most successful Mount Everest expeditions ever. This award-winning film beautifully captures the emotion, humor and drama of blind climber Erik Weihenmayer's historic ascent as well as four other remarkable 'firsts' on Mount Everest. Video Description courtsey of Audio Eyes.

"Mountains Without Barriers"

The following sample video documents the extraordinary people and revolutionary technologies at "No Barriers Dolomite 2005," a festival held in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. Created by Serac Adventure Films. Video Description courtesy of Audio Eyes.

REGULATIONS

There are many regulations that mandate video description as a "reasonable accommodation" in education, government services, broadcast television, and other fields. Some of these regulations originate in legislation that includes the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990 (ADA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act 1975, and various Department of Justice (DOJ) Rules. Video Programming is specifically addressed in the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act (2008). Section 713 of the act addresses requirements of video programming that is distributed or re-distributed over the Internet. Additional proposed rules are being considered by the DOJ for movie cinemas and media distributed via mobile devices. In virtually all cases, it seems regulatory measures would have been unnecessary had media producers and distributors voluntarily provided equal access.