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3 Described TV Items: a Call to Make, a Survey to Take, the Future to Shape!

Your Attention Please!
Three Described TV Items Have Your Name on Them:
Upcoming Teleseminar, Survey to Take, Comments to Share with the FCC!

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833

Upcoming Described TV Teleseminar

A reminder that on Wednesday evening, July 24, at 7:00 p.m., Eastern, you are invited to participate in a teleseminar concerning the current and future delivery of described television. This 90-minute, free conference call, sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind as a public service to the vision loss community, will feature two long-time champions of described TV

Kim Charlson
President, American Council of the Blind


Paul W. Schroeder
Vice President, Programs and Policy, American Foundation for the Blind

who will share their expertise with you and invite you to join in an interactive conversation with them to help all of us better understand how to fully enjoy described TV , to trouble-shoot problems, and to make our voices heard as we advocate for more described programming on TV and online.

To join the discussion on Wednesday evening, July 24, at 7:00 p.m., Eastern, call the following toll-free number approximately ten minutes prior to the beginning of the call:


Tell the operator that you are joining the American Foundation for the Blind-sponsored conference call on described TV. The call will also be recorded and made available afterwards via ACB's and AFB's websites.

A Described TV Survey to Take

A reminder that you still have time to participate in an online survey about your experiences with described TV. What described programs are your favorites? Which programs do you wish were described? How well are you able to turn description on and learn about which programs include description? Your survey responses will help all of us make the ongoing case for the need for description and the mandate for expanded program offerings. Your participation will also help us help the TV programming industry be better responsive to consumers' biggest challenges to the enjoyment of described TV. To take the survey, visit:

Comments to Share with the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a public notice asking for information about description for programs shown on television and for television programs delivered on the Internet. This inquiry about video description is required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The CVAA also requires the FCC to report to Congress about the results of this inquiry. Specifically, the FCC wants information about the availability, use, and benefits of video description on television programs; the technical and creative issues associated with providing video description; and the financial costs of providing video description for television program owners and providers. The FCC also wants information about the technical and operational issues, costs, and benefits of providing description for Internet-delivered television programs.

Advocates are strongly encouraged to offer comment in response to this request. The FCC will make use of these and other comments to give Congress an assessment of the current requirement to provide description that major national broadcaster and cable providers must meet, and the FCC will also base any further exercise of authority to require additional description beyond what is currently required in part on such comments.

Comment Due Date: September 4, 2013
Reply Comment Due Date: October 2, 2013

To learn how to offer comments and read the Commission's request, visit:

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