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You're Invited!—ACB+AFB Teleseminar on Described TV, What's On, How-Tos, and What's Next, July 24, 7pm Eastern!

An American Foundation for the Blind-Sponsored Teleseminar with the American Council of the Blind
Wednesday evening, July 24, 2013, at 7pm Eastern


For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833
MRichert@afb.net


As of July 1, 2012, America's top national broadcast and cable networks are each required by law to provide at least 50 hours per calendar quarter, approximately four hours per week, of prime time or children's television programming that is described for people with vision loss. But how well are they doing to make this fun and informative means of making TV more accessible a reality?

On Wednesday Evening, July 24, at 7:00 p.m., Eastern, join in a lively discussion about the past, present and future of described television. Learn about what programs are being described and where to go to find described TV listings. Get practical tips on how to turn described TV on and who to talk to when you have trouble getting description to work. Hear results of a national survey of viewers with vision loss to find out what the most popular described programs are and which ones people with vision loss would love to see described. Weigh in with your own favorite programs and personal experiences both successfully and unsuccessfully trying to access described TV. And learn what the future holds for description and how you can help to bring it about.

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
First Vice President, American Council of the Blind

and

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.

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:

1-866-939-3921

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.

We hope you will join us and encourage you to share this announcement far and wide!

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