[tabi] Re: Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 08:15:38 -0400

Gw worked with Lexmark to make the software that controls the printer 
accessible for such things as making copies scanning ink levels ect.  I have 
one of the 805 pro series.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Allison and Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2012 4:08 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description


  I don't know about this - do tell ... special software for controlling the 
printer, or do you mean the normal printer driver software?



    From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Easy Talk
    Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2012 2:59 PM
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [tabi] Re: Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description

    Yeah, but if you had gotten a Lexmark, and install the software you 
wouldn't have any problems since you use Window-Eyes.


      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Allison and Chip Orange 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2012 1:28 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Re: Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description

      You are so right ... inaccessible electronics is a bigger problem than tv 
shows without descriptions!

      We just bought a new printer for the house, and like all of them it's got 
a totally electronic touch screen for controlling it, which is completely 
inaccessible to a blind person.

      We don't have anyone equivalent to the FCC whom we can complain to about 
all things with electronics.


        From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Lynn Evans
        Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2012 11:52 AM
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [tabi] Re: Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description

        now if only I could find the SAP setting on my big screen TB.

        Sent from my iPad

        On Jun 16, 2012, at 10:09 AM, "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

          This is what all our hard work has resulted in. For those like me, 
who sometimes just get TIRED, this is proof that we need to keep on keeping 
          Thanks Niecy, for sharing! Sila 
            ----- Original Message ----- 
            From: Denyece Roberts MSW 
            To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
            Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 4:39 PM
            Subject: [tabi] Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description

            Subject: [Njtechdiv] Audio Description

            Beginning July 1, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, plus the 
            top five cable networks will begin providing 
            audio descriptions of some of their programming 
            for blind or sight-impaired viewers. The shows to 
            be described range from ABC's Modern Family to 
            CBS's NCIS to Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to USA's Royal Pains.

            For now, stations in the top 25 markets and cable 
            systems with 50,000 or more subs will be required 
            to offer about four hours a week of the new 
            service. The number of stations and hours will gradually increase.

            Starting July 1, the country's 21.5 million 
            visually impaired people will be able to enjoy TV more than ever 

            On that day, the Big Four broadcast networks and 
            the top five-rated cable networks will begin 
            offering four hours a week of so-called video 
            descriptions that clue in blind and partially 
            sighted viewers on what's going on when the 
            characters aren't talking. The descriptions, 
            audible only to viewers who want them to be 
            audible, are squeezed in between the dialog.

            Video descriptions have been part of 
            broadcasting, cable, home video, but never to the 
            extent on TV as they will be beginning next month.

            It's not altruism driving the surge in 
            descriptions. They were mandated by Congress in 
            the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

            According to the FCC's implementing rules, the 
            Big Four O&Os and affiliates in the top 25 
            markets will have to air 50 hours each quarter ­ 
            or roughly four hours a week ­ of described programming.

            Cable and satellite systems with at least 50,000 
            subscribers have to offer the same amount of 
            described programming for the top five-rated 
            cable networks ­ currently Disney, Nickelodeon, TBS, TNT and USA.

            And with just weeks to go before the deadline, 
            the described programming plans of nine affected networks are 
shaping up.

            ABC's plan is to provide descriptions on some of 
            its Tuesday and Wednesday shows. This summer, 
            those shows include sitcoms Last Man Standing, 
            The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy 
            Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.

            In the fall, ABC will likely include most of 
            those shows and new sitcom The Neighbors and new drama Nashville.

            CBS has been providing audio descriptions for 
            several programs since 2002. The lineup is CSI, 
            Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, plus movies and miniseries.

            NBC has broadcast a slew of shows with 
            descriptions, including the Betty White reality 
            show Off Their Rockers, drama Grimm and the 
            summer series Saving Hope. Described sitcoms 
            include The Office, Up All Night and Parks and Recreation.

            At Fox, The Simpsons has been audio described for 
            several years. Beyond the animated sitcom, Fox 
            isn't prepared to say what it would be offering.

            Disney Channel's described shows will include hit 
            sitcoms Jessie, A.N.T. Farm and the animated Phineas and Ferb.

            Nickelodeon will offer descriptions for some of 
            its biggest hits, like the long-running animated 
            Dora the Explorer and preschool educational show Team Umizoomi.

            Turner Broadcasting will have described movies as 
            well as TV series. Among the series: TNT's The 
            Closer and TBS's Tyler Perry comedies House of Payne and For Better 
or Worse.

            USA's described programs will include off-network 
            shows NCIS and Law & Order: SVU, plus originals like Royal Pains 
and Suits.

            "My hope is that more and more networks will 
            embrace these accessibility initiatives," says 
            Joel Snyder, president of Audio Description 
            Associates. He serves as director of the American 
            Council of the Blind's audio description project and is an adviser 
to the FCC.

            "If they do it right, they'll find ways to make 
            money from it. If they make their shows 
            accessible to these folks, there is a bigger 
            market for advertisers to sell their products."

            For the most part, video-described programs won't 
            include live shows or news. The networks, which 
            are providing most of this content to their 
            affiliates, need time to write description scripts for voice 
artists to record.

            "It takes longer to get that done than closed 
            captioning," says one network executive. "It also 
            requires us to look at how our post-production 
            schedules are set up. We have to work very 
            closely with the folks at the post-production 
            houses to make sure we get the programming to our 
            vendors with sufficient time to get the video description correct."

            Producing the descriptions costs between $2,000 to $4,000 per hour.

            The networks and some associations for the blind 
            are helping to ensure that people with vision 
            problems know that descriptions are coming.

            "It's great for the networks to comply, but 
            what's more important is getting the information 
            out to folks," says Helena Berger, EVP-COO of the 
            American Association of People with Disabilities. 
            She is also a member of Comcast-NBCUniversal's joint diversity 

            "What we can do on our end at AAPD is to use our 
            communication channels, like our newsletter, our 
            website and social media to get the word out to the community."

            Some of the networks are creating logos and audio 
            tones so that people with vision problems know 
            when a program has audio descriptions. So far, 
            there isn't an industry standard.

            And TV listing providers like Tribune Media 
            Services will provide data to programming 
            services to let them know if a program is 
            audio-described. Then, it's up to individual 
            cable systems to add symbols or sounds to their on-screen listings.

            These described programs are the culmination of a 
            12-year battle by the FCC and groups such as the 
            Audio Description Institute. They thought they 
            had won the battle in 2000 when the FCC adopted 
            rules similar to the 2010 act, but a court agreed 
            with broadcasters that the agency had overstepped its authority.

            Now backed by law, the new FCC rules gradually 
            expand the description obligations to other TV 
            stations. By July 1, 2015, major network 
            affiliates in the top 60 markets will have to 
            broadcast the descriptions. The FCC may require 
            additional stations to air descriptions at a rate 
            of 10 markets a year if it deems the cost is reasonable.

            According to broadcasters, it costs stations 
            anywhere from $10,000 and $25,000 to install the 
            gear necessary to handle the extra audio channel.

            Just because someone has a disability doesn't 
            mean they don't want to be included in life," 
            says Debra Ruh, chief marketing officer at SSB 
            Bart Group, a firm that helps companies make 
            their computer services and websites fully 
            compliant and accessible to people with 
            disabilities. "Part of participating in life is 
            being able to experience television. TV is a very 
            important part of our culture."

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