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Audio description on DVD

Audio described DVDs can be found at any local rental store or DVD retailer. If a distributor releases audio description on a title, every single copy of that title should have the access feature.

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US House of Representatives passes landmark media access bill


The US House of Representatives today passed S. 3304, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and its technical corrections bill. 

 The bill was passed by a voice vote, which represents bipartisan support by both parties. 

The American Council of the Blind (ACB), as a steering committee member of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), has expressed its sincere appreciation for the tireless advocacy that Representative Ed Markey and Senator Mark Pryor demonstrated through the process.

Among the bill’s provisions are the following requirements:

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Access and audience development reports released on Australian arts


Arts Access Australia has commissioned two reports on access and audience development in museums, galleries and the performing arts. The reports aim to assess what is currently being done, and what needs to be done, to increase access to the arts, highlighting the shared responsibility for access from all stakeholders involved in the Australian arts.

Some of the reports’ recommendations include:

  • That all funding authorities collaborate and share information and processes to ensure consistent and comparable collection and reporting of data about the participation and attendance of people with disabilities in the arts.

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Region 1 catching up on DVD access


As often reported, the UK and more recently Australia lead the world in audio described DVDs. In January statistics, audio described new release rental titles in Australia reached 24%, which is comparable to UK levels. 

Set to join us in the foreseeable future is Region 1, which consists of Canada, the USA and USA territories. Historically, Region 1 has been lucky to receive five audio described releases per year. But as a reaction to consistent consumer demand, some major DVD distributors have committed to releasing their audio described theatrical releases to DVD with the description soundtrack included. In 2009, 10 titles were release with audio description, mostly towards the end of the year. 2010 will undoubtedly break records for Region 1 audio described DVD fans. 

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