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FCC Reminds Video Programming Distributors About Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible on Television

On September 10, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice reminding video programming distributors (VPDs) such as broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make emergency information accessible to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired in accordance with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules.  Under the rules, if the emergency information is shown on television, the information must be made accessible. Read More

A huge thank you goes out to all of the players, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who helped make our 18th Annual ForeSIGHT Golf Classic a success!  Golfers enjoyed magnificent weather for the day at the Links at Erie Village that ended with a delicious meal and inspirational message from Monica Johnson and Honorary Chair Mr. Paul Drescher.  Master of Ceremonies Doug Logan kept us entertained with Team Blue Ocean Strategic Capital repeating their first place finish again this year. Read More

If you enjoy going to a live performance play but are frustrated because you can’t see or hear what’s going on, then this is for you.  Since 2011, Syracuse Stage has been making it’s plays accessible to people with disabilities.  During the run of each play, at least one performance is interpreted by a qualified interpreter, offers CART (Computer Assisted Real Time Captioning), and audio description.  In addition, Syracuse Stage provides an FM system or loop for people who are hard-of-hearing and wheelchair accessible seating. Read More

According to the Regal Cinemas Group, which owns and operates theaters at Destiny USA, Great Northern Mall and Shoppingtown, all three locations now have both closed captioning and descriptive video for guests who have hearing or vision loss.

Closed captioning is provided right in front of your seat so it doesn’t distract other movie goers and descriptive video is provided through a headset.  Closed captioning shows you in real time what is being said during the movie.  Descriptive video, which is somewhat newer, provides an individual with a visual impairment with information on the non-verbal action throughout the movie.  This includes description of the scenes, costumes, facial expressions, and body language.  This information is provided between natural pauses in the conversation on-screen so you don’t miss anything.  Read More

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules requiring text messaging providers to allow Americans to send a text to 911 to get help during an emergency. The rules ensure that all wireless carriers and text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014. Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech disability.  For more information: