On March 6, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced the 5 non-broadcast networks which will have to begin offering a minimum of 4 hours of video described programming per week (about 50 hours per calendar quarter) of prime time or children’s programming beginning on July 1, 2015. These networks include the Disney Channel, the History Channel, TBS, TNT and USA. In addition, the FCC has reminded ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC that, as of July 1, 2015 they will have to expand their video description from the top 25 markets to the top 60 markets in the nation.
ESPN has filed for, and has been granted, an exception to the video description rule because most of their programming is live, not pre-taped.
Chad Norton is a man with a mission. His efforts to beautify the city and enrich the community through the development of Webster’s Pond, off of Valley Drive, has led to an outpouring of community support.
So far he turned what should have been a five year plan into an 8 month project that built a fully accessible trail around the pond so people in wheelchairs could enjoy the entire grounds. He did this by engaging the help of Saunders Concrete and Covanta Energy along with other generous donors. Read More
Major Victory for People with Disabilities and Their Families
(Editor’s Note: This article comes to us from the National Disability Institute.)
On Dec. 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life. Read More
Bureau of Engraving and Printing Launches Phase 2 of Money Reader Distribution Program by Melanie Brunson
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. government will make free money identifiers available to any citizen of the U.S. who cannot read regular print because of blindness or a visual impairment and who completes a required application. The good news about this program is that eligibility is no longer limited to individuals who are current patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Any citizen of the United States who meets the eligibility requirements related to reading can apply. It is unclear at the time of this writing whether non-citizens who are legal residents of the U.S. are also eligible, but until we are advised otherwise, we urge anyone who falls into this category to apply. Read More
A huge thank you goes out to the Baldwinsville Lion’s Club for hosting a Wine Tasting Fundraising Event at the Lakeland Winery recently that resulted in a donation of $420.00 to AURORA of CNY! We value our partnership with Lion’s Clubs from across the region that share our mission of serving people with vision or hearing loss. If you are interested in learning more about the fun and philanthropic work of the Baldwinsville Lion’s contact 638-3328.