MEDIA ADVISORY - Accessible Media Inc. receives prestigious FCC Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility
TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced
today that it has been declared the winner of the Annual Chairman's
Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Video Programming Device
Solutions category, as presented by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) in the United States.
The Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility is a FCC project
coordinated by the Commission's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
that recognizes outstanding, innovative products, services,
technologies or practices introduced to the public between July 31,
2011 and July 31, 2012 that were specifically designed to advance
accessibility for people with disabilities.
AMI submitted The Described Video TV Guide (DV Guide) for consideration
and received first place honours. The DV Guide was developed in
conjunction with AMI's Canadian Broadcast partners and the Canadian
Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) Described
Video Working Group to help raise awareness of described video
programming available to Canadians who are blind or with low vision.
The Guide is a comprehensive list of all described programming from
across Canada that is maintained on a daily basis by AMI. The Guide
officially launched on June 1(st), 2012 and is available on the AMI web site (http://www.ami.ca/dvguide) and through a 24-hour bilingual national call centre at no cost to
"This is a tremendous honour for AMI, our Canadian broadcast partners
and the CRTC," explained AMI President and CEO, David Errington. "AMI
is committed to advocating for the needs of our audience and to be
world-leaders in the area of accessibility. It's rewarding to see our
collaborative efforts pay off with this well-deserved accolade."
AMI surpassed forty-five other entries and was one of a small contingent
of non-American submissions to be considered for the award. While the
nomination was Canadian in origin, the FCC felt that it should be
considered for the awards as the Described Video Guide is the
first-ever example of a daily, comprehensive list of described
AMI President and CEO, David Errington and Director, Accessible Digital
Media, Robert Pearson will accept the award at a formal presentation at
the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 19(th).
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About Accessible Media Inc.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization
operating two broadcast services, AMI-TV, AMI-audio, and a web site,AMI.ca. AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind or with low
vision, deaf or hard of hearing, learning disabled, mobility or print
restricted, or learning English as a second language by making print,
broadcast and online media accessible.
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