“Audio description, also referred to as a video description, described video, or more precisely called a visual description, is an additional narration track intended primarily for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media (including television and film, dance, opera, and visual art). It consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is happening on the screen or stage during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary.” – Wikipedia
The addition of this requirement to the Section 508 Refresh will make many folks scramble to meet this accessibility guideline. To help with the conversation, 3 Play Media offered this webinar, Introduction to Audio Description on May 4th and it is now available in archive format – Here is the link to the archive of the webinar, Introduction to Audio Description…
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From the US Access Board…
U.S. Access Board Amends Effective Date of ICT Final Rule
The U.S. Access Board is postponing by one day the effective date of its final rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act which was published on January 18. This action is being taken in response to a White House memorandum that directs federal agencies to delay for 60 days the effective date of recently published rules that, as of the date of the memorandum (January 20), had not yet taken effect. In keeping with this White House memorandum, the Access Board has postponed the effective date of the ICT final rule until March 21. This amounts to a one-day delay in the effective date of the rule relative to its originally-published effective date (March 20), as indicated in a notice the Access Board published in today’s Federal Register.
The postponed effective date does not change the scoping or technical requirements in the updated 508 Standards or 255 Guidelines. Nor does it alter compliance dates of the rule. Compliance with the updated Section 508 Standards is not required until January 18, 2018 or, in the case of ICT procurements, dates to be established by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council. The compliance date for the Section 255 Guidelines will be set by Federal Communications Commission when it adopts the guidelines.
Further information on the ICT rule is available on the Board’s website.