Fifi Descriptive
Video
What is Descriptive Video?
Descriptive video or DV is a narrative track for the blind and
visually impaired viewers of visual media.  It provides a voice-over
description of a program's key visual elements with narration that
is inserted during natural pauses in the dialogue.  The narrator
talks through the presentation, describing what is happening on
the screen.  Descriptive video is the counterpart to closed
captioning for the deaf.

In Canada, the CRTC requires networks to provide a percentage
of television programs to feature described video.   

In the United States, the FCC is poised to require TV stations to
provide video descriptions on prime time programming.  On
October 8, 2010, President Obama signed the 21st Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act.  The legislation
requires smart phones, television programs and other
communications technologies to be accessible to people with
vision or hearing loss.  The signing marked one of the most
significant victories for the disability community since the
Americans with Disabilities Act was signed twenty years ago.
(info courtesy of Perkins School for the Blind, MA.)

As well, the requirement of a descriptive video track is being
phased-in in other countries around the world.
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