On March 17, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a virtual event, the Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Audio Description (Forum) scheduled for March 28, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm ET.  The Forum will explore the state of audio description availability for online video programming, including best practices and technical issues. The Forum also will explore how to enhance accessibility, such as voluntary actions to promote online audio description.

This is a public event and will be captioned and sign language interpreted via www.fcc.gov/live.  Additional reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request by emailing FCC504@fcc.gov or calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) at 202-418-0530 (voice).

The public and interested stakeholders will be able to engage in this discussion by sending questions during the event to livequestions@fcc.gov.  An agenda and more materials will be available on the events page.

Event Link to the Forum:
URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2022/03/video-programming-accessibility-forum-online-audio-description

Public Notice:
URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-second-video-programming-accessibility-forum
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-287A1.docx
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-287A1.pdf
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-287A1.txt

General information about the FCC’s audio description requirements is available at https://www.fcc.gov/audio-description.  For specific questions, please contact Joshua Mendelsohn, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, CGB, FCC, at joshua.mendelsohn@fcc.gov or Diana Sokolow, Attorney Advisor, Policy Division, Media Bureau, FCC, at diana.sokolow@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Thursday, March 17, 2022