“This page is a digitally archived AccessInfo Announcement”
On September 30, 2016, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice to remind video programming distributors (VPDs), such as broadcasters, cable operators, satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make televised emergency information accessible to persons who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, in order to comply with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules. Under the rules, if the emergency information is shown on television, the information must be made accessible.
This Public Notice also provides information for consumers on obtain more information about the rules, how to file complaints, and how to contact their VPD or the FCC about compliance with the rule.
In addition, this Public Notice offers recommendations on measures that television providers and distributors can take to make their emergency information more accessible to television viewers who have cognitive disabilities.
Links to the Public Notice:
For more information, contact:
Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, CGB, 202-510-9446, e-mail Suzanne.Singleton@fcc.gov, or Elaine Gardner, Disability Rights Office, CGB, 202-418-0581, e-mail Elaine.Gardner@fcc.gov.
For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.