The legal requirements of audio description

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21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Ever since the enactment of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, the FCC makes it a requirement that affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC located in the top 60 TV markets provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about four hours per week) of audio-description for prime time or children’s programming.
In addition, Multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) with 50,000 or more subscribers are required to provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about four hours per week) of audio-description for prime time or children’s programming. This includes USA Network, TNT, TBS, History Channel and Disney Channel.

Rehabilitation Act

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all federal agencies have audio descriptions for videos containing visual information necessary comprehension.
As an example of this, federal agencies such as the U.S. National Park Service have been very proactive in allowing the blind and visually impaired to absorb their content. Their pioneering work even led them to receive an Achievement in Audio Description Award from the American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project in 2012.
While you may not fall into the same legal requirements as those mentioned above, the achievements of the U.S. National Park Service should serve as motivation to incorporate audio descriptions into your own programs (i.e. audio descriptions for the blind). You can feel great about making a positive impact while reaching a wider audience.
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