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can you find television programs for people with disabilities
or videotapes for people who are blind? An online directory of
periodicals and other media dealing with disabilities? A list
of films that featured characters with disabling conditions?
Check out these sites.
- ACB Radio [added 10/8/01]
- Owned and
operated by the American Council of the Blind, ACB Radio is a
webcasting service that offers four Internet radio stations which
can be received using a variety popular and free Internet audio
players. They include ACB Radio Mainstream, which features programs
on technology, a blindness talk show, and other national and
international programs; ACB Radio Interactive, which features
blind radio personalities hosting music shows from around the
globe; and the ACB Radio Cafe, which hosts blind musicians from
around the world.
itself as "The First Global TV Network for people with disabilities...
Powered by Accessibility...via the Web," this site is categorized
by type of disability and features pertinent online videos. (The
free RealG2 Player is required to watch them.) The last time
we checked (August 2001), there were only one or two videos altogether,
and the site did not appear to be regularly updated. The Events &
Conference section, however, had some excellent and fairly
timely clips, such as John Hockenberry speaking at the CSUN Conference,
and President Bush talking about the New Freedom Initiative.
to Multimedia Technology by People with Sensory Disabilities
- This report
from the National Council on Disability provides an overview
of multimedia access barriers and solutions, including recommended
public policy interventions.
- Accessing Entertainment
- An excellent
overview of media access, this part of the Infinitec website
features information and links relating to all aspects of media
access. The television
page covers FCC regulations, closed-caption television, large
screen television, descriptive narration TV, and closed-circuit
television. Separate sections deal with theater, movies, television,
ADA guidelines, and accessible stadiums. The movies
page covers assistive listening devices, open-captioned motion
pictures, the Motion Picture Access Project, Captioned Media
Program, and more. Other pages include theater, ADA guidelines,
accessible stadiums, and foreign films.
- AEJMC Media
& Disability Interest Group
- Part of
the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,
this group promotes academic research, outreach and access relating
to disability issues and mass media. Its website includes a good
list of video suggestions for mass communication courses and
lists of related research papers and panel discussions.
Note: When we last checked in August 2001, many of the links
were not working. This link may be removed from our website.]
- Albinism in Popular
- A fascinating
look at albinism in art, fiction, film, and fashion.
- Autism in the Movies
- This page
from the Center for the Study of Autism lists movies that were
released in the cinemas, and later on videocassette.
- BLINDSPOTS: Movie Reviews
for Visually Impaired People
- The author
of this personal home page reviews and rates popular movies in
terms of the ease in which individuals who are blind can follow
them. This is a unique resources; however, users should bear
in mind that the reviews are subjective and undated.
- CPB/WGBJ National Center for Accessible
- NCAM is
"a research and development facility that works to make
media accessible to underserved populations such as disabled
persons, minority-language users, and people with low literacy
skills." NCAM's website describes its current projects,
such as Access to Convergent Media Project, DTV Access Project,
Web Accessibility Projects, CD-ROM Access Project, Motion Picture
Access Project, Education Projects, and SALT Project.
- Descriptive Video
- The "home"
of descriptive video for people who are blind or visually impaired,
this section of the WGBH website offers information about descriptive
video, a schedule of programs broadcast with description, a catalog
of videotapes available with narration, samples to see and hear,
a quarterly newsletter, and much more.
and Videos on Disabilities
- A filmography
from the University of Michigan.
- Films Involving Disabilities
- An extensive
list of over 2,500 films, arranged by disability. Each entry
includes production information and a description.
with Special Needs in Film (Curry School of Education)
- A selected,
annotated list of recent films portraying individuals with disabilities.
everything you ever wanted to know about amateur radio and people
- Kaleidoscope Television [link not working
about this 24-hour cable television network featuring audio described
and open captioned programs relating to disabilities. The site
includes information about shows, schedules, specials, channels,
and Kaleidoscope "Live!" on the Web.
- The Library Media Project
- An outgrowth
of the MacArthur Foundation Library Video Project, the Library
Media Project assists in the development of video collection
in public libraries, with a focus on public access to the Independent
film and video community. This website describes videos on health
and aging recommended by the project.
- Mass Media
& Disability Links
- This personal
home page by B. Haller offers a good collection of links to book
publishers, films and broadcasts, international sources, news,
organizational publications, research groups, web accessibility,
and web publications.
- Movies of Interest [link not working
- This section
of a personal home page on mental retardation and developmental
disabilities features nicely annotated listings of movies involving
mental retardation, mental health, institutionalization, and
disabilities. A visit is guaranteed to inspire a trip to the
local video store!
- National Center on Disability and
- The mission
of this new organization is "to improve the fairness, accuracy
and diversity of news reporting on disability.... by developing
tools to help journalists and educators examine the complexity
of disability issues from differing perspectives." As of
this writing, its website didn't offer much in the way of tools
besides the first issue of its newsletter. Hopefully, this is
a site to keep an eye on.
- Turner Classic Movies
- Over 250
Turner Classic Movies are available with closed-captions (cc)
for people with hearing impairments, and more than 50 contain
DVS audio descriptions for people with visual impairments. Icons
on the schedule will help guide you.
- TV Acres:
- This is
a unique and extensive guide to television characters with disabilities
throughout TV history. It is subdivided by disability, and each
section includes descriptions of TV characters with that disability
and the roles they played. Disability advocates may be offended
by the author's terminology and character descriptions, not to
mention the fact that most of these characters were played by
- Disability Culture
- Resources in your state
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