With talk about Black History Month and the comments of Stacey Dash and anyone who believes serving an disenfranchised population is somehow racist… well I felt the need to share what’s on my mind and give my view of Black History Month. Do you think you know where I fall in the argument? Only one way to find out… Hit Play! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/246221040" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
Dana Marlowe is working to make the world a more accessible place for all people with disabilities. While she focuses on digital, the results have lasting affects off-line. Hear all about her company, Accessibility Partners plus learn about her invigorating way of starting her day that doesn't involve caffeine. What are you waiting for, hit play! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245127192" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
I was planning to write a post on the return of one of my favorite shows, the X-Files. My idea was to either write a post or record an episode of Reid My Mind Radio on the experience. As the days moved closer to this past Sunday January 24 which was the premiere of the new revival, I reflected on how I used to enjoy this television show through most of its time on the air. When the 6 episode series was announced I was excited but automatically reserved my excitement until I could determine if audio description would be included enabling me to fully enjoy and understand the story line. X-files like other shows rely a lot on scenery, facial expressions, visual clues and more. While my wife and I enjoy watching this together as we did years ago, I prefer not to rely on her or anyone for the descriptive information. Well, anyone other than the narrator providing the professionally produced audio description. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the effort; I just don’t want to feel as though I am stopping anyone from fully enjoying their own experience. Once I confirmed that Fox would include audio description I allowed my excitement to take over. I have watched other broadcasts of audio described content on my home television. Most recently my family and I watched the live performance of the Wiz in December on NBC. After waiting for the NFC Championship game coverage to finally wrap up, my wife and I were extremely disappointed when it was clear that the audio described track was not being transmitted via my local cable provider. My original assumption was that the Fox affiliate, FOX-56 WOLF – Hazleton, PA, carried by Blue Ridge Cable, my provider, was not in the top 60 markets. As per the regulation stated by the Federal Communications Commission: “FCC rules require local TV station affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC located in the top 60 TV markets (see list below) to provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours per week) of video-described prime time and/or children's programming. “ Any thought as to who ranks 55? Yep, Hazleton, PA which means FOX 56-WOLF is required to pass the audio description track via SAP. I contacted Blue Ridge to determine what can be done to resolve the problem. My issue has been elevated to the next level support and I am waiting for a response. My hope is that they will be able to resolve the issue. Otherwise I may have to contact WOLF – and let’s hope this one isn’t big or bad! The title of this post, “I want to believe,” is borrowed from the X-Files. While this refers to UFO’s and other paranormal activity, I simply want to believe that a time will come when I don’t have to always be concerned about accessibility. In this case it’s access to the non-spoken content of a television show. Last week the accessibility challenge presented itself in a work related application requiring a CAPTCHA - the graphic that contains a picture of some letters that had to be entered in order to continue with a specific process. I want to believe that tomorrow, I will just have access! And next week I will enjoy the X-Files with audio description. **UPDATE* I received a call from the support representative – there was a technical issue with a receiver… the problem seems to be resolved. I’ll report back after next Monday’s episode!
the Weather Warlock is a musical synthesizer controlled by the weather. It was created by the New Orleans musician QUINTRON and just who is MISS PUSSYCAT? Only one way to find out...listen! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242967174" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /] Resources: Weather for the blind Email: email@example.com
If you’re not familiar with TED Talks by now, you really should head over and give the site a browse. TED is the acronym for Technology Engineering and Design. It features presentations or Talks, from leaders in areas usually focusing on one of the three disciplines. The original TED has spawned other smaller presentations all over the globe. I recently came across a presentation by a father daughter team on the subject of beat boxing. At first glance, I took issue with the presentation for different reasons;