Audio Description and the NEA
Resolution 2015-02
 
Whereas, audio description is now mandated in a variety of settings by federal and state laws; and
 
Whereas, the National Endowment for the Arts is responsible for disbursing a range of grants at the state and local level; and
 
Whereas, the National Endowment for the Arts has a 504 coordinator and requires each state arts agency receiving grants to appoint someone to a similar position; and
 
Whereas, it does not appear as if audio description is currently being actively promoted through National Endowment for the Arts or state arts agency awards;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2015, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, that this organization hereby request that the National Endowment for the Arts actively include audio description as an inherent requirement, as appropriate, for all state arts agency grants; and
 
Be it further resolved that ACB urge the National Endowment for the Arts to consider creating a national registry of sites where audio description is available so that individuals and organizations could be aware of where accessible museums, parks, media and theaters can be found throughout the country; and
 
Be it further resolved that the Audio Description Project Committee of the American Council of the Blind is directed to work collaboratively with the National Endowment for the Arts to implement the proposals in this resolution.
 
Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary