Resolution 2015-14
Whereas, over the past several years, audio description has been provided for movies in theaters but has not, for the most part, been available on DVDs; and
Whereas, some television series have been described but audio description is only currently available in certain major markets; and
Whereas, even in those markets, audio description is not available because cable and satellite companies have not provided an accessible interface that allows people who are blind to access described content; and
Whereas, in the past, no audio description has been available through Internet providers of movies and television content; and
Whereas, accessing streamed programs through the Internet constitutes the most economical way to gain access to movies and television programming; and
Whereas, Netflix is by far the largest Internet provider of such streamed content; and
Whereas, in February of 2015, Netflix made audio description available for a limited number of television series and movies; and
Whereas, Netflix intends to dramatically increase its available described content;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 10th day of July, 2015, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, that this organization commend Netflix for being the first Internet content provider to incorporate the availability of audio description into its system; and
Be it further resolved that this organization also applaud Netflix for their continuing effort to increase the range and number of audio-described programs available through their web site; and
Be it further resolved that this organization hopes that the pioneering efforts of Netflix will persuade other Internet providers to follow Netflix’s example so that people who are blind or have low vision can fully experience movies and television programs with their families and friends.
Ray Campbell, Secretary