ACB Audio Description Project
Mini-Conference AD Workshop
July 9, 2019
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Tuesday, July 9, 2:45-5:45 PM – Convention Center, Lilac South
Opening Remarks: Eric Bridges, Executive Director, ACB;
Kim Charlson, President, ACB
Session 1: 2:45- 4:00 PM
Audio Description Accessibility and Technology; Open Forum with Representatives from Major Providers and Streaming Services
Moderator: Joel Snyder, Ph.D., Director, ADP
Panelists: Mark Balsano (Charter/Spectrum), Tom Wlodkowski (Comcast), Zach Bastian (Verizon), and John Herzog (AT&T) will discuss accessible set-top boxes--what's available, current issues and accomplishments (what's working and what needs improvement). Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director, will share updates from other major providers. Peter Korn (Amazon) will discuss developments at Amazon; Sarah Herrlinger (Apple) will discuss access features offered at Apple.
Session 2: 4:15- 5:45 PM
Audio Description Advocacy
Panel #1: Legislative Advocacy 4:15 – 5:00 pm
Moderator: Clark Rachfal, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
Panelists: Kim Charlson, President, ACB will focus her remarks developments with Hulu and HBO; Tony Stephens, Executive Director, Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA) will review various AD advocacy initiatives; Larry Walke, National Association of Broadcasters, will discuss NAB’s involvement with making emergency information accessible; Will Schell, FCC, will update information on FCC rules regarding video description; and Carl Richardson, Chair of ADP's media sub-committee, will provide information about the FCC’s working group on AD information for broadcast television.
Panel #2: Promoting AD in National Parks, Performing Arts Venues, Museums, and Educational Settings 5:00 – 5:45 PM
Moderator: Denise Decker, Chair, ADP Performing Arts/Museums subcommittee
Panelists: Thomas Conway, UniDescription project of the University of Hawaii—Making National Park Service Brochures Accessible; Rick Morin, Gala Pro/Shubert Theaters; Susan Glass, Chair of ADP's BADIE sub-committee, with an update on the Benefits of Audio Description in Education contest and the announcement of Xander Holstein, 2019 Grand Prize Award winner); and Kim Charlson, ACB President and Director of Perkins Institute Library, with the latest news on the ACVREP AD Certification effort.