[Nfbmo] interesting items from blindbargains.com

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 17 12:20:34 UTC 2013

I was an NFB representative to Comcast last month as an advisor in
Philadelphia. What they are doing is quite impressive. 

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From: Nfbmo [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Fred Olver
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Subject: [Nfbmo] interesting items from blindbargains.com

3. Comcast is Working On Making Television More Accessible Contrary to what
many may think, watching TV is something that many blind people enjoy. At
this point though, getting access to the program guide, or something like On
Demand from Comcast is pretty much impossible. There are even more hours of
audio described programming available then ever before, but in order to turn
on that feature you have to go through a set of visual menus. Comcast has
decided to address this problem, and they demonstrated their first talking
cable TV interface today. According to an article from Comcast, "The ability
to navigate the program guide as the interface speaks channel names and
numbers, time slots, and program details empowers customers to explore all
that Xfinity TV has to offer." The interface will even have a button on the
remote that will turn on descriptive audio if it's available. The design is
still a prototype, but Comcast hopes to have it available in the near

4. AFB Asks you to Call on your Member's of Congress to Help Pass the Macy
Act of 2013 
Education has continued to improve for children with disabilities, but there
is still more that we can do. The American Foundation for the Blind is
working on passing a bill that would increase accountability for special
education programs that serve the visually impaired and provide better
training for teachers that work with visually impaired students. AFB is
naming June 27th Macy Day, and on that day they ask that you contact your
members of congress to ask for their support. The link provided will take
you to a page where you can sign a petition, access your congressmen's phone
numbers, and even tweet your support. 
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