Macular Disease Foundation Australia has welcomed news that funding will be provided to help blind and vision impaired people to access audio descriptions on ABC and SBS television.
The Australian government has announced that it will provide the ABC and SBS with $2m each to introduce audio description services.
Audio description is a verbal commentary that complements the soundtrack of a television program so people with vision impairment can better experience television programs. It’s already available for selected programs on streaming services such as Netflix and Stan.
MDFA CEO Dee Hopkins said it was exciting news for the macular disease community, many of whom struggle to watch television because of loss of central vision.
The ABC has previously trialled two different delivery methods – via its catch-up service and on broadcast television.
The government says, as a result of this funding, the national broadcasters are expected to begin offering audio description services to audiences by 1 July 2020.
Read the full press release 'Television audio description for blind and vision impaired Australians'.