Genesis of the CVAA
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The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which became law last October, reinstated audio description (called video description in the US) quotas for television. The FCC is currently establishing a timetable and rules for the service.
With the signing of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act by President Obama last October, the United States will soon see a significant increase in audio description on television.
The institute, which is run by the Audio Description Project, offers a range of interactive sessions covering the history and theory of audio description, and is aimed at new audio describers and experienced describers who wish to refresh their skills.
The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, a comprehensive set of proposals to make electronic and online media accessible, was signed into law by President Obama on 8 October 2010.