Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to IP Closed Captioning, Video Description, Access to Emergency Information and User Interface Accessibility
On December 7, 2010, Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the establishment and appointment of members of the Video Programming and Emergency Access Advisory Committee (VPEAAC), an advisory committee required by the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (the Accessibility Act). The Chairman appointed HLAA to serve on the 45 member VPEAAC as one of 11 members representing the interests of people with disabilities. Other members include: six representing interests of closed captioning and video description providers; ten representing device manufacturers; four representing Internet and software companies; two representing broadcasters; and 12 representing video programming distributors and providers. The first meeting will be held January 13, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Commission Headquarters. All meetings of the Committee are open to the public.
The purpose of the VPEAAC is to develop recommendations on closed captioning of Internet programming previously captioned on television; the compatibility between video programming delivered using Internet protocol and devices capable of receiving and displaying such programming in order to facilitate access to captioning, video description and emergency information; video description and accessible emergency information on television programming delivered using Internet protocol or digital broadcast television; accessible user interfaces on video programming devices; and accessible programming guides and menus. [View PDF]