Can we make the media world a better place?

In the latest post to the ITU blog, David Wood introduces the new ITU Inter Sector Rapporteur Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (IRG-AVA) set to develop draft global standards (ITU-T and ITU-R Recommendations) for ‘access systems’ designed to help persons with disabilities to enjoy greater participation in modern media.

IRG-AVA will coordinate related work across ITU-T SG9 (Broadband cable & TV)ITU-T SG16 (Multimedia), and ITU-R SG6 (Broadcasting service).

The group is starting its journey now, based on the strong foundation set by the now-terminated ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG-AVA).  The first meeting of IRG-AVA will be held in Geneva, 25 February 2014, by which time the Technical Reports developed by FG-AVA will have been made available to the public.

David Wood is Chair of the World Broadcasting Unions’ Technical Committee, ITU-R Working Party 6C, and several DVB groups.  He is former Deputy Director for Technology and Development in the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and currently Consultant, Technology and Innovation.  David was Vice-chair of the ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Accessibility (FG AVA), and he is currently one of the co-chairs of the Inter Sector Rapporteur Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (IRG- AVA).

For additional information on how to participate in the work of the new IRG-AVA visit the website or contact tsbaccessibility@itu.int. Find out more about ITU´s activities in the area of ICT accessibility by visiting www.itu.int/accessibility.

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