RE: Audio Description of Films
WHEREAS, the movie-going experience for blind and visually impaired people is enhanced by the provision of audio description of the characters, their actions, and the scenery and the reading of subtitles during screening of the film; and
WHEREAS, only a few movie theatres show audio-described films regularly; and
WHEREAS, blindness and vision loss are increasing in the United States, and we are becoming a more important segment of the entertainment market; and
WHEREAS, any financial burden to the motion picture industry that results from providing audio description will be more than compensated for by the expanded audience who will come to audio-described movies; and
WHEREAS, it is more cost-effective to add audio description to a film at the time of production: NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind, in Convention assembled this fifth day of July, 2008, in the city of Dallas, Texas, that this organization encourage the motion picture industry to provide audio description of all new films as they are being produced; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization encourage movie theaters to show audio-described films as a matter of general practice.