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Consumer Advisors

The Media Access Group at WGBH's Consumer Advisory Group is comprised of educators, professionals, students, and community leaders with an investment in high quality captioning and description services and the growth of the availability of these services across media platforms. The Consumer Advisory Group meets in person annually, and advises Media Access Group staff members throughout the year on diversity and availability of accessible programming, improving the methods used to caption and describe programming, and the development of new technology and its impact on accessibility.

Members include:

Sharon Applegate
Executive Director
Deaf, Inc.
Boston, MA

Chet Avery
Alexandria, VA

Bob Burns
Omaha, NE

Tim Cumings
Visually Impaired and Blind Users Group
Boston, MA

Kay Ferrell, Ph.D.
Director, National Center on Severe
and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD)
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO

Helen Fleming
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), North Shore Chapter
Swampscott, MA

Phil Hatlen
Professor Emeritus
San Francisco State University
Shoreline, WA

Pat Hill
Boston, MA

Jan Meyer
Cape Cod, MA

Paul Parravano
Director, Government Affairs
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Pat Pound
Former Executive Director
Texas Governor's Committee of People with Disabilities
Austin, TX

Carl Richardson
ADA Coordinator
Massachusetts State House
Boston, MA

Karen Rockow
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), Boston Chapter
Boston, MA

Steven Rothstein
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, MA

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