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For immediate release
October 7, 2002

Media Access Group at WGBH Launches Comprehensive New Web Site
BOSTON, MA - The Media Access Group at WGBH announces the launch of a newly designed, integrated Web site which combines the considerable resources of the world's premiere provider of media access solutions for people with disabilities. Developed in conjunction with WGBH's award-winning Interactive Department, the new Web site combines and expands upon the online resources of The Caption Center and the Descriptive Video Service®® and provides direct links to the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media and the Group's Motion Picture Access, or MoPix® initiative. The site can be reached by visiting http://access.wgbh.org.

The site features an easy-to-navigate design and is screen-reader accessible - enabling users with vision loss to access the site using assistive technology. The site also includes information about the Media Access Group's access services and products and a listing of MoPix-equipped theaters and films in the US and Canada (MoPix is Rear Window Captioning® and DVS® Theatrical®). Also featured are links to samples of captioned and described Web clips; a library of MAG Guides (information on various accessibility topics for consumers and industry); user questionnaires, surveys; background on the Group's research and development projects; and more.

According to Lori Kay, Director of Services for the Media Access Group at WGBH, "The all-inclusive site underscores the fact that the Media Access Group is the singular resource for information about access services for audiences with hearing and visual disabilities. This new web site demonstrates our continuing efforts to be the organization consumers, corporations, educators, parents and technology developers depend on for reliable, non-biased information and cutting-edge access solutions."

The Media Access Group at WGBH is a non-profit service with offices in Boston, Los Angeles and New York. The Group includes Descriptive Video Service (DVS®), which has made television, film and video more enjoyable to audiences who are blind or visually impaired since 1990, and The Caption Center - the world's first captioning agency - which has made audiovisual media accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard-of-hearing since 1972. The third branch of the Media Access Group, the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), is a research, development and advocacy entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies accessible to all audiences. The Media Access Group's staff contains the leading experts in their fields. For more information about access services, visit the Media Access Group Web site http://access.wgbh.org or call 617-300-3600 (voice and TTY).

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of nearly one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup and companion online content as well as many public radio favorites. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia (including the Web, broadband, and interactive television) and in technologies and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards...even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit www.wgbh.org.

Press contact:
Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH
(617) 300-3700
(617) 300-2489 TTY
mary_watkins@wgbh.org


















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