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Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH
(617) 300-3700
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For immediate release
May 23,2003

Media Access Group at WGBH Provides Description Services for
The Victory Garden's New Season

Boston, MA — The Victory Garden, produced by WGBH and appearing on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times), is now described for viewers who are blind or visually impaired. The Media Access Group at WGBH provides description services for the series. Funding for the description is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Victory Garden's all-new episodes will continue through the fall, empowering audiences to get growing. The gardening show with a sense of humor that helps everyone relax in the garden features inspired ideas and projects with a "learn as you grow" approach. Upcoming episodes include host Michael Weishan and gardener Kip Anderson creating a compost area, tending to a new perennial garden, and starting a pumpkin patch. The Victory Garden has a companion Web site full of gardening resources, freqently asked questions, receipes and more. The site is fully accessible to computer users with screen reading software. The URL is www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden/.

Descriptive Video Service®(R) (DVS®(R)) provides descriptive narration of key visual elements--making television programs, feature films, home videos and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Key visual elements are those that viewers who are visually impaired would ordinarily miss, such as actions, gestures, facial expressions, scene changes and on-screen text. Inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue, audio descriptions of important visual details help to engage these viewers with the story.

Viewers can access the description of The Victory Garden and other described programs through the Second Audio Program or SAP channel. Stand-alone SAP receivers also are available (these can be used with or without a television; a list of vendors can be found at http://dvs.wgbh.org). Most TVs and VCRs purchased since 1992 are equipped with the SAP feature. To hear the narrated visual descriptions through a stereo TV or VCR, simply activate its SAP feature.

The Media Access Group at WGBH is a non-profit service with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. The Group includes 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, is a research, development, and advocacy entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies accessible to all audiences. Members of the Group's collective staff represent the leading resources and experts in their fields. For more information about access services, visit the Media Access Group Web site or call 617-300-3600 (voice and TTY).


















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