DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO SERVICE (DVS)
Founded in 1990, DVS® pioneered access to television for viewers who are blind or visually impaired. The service provides descriptive narration of key visual elements, which is then inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue to help low-vision viewers to better understand the story. Key visual elements are those which viewers with vision loss would ordinarily miss and include actions, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, scene changes, and onscreen text. Descriptions are accessed on TV programs via the Second Audio Program (SAP) option, which is standard on most contemporary TVs and VCRs.
Description can be found on a variety of television programs including; The Simpsons on Fox, Frontline on PBS and CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as in movies, on DVD, in museums and other attractions and on the Web.
Once your program has been described, we can help get the word out through our vast network of description fans—individuals and national and state organizations serving people who are blind or have low vision.