The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility that works to make media accessible to underserved populations such as disabled persons, minority-language users, and people with low literacy skills.
NCAM is an extension of public broadcasting's ground-breaking work in media access that began 25 years ago with the creation of captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, and has more recently resulted in the development of video description for blind and visually impaired audiences. NCAM and its sister organizations, The Caption Center and Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®), make up the Media Access department of the WGBH Educational Foundation.
Dedicated to information equity, NCAM develops technologies that create access to public mass media, investigates how existing access technologies may benefit other populations, conducts community outreach to educate people about media access issues, and works with the public broadcasting community to extend access to programming and information.
NCAM strives to make media more accessible in schools, the workplace, the home, and the community. In addition to retrofitting existing media, such as television, radio, newspapers, and theatrical movies with access technology, NCAM is designing access into emerging telecommunications such as Advanced Television and the World Wide Web. NCAM's mission is to ensure that the 45 million Americans with little or no access to media's sights and sounds will not be left out of the Information Age.
For more information, contact NCAM at:
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
WGBH Educational Foundation
125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 300-3400 (voice/TTY)
(617) 300-1035 (fax)