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    BLUE Epeachy News Forwarded by Chris Please read below. Thank you to the person who sent me this information. Chris ... Press Release TDI-L eNote - 12/29/05
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      Please read below. Thank you to the person who sent me this


      ---------- Forwarded Message ----------
      Press Release
      TDI-L eNote - 12/29/05
      Editor's Note:

      As a member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network
      (DHHCAN), TDI joins other national organizations serving consumers
      who are
      deaf and hard of hearing in observing a new milestone - 100%
      captioning of
      new television programs.

      Does this mean everything you see on TV will be captioned? No,
      there are
      some exceptions and this guide from DHHCAN will explain what the new
      benchmark means for you and help you decide when and how to file a
      complaint. Print this email and put it near your television set.

      One of our TDI members also pointed out that all public service
      announcements (PSAs) of any length produced with federal funding
      must have
      captioning - an ADA regulation unrelated to this legislation.
      include an anti-drug abuse message or an announcement from the
      Department of
      Homeland Security advising Americans to always be ready for an

      May all of you have a Happy New 2006 and enjoy as much of those TV
      as you can!

      Claude Stout< BR="">Executive Director

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * December 27,

      Contact: Jerald M. Jordan
      E-Mail: Jerald.Jordan@...

      - 100% Captioning of TV Programs? Not Exactly.
      - Special Requirements for News Programs
      - Sending a Complaint
      - Visual Presentation of Emergency Information

      The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network has prepared
      Guide to give you information about what must be captioned on
      January 1,
      2006,&; nbsp;when the requirements for captioning of many television
      increase. We've also included information about how you can send a
      complaint about programs that are not captioned as required, or have
      problems with the captioning.

      100% Captioning of TV Programs? Not Exactly.

      On January 1, 2006, 100% of NEW programs, both analog and digital,
      must be
      closed captioned. But that doesn't mean that you will be able to
      from channel to channel and see everything on your television with

      These programs do not require 100% closed cap tioning:
      1. English or Spanish language programs first shown before January
      1, 1998,
      or for digital captions, before July 1, 2002: only 30% must be
      2. New Spanish language programs: only 50% must be captioned.

      These programs are not required to be closed captioned at all:
      1. Most programs shown from 2 am to 6 am local time.
      2. Locally-produced and distributed non-news programs with no
      repeat value,
      such as parades and school sports events.
      3. Commercials of five minutes or less.
      4. Instructional programs produced local ly by public TV stations
      for use in
      grades K-12 or postsecondary schools 5. Programs in languages other
      Spanish and English 6. Programs shown on new networks for the first
      years of the network's operations 7. Public service announcements
      promotional ads of less than 10 minutes 8. Programs by providers
      with an
      annual gross revenue under $3 million (but these programmers must
      "pass through" the captions of any programs that already have them)

      Special Requirements for News Programs

      TV news programs also must provide 100 % closed captioning as of
      January 1,

      ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and their affiliates must realtime caption their
      news in
      the "top 25" television markets. Realtime captioning should give you
      captions for everything that is being spoken.

      The country's top 25 markets are:
      AZ: Phoenix
      CA: Los Angeles
      San Diego
      San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
      CO: Denver
      DC: Washington, DC
      FL: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
      &; nbsp; Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne
      Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota
      GA: Atlanta
      IL: Chicago
      MD: Baltimore
      MA: Boston
      MI: Detroit
      MO: St. Louis
      MN: Minneapolis/St. Paul
      NY: New York City
      OH: Cleveland
      OR: Portland
      PA: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
      TX: Dallas/Fort Worth
      WA: Seattle

      Non-broadcast networks (such as cable) which serve at least 50% of
      househ olds subscribing to video program services must also realtime
      their news.

      All other news programs are allowed to caption with electronic
      technique (ENT). This captioning is pre-scripted, which causes gaps
      the program has live news updates, breaking news, ad libs, live
      sports and weather updates, and field reports.

      Sending a Complaint

      1. Put it in Writing
      The Federal Communications Commission oversees and enforces the
      for TV closed captioning. You must send a complaint by writing to
      your TV

      2. Your&nbs; p;Distributor: Who to Write, Where to Send the
      - If you use an antenna to receive your TV signal, write to General
      of the TV station that the program came from. You can find the
      address of
      the station in your telephone book.

      - If you use cable or satellite TV service, write to the General
      Manager of
      the cable or satellite company. The address should be on your cable
      satellite bill.

      3. What to Put in the Complaint
      Give as much detail as you can. This will help identify what needs
      to be
      fixed. Here are some things to include:

      - Start the letter with, "This letter is sent in regard to FCC rules
      at 47
      CFR Part 79.1"

      - Give your full address, daytime phone or TTY number, email address.

      - List the TV shows that were not captioned or had a captioning
      with the TV channel name and number. Also include the date and time
      of the

      CSI had no captioning on WBX 4 on January 4, 2006 from 9-10 pm.
      American Idol on WNYC 12 lost captions from 8:45 to 9 pm on
      January 6,
      Desperate Housewives on WKSR 9 captions disappeared during the
      advertisement at 9:10 pm.
      CNN did not have captioning from 12 pm to 1 pm even though it
      has, and the TV Guide said it would be captioned.

      Please send a copy of your complaint to DHHCAN (Jerald Jordan) at
      mailing address, 826 Locust Drive, West River, MD 20778 or fax it to

      4. What to Do After Sending the Complaint If you do not have a
      response in 45 days, contact the FCC with a copy of the written
      that you sent to the TV distributor. Include a copy of their
      response, if any. Send both letters to the FCC at 445 12th Street
      Washington, DC 20554, Attn. CICD/CGB.

      Visual Presentation of Emergency Information

      Visual presentation of emergency information is required of
      cable, and satellite TV providers. This is covered under a different
      regulation, and you can send complaints directly to the FCC.

      Emergency information is d efined as any information that is
      intended to
      protect life, health, safety or property.

      Some examples of things that qualify as an emergency are:
      Dangerous weather -- hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, tidal
      icing conditions, heavy snow, widespread fire, warning and watch of
      impending change in weather
      Dangerous situations -- widespread power failure, discharge of
      toxic gas,
      industrial explosion, civil disorder, school closing, changes in
      school bus
      schedules resulting from conditions.

      Information that must be presented visually if it is provided
      -&nb; sp;Specific details about the areas that will be affected by
      the emergency
      - Evacuation orders, detailed descriptions of areas to be evacuated,
      specific evacuation routes
      - Approved shelters or how to take shelter in one's home
      - Instructions on how to secure personal property
      - Road closures
      - How to obtain relief assistance

      Note that this requires visual information but not necessarily
      Theoretically any effective means of providing all this information
      could be
      used, including holding up signs.

      In advance, DHHCAN expresses its special gratitude for your&n;
      bsp;interest and
      participation for full compliance with the FCC regulations on TV

      About DHHCAN:
      DHHCAN, established in 1993, serves as the national coalition of
      organizations representing the interests of deaf and/or hard of
      citizens in public policy and legislative issues relating to rights,
      of life, equal access, and self-representation. DHHCAN also
      provides a
      forum for proactive discussion on issues of importance and movement
      universal, barrier-free access with emphasis on quality,
      certification, and
      standards. Member organizations are: American ;Association of the
      Deaf-Blind (AADB), American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
      American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), Association of Late-
      Adults (ALDA), The Caption Center at WGBH, Communication Service for
      Deaf (CSD), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and
      for the Deaf (CEASD), Deaf Seniors of America (DSA), Gallaudet
      Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA), National Association
      of the
      Deaf (NAD), National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), National Catholic
      of the Deaf (NCOD), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID),
      Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.(TDI) and
      USA Deaf
      Sports Federation (USADSF).

      Christopher Merritt, President
      Georgia Association of the Deaf, Inc.
      Post Office Box 1616
      Stockbridge, GA 30281
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