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Audio description provides access to television for people who are blind and vision impaired. Widely available on broadcast TV around the world, Australians are calling for the service to be returned to ABC1 following its 2012 trial.

During the trial, thousands of people sent emails, letters and postcards to the then Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the ABC’s Managing Director Mark Scott, urging them to commit to an ongoing audio description service.

In October 2013, the ABC’s technical report on the trial was finally released to the public. The previous government had stated that after this report was released, discussions would be held with the ABC, consumer representative groups and other stakeholders about the introduction of a regular service. We are calling on the new government to stand by this commitment.

In July, Blind Citizen’s Australia (BCA) lodged 21 disability discrimination complaints against the Federal Government and the ABC for not providing an audio description service. BCA is scheduled to have conciliation discussions with the ABC in December which will be brokered by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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