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Making In-Flight Communications and Entertainment Accessible

Principal researcher

Name: Larry Goldberg

Contact details: Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media, WGBH Educational Foundation, 125 Western Ave., Boston, MA 02134, United States of America.
Tel: +1 617 300 3722; Fax: +1 617 300 3722
Email: larry_goldberg@wgbh.org

Website: http://ncam.wgbh.org/ife/

Project details

Start date: 01/10/2005
End date: 30/09/2009

Description: This project researches barriers and develops solutions that can make inflight communication and entertainment systems (IFE) accessible to people with sensory disabilities. Major project activities are to: (1) Research technical solutions, procedures, and practices required to infuse access considerations into inflight hardware, digital content management systems, interactive and display systems, connectivity, and content; (2) develop a demonstration model using a state-of-the-art IFE system that prototypes inflight system support of user-selectable captions, audio description, and talking menus; (3) participate in World Airline Entertainment Association technical committees and working groups and promote the adoption/inclusion of standard accessibility metadata models into new and existing standards developed by those groups; (4) publish a white paper outlining the functional requirements of an accessible IFE system; and (5) promote review of demonstration model and proposed specifications through dissemination and high-profile demonstrations within industry, government, and the disability community.

Other organisations involved in this project

World Airline Entertainment Association

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

National Center on Accessible Transportation at Oregon State University

Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S.

Last updated: 08/03/2010