Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a Canadian, not-for-profit media organization dedicated to providing media for people “who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted.” This applies to print, broadcast and online media. AMI operates three broadcast services: AMI-tv, in English; AMI-télé, in French; and AMI-audio, in English.
AMI-audio is both a television channel and an online service that offers content to users who are blind, partially sighted or otherwise print restricted, by providing audio narration. AMI-tv and AMI- télé provide “described video,” closed captioned and basic digital TV for users who are blind, low vision, deaf or hard of hearing.
Described video, or video description, uses narrated description to make video (television, films, and home videos) accessible to people with vision loss.
AMI’s services are built on its foundational belief “in an inclusive society in which media is accessible to all Canadians.” Its philosophy is that access to media is a right, not a privilege and that content can be used by people of all abilities. It also expresses the goal to be a world leader in accessibility, and bases all aspects of its business on that goal, including its hiring practices.
In addition to audio and television services, AMI also provides mobile accessibility, which ensures that “web content and applications are more accessible to persons with disabilities when accessed on a broad range of devices including mobile phones, tablets, TVs and other connected devices.”
To learn more about the services offered by AMI, visit their website here.