The National Center for Accessible Media says it has teamed with AOL Time Warner's America Online on a project aimed at making interactive TV accessible to people with disabilities. The partnership will research ways to present information through sound and integrate text-to-speech technology on television set-top boxes.
Initial efforts will focus on making the electronic program guide in interactive TV devices more accessible. "As technology advances beyond traditional passive television viewing into a more robust and interactive experience, we must ensure that blind and visually impaired audiences are not left behind," said Tom Wlodkowski, manager of the project. The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research is providing funding for the project.