March 1st, 2012

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WebAble TV Launches With Fully Accessible Live and On-Demand Streaming

WebAble TV

Was it really only just this past Monday we wished for a way to watch recaps of presentations from the 27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference being held this week at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)? Well, we didn’t have to wait too long for that request to be fulfilled, thanks to an online channel making its debut at the San Diego conference.

Today marks the launch of WebAble TV, described in the press release as a new online TV channel “dedicated to providing accessible live and on-demand interactive coverage of the issues, activities and events important to the community of people with disabilities.” It is the brainchild of The Paciello Group, an accessible technology solutions company located just up the road in Nashua, New Hampshire. The company’s founder, Mike Paciello, is the author of Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities and chairman of the 2012 CSUN conference.

Today’s session won’t get going until 11:00 am on the East Coast, but judging from the WebAble TV preview, it looks like they’ll have a re-broadcast of Tuesday’s keynote address from actress/comedienne Geri Jewell up sometime today with more content to follow.

Of course, WebAble TV didn’t launch as an empty shell. The channel is hosted and produced by the Web-based network, TV Worldwide, which stakes the claim of being the “first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels,” and has been used by a multitude of companies, agencies, and associations since 1999. So they have ready-made content at their disposal, including panel discussions from last year’s Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual conference and an interview with Dr. Temple Grandin, whose life was made into a 2010 TV movie that earned seven Emmy awards.

In addition to original programming, WebAble TV will also proactively look for other Web content to post in its “recommended videos” section. They’ve already assembled half a dozen inspiring clips featuring people with disabilities, including this one of golfer and tennis pro Butch Lumpkin:

OK, so maybe watching the streaming sessions won’t be quite as nice as actually being in San Diego during the month of March, especially now that winter has finally come to New England. But it’s great to see another resource for sharing information and stories about the many organizations and people in the U.S. and across the world making life matter for people with disabilities.


Image by artsaccess_sa, used under its Creative Commons license.

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