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Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will air a new original series that addresses the question: just how accessible are some of Canada’s major cities? The four-part special, entitled Access Unlimited, is produced in partnership with Summerhill Media Inc. and travels across the country with stops in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax. Each 30-minute episode follows three local residents and examines their daily routine – everything from their commute to work, to...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will air 15 Sportsnet simulcasts of Toronto Blue Jays games in 2016 with live described video making them accessible to fans who are blind and partially sighted. Additionally, AMI will air a 30-minute special, Toronto Blue Jays on Deck, providing a behind the scenes look at the team during spring training. This is the fifth consecutive season that AMI will air live described broadcasts of Blue Jays games. AMI began its relationshi...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has partnered with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to ensure that this year’s event is more accessible to the blind, low vision, deaf and hard of hearing community. For the first time, select feature film screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox and Scotiabank Theatre will be available with described video and closed captioning. “We’re very excited to partner with Hot Docs on this worthwhile ...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that two new AMI Originals Presents television specials will air during the month of August on AMI-tv. Each of the specials focuses on a unique topic while maintaining a common theme of inclusion pertaining to both physical and emotional abilities. In keeping with AMI’s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, each special will be fully described and captioned to be accessible to those living with vision or hearing loss. “We’r...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Robert Pearson, the organization’s recently designated Accessibility Officer, has been appointed as a representative on one of the subcommittees overseen by the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) in the United States. The subcommittee to which Robert has been appointed will focus on video programming access and will cover initiatives including Closed Captioning, Described Video programming, access ...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that its AMI-audio channel will be launching a new comedy show in March. An AMI-audio exclusive, Double Exposure’s Newzapalooza is a take on the original Canadian radio comedy, Double Exposure, which was popular in the 1980’s. Hosted by comedic duo Linda Cullen and Bob Robertson, Double Exposure was known for its narration and mockery toward politics, current affairs and well-known Canadian and international figures. “Double Exposure’s New...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that its AMI-audio channel received a gold medal last night at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. AMI-audio was recognized in the History documentary category for a piece that aired on its Contact program entitled, “All Those Years Ago”; a special on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in North America. The program was produced by Joe Lamanna, Paul Daniel and Michael Iantorno. “This is a very proud moment f...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the launch of its annual AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship. 2018 marks the seventh anniversary of the scholarship program that provides much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. AMI has, once again, collaborated with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program and engage students with disabilities from across the country. Two $5,000 bursaries will be awarded to tw...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has partnered with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer its annual scholarship program. Entering its fourth year, the AMI Scholarship program has seen significant success and offered much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. In 2015, AMI will introduce the AMI Scholarship program to the French market and offer both bursaries to students with a disability. “Through our...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has renamed its scholarship program in memory of former colleague and advocate for accessibility, Robert Pearson. Formerly known as the AMI Scholarship, the bursary has been renamed the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship in honour of the organization’s Accessibility Officer who passed away in December, 2015. Robert Pearson was a long-time employee of AMI and fervent supporter of accessibility in Canada and around the world. “R...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is pleased to announce that its AMI-audio channel was recently recognized in five categories at the 2014 International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) awards, including four program of the year awards and one honourable mention. “I am extremely proud of the team at AMI-audio and these awards are truly a testament to the talent, motivation and commitment they demonstrate every day,” says John Melville, Vice-President of Programming and Pr...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the winners of its 2017 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program. The program, which launched in 2012, is open to Canadian students enrolled in a diploma or degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school. Two scholarships valued at $5,000 each are awarded annually to students with a disability, one in English and one in French. The winners of this years’ AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship are Shelby Brown of Calgary, Albert...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that its AMI-audio channel will kick off 2015 with a new weekly program called The Guardian This Week. Hosted by veteran broadcaster Jim Van Horne, this one hour program will feature a compilation of the most current news stories from around the globe. From hard-hitting news and investigative pieces to light-hearted, human interest stories The Guardian This Week will offer a wide variety of engaging content delivered by world-renowned jour...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that its cooking show with an accessibility twist, Four Senses, is returning for a third season and will begin production this fall. Four Senses is a unique cooking show produced by AMI in partnership with Varner Productions Limited that unites blind and sighted chefs in the kitchen. Hosts Christine Ha and Carl Heinrich are back for season three to share new recipes and experiences with a fresh group of celebrity guests. Each 30-minute sho...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will air a minimum of 15 Sportsnet simulcasts of Toronto Blue Jays games in 2015, complete with live described video making them accessible to fans who are blind and partially sighted. This is the fourth consecutive season that AMI will air live described broadcasts of Blue Jays games. AMI began its relationship with Canada’s Major League Baseball Team in 2012 when it became the first ever broadcaster to air a Major League Baseball...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that the 2017 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship campaign will launch Monday, February 6. Entering its sixth year, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program offers much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. The scholarship was renamed in 2016 in memory of AMI’s former Accessibility Officer, Robert Pearson, who passed away suddenly in December 2015. In 2017, AMI will once again collaborate with the Nation...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the launch of two new websites: AMI.ca in English and AMItele.ca in French. Both websites were completely reimagined and rebuilt from the ground up to be fully accessible, user friendly and more reflective of the organization’s mandate to make accessible media for all Canadians. “We’re thrilled to be launching the new websites with a number of new and exciting features that speak to the key priorities of accessibility and enhanced user exp...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the winners of its 2016 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program. The program, which launched in 2012, is open to Canadian students enrolled in a diploma or degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school. Two scholarships valued at $5,000 each are awarded annually to students with a disability, one in English and one in French. The winners of the 2016 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship are Sean Heaslip of Vancouver, British...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Access Unlimited, the series that explores the accessibility of Canadian cities from coast to coast, will return for a second season. The four-part special is produced in partnership with Summerhill Media Inc. and travels across the country with stops in Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary. Each 30-minute episode follows three local residents and examines their daily routine – everything from their commute to work, to visiting...
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will launch a new original series that centres on the day-to-day tribulations and triumphs, with a comedic twist, of a person living with blindness. The new 13-episode AMI original program entitled Blind Sighted focuses on AMI reporter Kelly MacDonald and life from his unique point-of-view. Born with Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Kelly’s vision has been on a steady decline over the last number of years and he sees only shadows now. N...