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Television Services: Sight-impaired People

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to ensure that digital switchover will not adversely affect blind and partially-sighted people. (212579)

Blind or partially sighted people are eligible for the Digital Switchover Help Scheme which provides help with equipment, installation and after-care support.

Audio Description (AD), an additional narration on TV programmes that describes on-screen action, is accessible through the equipment provided by the scheme.

The Government, Digital UK and the help scheme, continue to consult the RNIB about how best to help people with visual impairments through the switchover process.