Larry Goldberg

Larry Goldberg
Director, National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM)


Larry Goldberg is the founder and director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family
National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at Boston’s public broadcaster
WGBH. For more than a decade he directed WGBH’s Media Access Group and
its Caption Center and Descriptive Video Service and now focuses on research
and development, public policy initiatives and strategic partnerships for global
impact. He is a leader in the international effort to assure that the design and
implementation of new technologies meet the needs of people with disabilities
and other populations who lack access. He led development of the specifications
for digital television closed captioning in the U.S. and was awarded a patent in
1996 for “Rear Window™,” the first closed-captioning system for movie theaters
and theme parks. He has developed dozens of innovative R&D projects for full
inclusion in such fields as online education and digital publishing, mobile devices
and mobile media, in-flight entertainment, home media networks, Web-based
media, theatrical motion pictures, museums and theme parks, and many others.

Larry regularly briefs Congressional and regulatory agencies on barriers and
opportunities in new and emerging media. He consults and writes about the
needs of people with disabilities for many publications and national advisory
boards and served on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC)
Technological Advisory Council, its Consumer Advisory Committee and currently
co-chairs its Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Larry worked closely with Cong. Ed Markey (D-MA) and House and Senate
staffers of the technology and telecommunications subcommittees, in a bipartisan
effort to draft, negotiate and pass the “21st Century Communications
and Video Accessibility Act,” which was signed into law by Pres. Obama in
October of 2010. Under that law, which expands access to new and emerging
digital media under regulations being written by the FCC, the Video Programming
Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) was established at the FCC and
Larry was named co-chair by Chairman Julius Genachowsky. The first act of the
VPAAC was to issue recommendations for extending closed captioning to
Internet-based media, which Larry and his working group delivered to the FCC
ahead of deadline and which became the basis for the Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking and the subsequent rules, due in early January 2012.

Larry is regularly consulted by the White House Domestic Policy staff on matters
pertaining to access to technology for persons with disabilities and helped
establish a standing committee within the CIO Council of the United States
government on accessible technology. At the beginning of the Obama
Administration, Larry met with the new CTO of the U.S. (Aneesh Chopra) and the
new CIO (Vivek Kundra) to brief them on issues of concern regarding inclusive
technology policies and practices.

Larry also was involved in crafting and now proliferating the media and
communications provisions of the United Nations Convention on Persons with
Disabilities, adopted in December of 2006 and which has since been signed by
153 countries. Larry has consulted with governments and NGOs in Japan, Israel,
Brazil, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina and Russia.
He was a member of the U.S. Access Board’s Electronic and Information
Technology Access Advisory Committee (EITAAC) that established rules for
federal compliance with Section 508 and its subsequent “Refresh Committee”
which updated those rules. Larry works with technology companies such as
Apple, Disney, Microsoft, Verizon, Panasonic, AT&T, Yahoo!, HP, Adobe, and
others on solutions to meet the needs of consumers with disabilities. His
undergraduate degree focused on Cinema Studies and Broadcast Journalism at
University of Southern California.


Location: Broadway Ballroom North Level:
Moderated by:
Betsy Beaumon (Benetech)
Larry Goldberg (National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM)), Rick Johnson (Ingram | VitalSource), George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium), Doug Klein (Nook Media, LLC)
A tour of evolving technologies, including mobile devices and e-readers, that provide reading experiences for people with disabilities and others. New reading systems, publishing tools and practices, EPUB 3, smart graphics, best practices, the Content Model for accessible images, and new retail models. Insights into content accessibility from publishers, retailers, researchers, builders and users. Read more.
Location: Table 2 Level:
Betsy Beaumon (Benetech), Larry Goldberg (National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM)), Doug Klein (Nook Media, LLC), George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium), Rick Johnson (Ingram | VitalSource)


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