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Audience seated at a movie theater. On the upper right, the CC and AD symbols. On the bottom left, the Access4All logo and the phrase Cine con Sentido.
 

On December 3, celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we officially launched Cine con Sentido. The main objective of this initiative, conceived by Dicapta and Canal 22 Internacional, is to highlight the benefits of making, offering, and enjoying accessible audiovisual content supporting in this way the inclusion of our Latino community.

Nefertiti Matos headshot. She smiles softly. She has short brown straight hair with bangs, tanned skin, and full lips.
 

Dicapta has appointed Nefertiti Matos Olivares as the new Partnership Development Coordinator of the company. As a subject matter expert on cultural accessibility, Nefertiti will assume responsibilities on December 13, 2021. Mrs. Matos has worked as an Access Technology Educator for the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library during the last seven years, providing one-on-one technology coaching, and facilitating group workshops on tech topics for the blind and low vision community in both English and Spanish.

White background with a few rhombuses. In front of it, Orissa Castellanos stands and smiles. Next to her the Canal 22 logo.
 

On November 18, Canal 22 Internacional, one of our great allies on accessibility in Spanish within the TVAccess project funded by the United States Department of Education, received the Outstanding Contribution in International Accessibility Award from the American Council for the Blind, Audio Description Awards.

Access4All logo. A pair of purple letters "A" are next to each other and slanted toward each other. An aquamarine number 4 is drawn over the letter A on the left. Text below the letters: Access4All.
 

What is the status of audio description in Spanish in the U.S.? What happens with the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) when delivering audio description in Spanish? How can we make better use of existent accessibility assets? All these topics and more are addressed in the conversation that Dr. María Victoria Diaz, Dicapta’s President, had with Carl Richardson and Brian Charlson at their Picture This podcast.

Indoors. Maria Victoria Diaz holds a flute standing next to a music stand.
 

We are thrilled with the most recent podcast episode of Reid My Mind featuring Dicapta's President, Maria Victoria Diaz. Reid My Mind is hosted and produced by Tom Reid. Tom, like Maria Victoria, has Hispanic roots, loves music, advocates for accessibility, and is a tech geek. 

Drawing of a television screen during a news broadcast. A man in a dark suit and dark glasses stands next to a giant screen. At the top, a line of white text with red background says "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This"
 

On August 11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Telecommunications Commission (FCC) will conduct a national test of emergency alerts. If you are deaf, blind, and/or have hearing or visual disabilities, your help will be very important to inform the FCC about accessibility problems in receiving these alerts.

Susan LaVenture smiles broadly while standing indoors. She has blond shoulder-length wavy hair and a sleeveless red dress. She has blond shoulder-length wavy hair and a sleeveless red dress.
 

Today, we want to celebrate our friend and advisor, Susan LaVenture, who has been elected President of the North America/Caribbean Region (2021-2024) for the International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). 

Bogotá. Outdoors, sunny day. Standing, Orlando Arenas embraces Lourdes Fiallos and María Victoria Díaz, at his sides.
 

Knowing that you would leave so soon, I would have made sure to repeat to you a thousand times how talented you were, how silly you were, and how your voice and your laughter will continue to be heard for a long time. We will meet again, and I will tell you all that. We will laugh again with the memories of the adventures we shared.

Indoors. Six women smiling stand and pose standing next to each other. Judy Matthews, with Keats, her service dog, stands toward the center, in front of the other women.
 

We have too many stories to share about her role in guiding our steps to make this world accessible for people with sensory disabilities. We would like to choose one of those to tell you about today, but it is really hard to choose just one!