The NFB is offering a new program for blind individuals who would like to be trained in video description. You can apply for the program by visiting their Web site at http://www.nfb.org/nfb/VDRC_Training_Application.asp. As explained in the email I received,
Video description is a tool developed to provide blind people with access to visual information portrayed in videos; however, historically the work force in the video description field overwhelmingly consists of sighted individuals. Beginning July 1, 2012, major broadcast and cable networks will be required to provide video description for some television programs. The growing need to produce video-described programming will create new employment opportunities for blind professionals. This workshop will provide participants with some initial training which could potentially make them desirable to companies who provide video description.
The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and, as best I can tell, will be totally free to those participants (travel, room and board will be provided). If you’re blind or visually impaired and are interested in exploring a new employment opportunity, this workshop might be for you.