My Sound Cinema is the first online film VOD platform dedicated to audio described film and designed specifically with the blind and vision impaired community in mind. It aims to fill the current gap in accessible provision of AD online and was built through consultation with people with low or no residual eyesight. The project was conceived by Screen Language, who have over 10 years of experience providing accessible audiovisual content and are currently recognised as one of the leading providers of enhanced access materials and audiovisual translation in Scotland.
All the films on My Sound Cinema feature audio description, which comes on as a default for each film and cannot be turned off. All the films also have captions, or subtitles for foreign language films. Captions can be turned on from within the video player.
This project aims to continually improve their website and implements the feedback of its core target audience on an ongoing basis. Accessibility efforts so far have included implementing, wherever possible:
- The use of the braille institute’s hyperlegible typeface for body copy throughout the site
- Large size fonts and wide spacing between lines
- Colours of logo, text and background consistent with WCAG 2.1 level AA (contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text)
- Alt text (film titles) on poster images
- Clearly organised pages, easy to navigate using a screen reader.
- Using semantic HTML code to structure the pages to facilitate the above.
You can sign up by selecting a film and creating an account here.