Larry Goldberg

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 many years 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.

 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 was a key member of its “Refresh Committee” which submitted recommendations for updating 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.

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