Access Unlimited looks at cities you think you know, from a whole new perspective!
August 12, 2015 – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Access Unlimited, the series that explores the accessibility of Canadian cities from coast to coast, will return for a second season.
The four-part special is produced in partnership with Summerhill Media Inc. and travels across the country with stops in Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary. Each 30-minute episode follows three local residents and examines their daily routine – everything from their commute to work, to visiting local attractions, to participating in their favourite sport or pastime. Those featured in the episodes are living with either vision loss or mobility restriction that can present a unique set of challenges when navigating their respective city. Episodes will also feature interviews with experts and decision makers including transit officials, politicians and accessibility innovators.
“We’re very pleased to have Access Unlimited returning for a second season,” says John Melville, Vice President of Programming and Production for AMI-tv. “The first four episodes were very well received and truly highlighted the accessibility innovations and shortfalls of the four featured cities. But there are many more cities to be explored and more stories to be told, and it’s important that we continue to provide this platform for people of all abilities.”
In keeping with AMI’s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, the series will feature embedded described video, integrating natural environmental sounds while interviewees describe actions and surroundings as needed. AMI hopes the series will continue to inform residents of accessibility initiatives or lack thereof, inspire those living with a disability to travel and engage in their community, and encourage cities across Canada to be innovative and conscientious in terms of accessibility.
From August 24 to 27 Access Unlimited will air every night at 7 p.m. beginning with the Niagara Falls episode, followed by Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary. Episodes will also be available with the AMI-player on AMI.ca one week after the initial air date. AMI-télé will air the series in French under the name Villes Accessibles at a later date. All four episodes from the first season of Access Unlimited are currently available to watch online.