The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities includes the right to “enjoy access to television programmes in accessible format” (Article 30). Audiovisual media is indeed vital in defining the cultural landscape of modern societies and provides a primary source of information, education and entertainment, from which persons with disabilities shall not be excluded.

Even if each Member State of the European Union pursue its own audiovisual policy, the EU defines some benchmarks involving common interests. The Audiovisual Media Services Directive sets this EU level framework and some provisions directly concern people with disabilities. The European Disability Forum (EDF) continues advocating for an inclusive audiovisual environment.