Barry Cronin

Barry Jay Cronin

Senior Vice President for Project Development at Bridge Multimedia

Location:
49 West 27Th Street 8Th Floor, New York City, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(212) 213-3740

General Information

Experience

Nationally Recognized Expert On Video Description and the Founder  - National Center for Accessible Media

Founder, Interactive Technology Department  - WGBH

Executive Producer, Family Education Network; Addison Wesley Longman  - Pearson Learning Group

Education

Ph.D.  - communications , University of Missouri

Affiliations

Co-Founder  - SparkSense, Inc.

Technical Advisory Committee  - American Foundation for the Blind

Recent News  

"The challenge of creating emergency preparedness strategies and communications systems to accommodate those with disabilities, seniors and others," says Barry Cronin, "extends far beyond a terrorism scenario and can include any emergency situation.
It speaks to the entire issue of emergency preparedness for everyone, those with disabilities and those without, and it forces all of us to consider universal design and the deployment of all kinds of technology, from no-tech to high-tech, as ways to create a level of emergency preparedness that suits all of us in an increasingly inclusive society in threatening times." Dr. Cronin is Senior Vice President for Project Development at Bridge Multimedia, a New York City-based organization focused on universally accessible media with emergency, educational, commercial and government applications. Dr. Cronin and Matt Kaplowitz, President and CEO of Bridge Multimedia, are supported by John Cavanaugh and Anne Malia, Editor and Associate Editor respectively of the company's emergency preparedness online operations.

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"The challenge of creating emergency preparedness strategies and communications systems to accommodate those with disabilities, seniors and others," says Barry Cronin, "extends far beyond a terrorism scenario and can include any emergency situation.
It speaks to the entire issue of emergency preparedness for everyone, those with disabilities and those without, and it forces all of us to consider universal design and the deployment of all kinds of technology, from no-tech to high-tech, as ways to create a level of emergency preparedness that suits all of us in an increasingly inclusive society in threatening times." Dr. Cronin is Senior Vice President for Project Development at Bridge Multimedia, a New York City-based organization focused on universally accessible media with emergency, educational, commercial and government applications. Dr. Cronin and Matt Kaplowitz, President and CEO of Bridge Multimedia, are supported by John Cavanaugh and Anne Malia, Editor and Associate Editor respectively of the company's emergency preparedness online operations.

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When I was Commissioner in Massachusetts in 1985, a guy by the name of Barry Cronin came to visit.
Barry said, Well, lets go have some lunch. Barry Cronin was a man of vision. He really had it in his heart not only to promote this intellectually novel idea but also to forward that idea through the process of making it something that was a nationally recognized art form so that people who are blind would be able to enjoy television. In the early days, it was very difficult to convince anybody that this was something new. I mean, this was something good because most of them saw it as something of an oddityTake your Daughter Out to Lunch Once A Year, still in that category, if not, Feed the Goldfish. At any rate, as time went by, Barry was very successful with the assistance of the Commission for the Blind in Massachusetts and others in garnering a group of more and more people who were willing to go out and to be advocates, to actually talk about it in a positive fashionAudio Description.

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