President Obama signs Accessibility Bill for Increased Web Video Captioning
Updated: January 4, 2018
This afternoon, President Obama is expected to sign the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. The new law, originally introduced by Rep. Ed Markey as H.R. 3101, will mandate further captioning requirements for video online. This is a very exciting step forward for the millions of Americans who are hearing impaired.
The legislation initially applies to any video content that originally aired as television programming. As web video continues to grow, the push for expanded regulation will likely grow louder. While the benefits of transcripts and captions are significant, regulation of such applications is a delicate matter. For more of our thoughts, please read a recent post of ours on the new Accessibility Act.
What do you think? Is this the beginning of more legislation to come?
The OCR Closed Over 2,500 Complaints – What Does This Mean?
Download the Checklist: Top OCR Requirements. At the beginning of this year, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) shockingly announced they were closing 2,500 complaints they had in line to investigate. There was, of course, panic. Did this mean that institutions didn’t…
How to Simplify Your Captioning Workflow
If complex workflows are your biggest challenge, then use these tips to simplify your captioning workflow. Adding captions is a process, but that doesn’t mean it should be complex. Through integrations, API workflows, and centralization, you can make the captioning process simpler.…
Q&A with Paul Grossman: Who Is Responsible for Ensuring Accessibility?
Paul Grossman is a Former Chief Reginal Attorney for the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Paul is an expert on accessibility laws in higher education. In the webinar, The Legal Year in Review: Accessibility Trends in Higher Ed,…