American Heart Association Commits to Captioning Online Video
Updated: June 3, 2019
This week the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the American Heart Association (AHA) reached a resolution on a disability discrimination lawsuit about accessible web video.
In March, 2015, a deaf medical student sued the AHA for failing to provide closed captioned video in their online CPR certification courses. The plaintiff argued that the AHA’s failure to accommodate a person with a hearing disability violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The AHA avoided initial requests for captioning, but this week they announced they are committed to captioning online video. Videos for online courses will be captioned “to the maximum extent possible.” In addition, the AHA will take steps to provide better accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing attendees at live meetings and conferences.
In a press release on the AHA website, their President, Dr. Mark Creager, stated:
The NAD’s CEO Howard A. Rosenblum celebrated the resolution as a victory for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community:
For more information on how the ADA applies to online video captioning, download our free whitepaper.
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