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If You Build It (For Everyone), They Will Come

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

The internet is basically the world’s largest mall… with no parking lot. 56% of people around the world shop at Amazon.com alone. It’s also the world’s largest movie theater. In 2017, the online video market was projected to hit $13.6 billion, surpassing…

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Updated February 15, 2018
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Social Video: Why Aren’t We Making It Accessible to Blind People?

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Social media platforms still have a long way to go as far as accessibility is concerned. Facebook is the only social network that even allows closed captions (Twitter and Instagram require open captions), and that still doesn’t guarantee publishers will add them…

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February 9, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Online Learning Content

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

The two major disability rights laws in the United States — the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act — were passed decades ago, long before the proliferation of the internet as we know it today. However, these laws were written broadly with the…

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Updated February 6, 2018
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How to Add Captions and Subtitles to Your Social Media Videos

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Adding captions to the videos you post on social media is a must. Especially on Facebook, people tend to watch social video with the sound off and videos autoplay without sound. So, captions can help enormously with catching viewer attention. Captions also…

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Updated February 6, 2018
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3Play Media’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

by Patrick Loftus in Company + Culture

It’s that time of year again! Looking back on the blog posts from last year that peaked our readers’ interests the most helps everyone imagine what to expect in the new year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Updated February 6, 2018
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Seven Years into Rulemaking Process, DOJ Withdraws ADA Website Access Regulations

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

In 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) began the process of developing accessibility guidelines for public websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Part of the goal of these regulations would have been to clarify accessibility requirements…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for United States Federal Government Agencies

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

There are two major civil rights laws that specifically protect the rights of people with disabilities in the United States: The Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For a full explanation of both laws, visit ADA.gov. Here is an overview…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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How to View Captions on Your Smartphone

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Given that a quarter of people watch movies and TV shows on their smartphones daily, it’s worth mentioning how to enable closed captions on your mobile device. Millions of Americans have some form of hearing loss and need to read closed captions…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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What It Means to “Bake-In” Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Everybody loves cake. But if you want everyone to eat the cake, you need to bake it with the right ingredients. The same goes for organizations when designing or introducing new digital technologies like websites and interactive media such as video or…

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Updated January 8, 2018
A Big Thanks from Faces Behind the Screen

A Big Thanks from Faces Behind the Screen!

by Patrick Loftus in Company + Culture

Wow, what a year it’s been! We just wanted to take a brief moment to say “thank you,” to everyone who was involved in Faces Behind the Screen in its first year ever! We love this project dearly and are planning to…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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People Are Turning Netflix Videos into “Audiobooks” with the Audio Description Feature

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

The concept of driving your car while enjoying a movie on your phone just became a lot safer. Lifehacker recently published an article about a Redditor who pointed out that you can listen to movies and TV shows on Netflix by turning…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Public Colleges

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Public colleges and universities around the US are legally required to make both digital and physical environments on campus accessible to people with disabilities. In recent years, many students with disabilities have found themselves at a disadvantage when some public universities have…

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Updated January 8, 2018