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Demystifying Accessibility: What Is 508 Compliance?

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

Michele Landis, Co-Founder and CRO of Accessible 360, joined us on 3Play Media’s Allied Podcast to discuss why there’s so much confusion around Section 508 and demystify its complexity. The episode starts with some clarification around the history of section 508. Section…

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December 2, 2021

A Deaf Superhero Makes History

by Rebecca Klein in Lighter Side

Filmmaker Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, released in November 2021, introduced the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Portrayed by deaf actor Lauren Ridloff, deaf superhero Makkari, who has super speed and is a member of the Eternals, was originally depicted as a white,…

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November 26, 2021

How Much Do Closed Captioning Services Cost? (And Why Price Isn’t Everything)

by Rebecca Klein in Industry Trends

Video is a valuable business and communication tool for organizations across many industries. However, videos without closed captions are inaccessible to over 430 million people worldwide with hearing loss. As global video production and consumption rates continue to increase, organizations must provide…

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November 12, 2021

The Most Essential Accessible Tools for Working From Home

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

As the working world was forced to adapt amidst a global pandemic, we saw the rise of more accessible work from home tools (which offer numerous benefits to employees & employers alike) that become integral to the hybrid work environment. Accenture’s 2021…

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Updated October 18, 2021

How Many People Use Captions? Not Just the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the regulatory body for UK television broadcasting, conducted a 2006 study on how many people use subtitles and subtitle usage by people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. In the UK, “subtitles” are equivalent to what…

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October 1, 2021

6 Tips for Improving Podcast Accessibility

by Aj Beltis in Industry Trends

Podcasting continues to surge in popularity, making podcast accessibility even more important. With more than two million active podcast shows in 2021 – and more than 800,000 having launched in 2020 – podcasts have become a dominant source of entertainment, news, conversation…

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September 29, 2021

SDH Subtitles vs. Closed Captions: What’s the Difference?

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

“Tomato, tomahto.” That’s what people might think when seeing the words “subtitles” and “captions,” but, there actually is a difference. Before fully understanding the difference between subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH Subtitles) and closed captions, it is helpful…

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Updated August 30, 2021

Twitter Accessibility Improves With the Ability to Add Captions to Videos

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

If you’ve been on Twitter recently you may have noticed several changes, including some changes to the overall look and feel of the website. Twitter says these changes – including a new proprietary font, high color contrast, and increased space on the…

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August 23, 2021

Machines and Humans: Stirred, Not Shaken for The Perfect Captioning Recipe

by Josh Miller in Company + Culture

The early days of 3Play Media included deep research into the various methods of transcribing audio and video content in order to create accurate, properly timed captions. One of the main focal points was the use of automatic speech recognition (ASR). Specifically,…

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Updated August 16, 2021

Xbox Accessibility: The Importance of “Day One” Inclusive Design

by Jaclyn Leduc in Company + Culture

There are an estimated 400 million gamers with disabilities on the planet. For Xbox, accessibility is at the core of what they do. They are committed to creating a gaming experience that everyone can enjoy, including the 400 million individuals mentioned above.…

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July 19, 2021

Best Practices: 7 Ways to Improve Live Captioning Quality

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

Within the past year, the demand for live online events has skyrocketed & doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. More than 67% of people worldwide have streamed live video content, and live streaming is estimated to grow into $70.5 billion industry…

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Updated October 21, 2021

Accessibility in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives

by Amy Dwyer in Company + Culture

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives have become a top priority for today’s organizations. Studies continue to show that companies that value DEI are more profitable than those that don’t and their employees report higher levels of engagement, trust, and satisfaction. These…

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June 1, 2021