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Best Practices for Caption Quality

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

The DCMP defines captioning as “the key to opening up a world of information for persons with hearing loss or literacy needs.” However, not all captions are created equally. Standards and guidelines for captioning quality from the FCC, DCMP, and WCAG can…

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Updated April 4, 2018
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Captioning and Transcription for Streaming Media Distributors

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

6 in 10 young adults in the US primarily use online streaming to watch TV. With more than 130 video streaming services on the market today, it’s clear that streaming video has changed the way we consume media and entertainment. These services…

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March 23, 2018
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[Downloadable Checklist] 10 Things to Look for in an Audio Description Vendor

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

What is audio description and why do I need it? Audio description is is an accommodation for blind and low vision viewers that narrates the crucial visual information of a program. Audio description is meant to provide information on visual content that…

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March 5, 2018
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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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Accessibility Laws for Media and Entertainment

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Video-on-demand is dominating the Media and Entertainment industry. When we want entertainment we can get it practically anywhere, at any time, in just a few clicks. With entertainment at our fingertips, it’s crucial to think about accessibility in this industry. The CVAA…

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Updated January 23, 2018
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Washington D.C. Web Accessibility Laws

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

D.C. is one of the most accessible cities in the world. Whether you are visiting the White House or National Gallery of Art, all attractions are accessible to all visitors. Off the streets and in the cyberspace, Washington D.C. is equally committed…

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Updated January 10, 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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Fair Use for Captioning Content Outside of Education

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Note: While the information in this article is intended to give you a better understanding of fair use and how it’s been used in the past, this is not legal advice. We advise you to consult your legal team for specific questions…

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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
Colored bubbles overlapping with the names of the top 5 accessibility speakers and their presentations. Top 5 Accessibility Speakers of 2017. Lainey Feingold: the 2017 legal update on digital accessibility cases. Tom Tobin: strategies for getting administrative & faculty buy-in for UDL. Katie Linder & Lily Bond: The state of closed captioning in higher education. Bruce Bailey & Timothy Creagan: complying with the section 508 and section 255 refresh. Jackie Luft & Ian Wilkinson: Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Video

Top 5 Accessibility Speakers of 2017

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

These are our top 5 most viewed webinar speakers from 2017. These speakers cover everything you want to know about video accessibility from a legal update to best practices for creating accessible video! Speaker: Lainey Feingold Lainey Feingold, internationally recognized disability rights…

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Updated January 9, 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
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California State Web Accessibility Laws

by Sofia Enamorado in Industry Trends

Download the Whitepaper: Roadmap to Web Accessibility in Higher Education California is one of the leading advocates of web accessibility in the US, with state laws and public policies which refer directly to the federal law Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.…

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Updated January 9, 2018