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McGraw-Hill’s Four-Phase Accessibility Cycle

by Sofia Enamorado in User Engagement

McGraw-Hill’s vision is to “unlock the full potential of each learner.” For over 129 years, McGraw-Hill has been providing innovative solutions to educators and students. But what began as a predominantly print business is steadily becoming a digital business. For McGraw-Hill, the…

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March 22, 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
Adding Videos with Captions and Transcripts to LMS Platforms

Adding Videos with Captions and Transcripts to LMS Platforms

by Elisa Edelberg in Product Updates

Accessibility Tools in LMS Learning management systems (LMS) usually don’t allow users to publish videos with captions, interactive transcripts, or audio description. This poses a challenge, especially in higher education and eLearning, as these features make content accessible and have many benefits…

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Updated February 6, 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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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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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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Brightcove Offers Audio Description Solution With Multiple Audio Tracks

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

One of the biggest barriers with audio description is that most browsers and video players do not support the playing of description in the same way that they support captions. Brightcove is the first enterprise-level video platform to offer audio description support.…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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How to Test Video Players for Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

One-third of all online activity is spent watching video content, and video traffic accounts for 69% of all global consumer internet traffic. So, considering watching video has become so intensely fundamental to the average online user experience, shouldn’t we also expect the…

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Updated January 9, 2018
An Uphill Battle to Digital Accessibility at Capital One

An Uphill Battle to Digital Accessibility at Capital One

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Digital Accessibility at Capital One Digital accessibility is a huge priority for Capital One, and a lot of work has been done to make it that way. In the webinar, Accessibility at Capital One, Mark Penicook, Digital Accessibility Manager, shares the history…

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Updated January 8, 2018
Q&A Accessibility at Capital One

Q&A: Accessibility at Capital One

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Capital One is committed to making their products and services accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. In fact everything at Capital One is designed with accessibility at the forefront because they know that accessibility means usability for everyone. When you’re in…

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Updated March 3, 2018
Understanding Digital Access Law with Lainey Feingold

Lainey Feingold on What the ADA and Digital Accessibility Laws Look Like Going into 2018

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

In the current digital accessibility landscape, there is both a lot to keep up with and a lot at stake. The number of recent cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) alone is overwhelming enough. So, to give readers an idea of where…

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Updated January 4, 2018