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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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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
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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
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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Hulu Over a Lack of Audio Description and an Inaccessible Website

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Today, a class action lawsuit was filed against online video streaming giant Hulu over accessibility issues on its website and online streaming service. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts by The American Council of the…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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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
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What to Take Away From FedEx and Target’s Accessibility Lawsuits

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Accessibility lawsuits can tell us a lot about what makes an organization accessible to both employees and customers. Two lawsuits in particular, against international shipper FedEx and retail giant Target, highlight the importance of making accessibility a priority in both physical and…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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British Web A11y Site Enforcement

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  It’s not often that people ask for stricter enforcement of laws. When it comes to web accessibility in the UK, that’s exactly what’s happening. AbilityNet Wants Web A11y Site Enforcement AbilityNet wants the UK government to crack down on enforcing web…

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Updated March 29, 2018
A young woman with a hearing aid on her right ear shown watching a video with closed captions on YouTube on her laptop on a couch.

Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Legislation to Become Law

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

Just last week the Senate passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. With hearing loss affecting 48 million Americans – about 20% of the population – this is a victory for our entire country! The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why Automatic Captions Don’t Protect You From an ADA Lawsuit

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  Automatic Captions Are Not a Joke Any YouTube watcher, Buzzfeed fan, or really anyone who spends time on the internet can probably agree that YouTube’s automatic captions have made for some ridiculously funny #captionfails including this Jaimaican Vacation Hoax, for example.…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Final CVAA Captioning Requirement for Live & Near-Live TV Goes into Effect

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

July 1st, 2017 was the final deadline of the FCC’s 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) captioning requirement timeline for broadcast television in the US. This deadline, the last of several that have been incrementally phased in since 2012, requires…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Captioning Prioritization, Centralization, and Department Responsibility

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  The way video captioning works across organizations is sort of like how some families divide grocery duties. Who’s responsible for shopping, unpacking the bags, and cooking? Which items get attention first? At some organizations, one department basically handles all captioning responsibilities.…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Pawtucket, RI Mandates Closed Captioning Stays on in Public Places

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

When you enter a public establishment such as a restaurant, you fully expect that they’ll provide the appropriate necessities – plates, food, silverware, napkins, etc. But if you’re Deaf or hard of hearing, closed captions on TVs are a necessity too. So…

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Updated January 4, 2018