If your organization provides videos on your website or through a service like YouTube or Vimeo, you may be placing yourself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit. Recently Harvard and MIT were both sued by advocates for the deaf for violating anti-discrimination laws by failing to provide closed-captioning in their online classes, podcasts and other online media. The National Association of the Deaf accused the… Continue Reading Could Your Company’s Videos Get You Sued for ADA Noncompliance?
Layers Upon Layers Fans of Arrested Development rejoiced recently at the long-awaited release of season 4, available exclusively from Netflix. The widely hailed comedy series was cancelled in 2006 by Fox but reached cult status via DVD sales and digital streaming. Netflix revived the series and all 15 episodes of the new season were made available for download on May 26th. Since the release, many… Continue Reading Closed-Caption Viewers Find More Laughs in Arrested Development
The Royal Treatment More and more companies are recognizing the importance of making their content accessible to customers regardless of ability. This trend towards accessibility has now gone Hollywood: Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the United States, is rolling out assistive technology glasses nationwide. Sony Entertainment Access Glasses are a breakthrough technology which enables instant closed-captioning as well as an audio headset… Continue Reading Coming soon to a theater near you: Accessibility!
Radio for All The first radio program to use a new radio captioning technology broadcast to more than 100 public radio stations using the Latino USA program for the first time on February 22. Captioned-radio broadcasts allow an audience of nearly 7 million people in the United States who are deaf and hard of hearing to "listen" to the radio. Towson University associate professor Ellyn… Continue Reading Closed Captioned Radio for the Deaf Now Available
Streaming Subtitles TED is a non-profit that is known for being on the forefront of technology, entertainment, and design. One of their major drawing points are the TED Talks they host on their website and on mobile. TEDs main mission statement is "Ideas Worth Spreading" and with their new iOS app update available now, TED is making their ideas accessible to more people. While the… Continue Reading Mobile Accessibility: TED’s Updated iOS App