Sony & Amazon Ask to Exempt E-readers from Accessibility Law

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A group of e-reader manufacturers including Amazon, Sony, and Kobo, are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to exempt the devices from federal accessibility laws. The 21st Century Communications and Video Act  (CVAA), which was signed into law in 2010, requires that "equipment used for advanced communications services [ACS], including end user equipment" be "accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities." In the petition to the FCC, the… Continue Reading Sony & Amazon Ask to Exempt E-readers from Accessibility Law

#a11ychat – Making Video and Audio Accessible to All

Welcome to the second web accessibility chat, AKA #a11ychat! The "Accessibility Avengers" @nethermind and @goodwitch will be your high energy hosts and moderators for this event. The topic for this chat will be: "Making Video and Audio Accessible to All: What are your successes and biggest challenges?" Elle Waters (@nethermind) and Glenda Sims (@goodwitch) will kick off the discussion with their thoughts and questions on… Continue Reading #a11ychat – Making Video and Audio Accessible to All

New Developments Related to the CVAA

There have been some new legal developments related to the FCC's 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.  The Attorney General's office has weighed in on recent litigation against Netflix.  The National Association of the Deaf, Western Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, and Lee Nettles have taken action against Netflix for failing to caption all of their "Watch Instantly" streaming content.  The… Continue Reading New Developments Related to the CVAA