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Posts Tagged ‘accessibility’

Looking Back: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Turns 10

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) turns 10 years old this week. Signed into law by President Barack Obama on October 8, 2010, the CVAA updated federal communications regulations to increase access to modern communications for people with disabilities. The CVAA made sure that accessibility laws enacted in the 1980s and 1990s…

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ADA Round-Up: Accommodations, Accessibility Lawsuits on the Docket

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Appeals Court Rules on Accommodations Claim A federal appeals court overturned a lower court decision this month, and reinstated a disability discrimination claim that argued Union Pacific Railroad failed to reasonably accommodate…

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Budgeting for Accessibility in 2021 (and Beyond)

The new year will be upon us sooner than we think, and it’s not too early (or too late) for businesses, government agencies, event centers, and others to begin considering their budget needs for 2021. But as budget planners decide on which items (new products, advertising, social media, websites) to devote money and time to…

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VITAC Ready as Sports Leagues Consider Return

A handful of professional sports leagues are pondering a return to action in the coming months, carefully planning the best ways to protect players and spectators (if fans are permitted) while getting back to the courts, rinks, and diamonds. It’s no secret that the path back to life as we knew it is going to…

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VITAC Article Looks at Captions in Nontraditional Places

Since their introduction to television audiences in the early 1970s, closed captions have expanded well beyond the media and entertainment borders and are now found within corporations, classrooms, arena-filled concerts, and standing room-only sporting events. Captions allow everyone greater accessibility to content, whether it be via TV, movies, or social media. And they continue to…

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ADA Round-Up: Training Videos Lack Captions, EEOC Claims, and Title III Filings

Welcome to this month’s edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Major Retailer Pays $100K over Lack of Captions A major multinational retail corporation will pay $100,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over…

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Petition Asks FCC for Objective Metrics on ASR, Captioning Quality

A petition filed this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asks the commission to begin developing objective, technology-neutral metrics for automatic speech recognition (ASR) software and caption quality. Filed on behalf of nearly a dozen deaf and hard-of-hearing consumer groups, the petition asks the FCC to look into developing objective, technology- and methodology-neutral metrics…

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Celebrating 29 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tomorrow (Friday) marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all…

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ADA Round-Up: Corporate Videos, Candidate Websites Lack Captions, Accessibility

Welcome to this month’s edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lack of Captions on Orientation Videos Brings Lawsuit The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a suit against a Michigan-based management and maintenance services company, claiming that the company failed to…

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