Blog - Regulation

Letters "AD" that represent audio description symbol
 

This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased the number of hours of required described TV programming. The description allows people with visual limitations improved access to TV programs by providing additional information about the programs with a narration that describes details that can’t be inferred by only listening to the original program.

Dark clouds in the sky. From the clouds a tornado swirls down, touches the ground and lifts dust.
 

This July 10th is the deadline for the video programming distributors (such as satellite, cable and internet video companies) to comply with the requirement to make accessible audible emergency information to consumers that access the video programming on second screen services (such as smart phones, laptops and tables). 

 

A new captioning deadline is arriving this Saturday. This one covers the captioning of Internet video clips of live and near-live TV programming (such as news or sporting events) where the associated programming has been shown on TV, in the U.S., with captions.

Dog with a vest and a badge that reads "Service Dog."
 

Last week the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, a case that involved allowing a service dog into the classroom.

Maria Diaz, of long brown her, smiles
 

At Dicapta we are very proud with Maria V. Diaz's, our CEO, appointment to the Federal Communications Commission's Disability Advisory Committee. 

Airport signs with several icons and arrows pointing to different directions
 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released disability training materials that focus on the rights and responsibilities of passengers with disabilities. These materials are intended to be used by both the airline personnel and the traveling public, and are available at the DOT website.

Icons on a TV screen. Some of them are Netflix, YouTube and Pandora
 

The deadline to implement the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accessibility requirements for controls, menus, and program guides for TVs, set-top boxes and other devices was reached on December 20th.

Dimly lighted, several rows of beige chairs in a theater.
 

On November 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced regulations to clarify a public accommodation obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities.

Judy Matthews and her guide dog Keets
 

By our advisory group member and friend Juddy Matthews.

Today started out like any other typical work day, with an early arrival at the office, a brief informational meeting, and taking care of odds and ends.