Blog - Regulation

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.

Closed caption symbol. The letters "cc" in white over a black background.
 
 

Today new rules governing the responsibilities of video programming distributors (VPDs) and video programmers for television closed captioning enter into effect. 

A man holds an open laptop.  On the screen the word "Accessible."
 

August 8th is the deadline to submit comments to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. In other words, the DOJ is looking for comments on the regulation implementing title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that applies to accessibility of State and local government entities on the web.

Symbol of accessibility on websites. Silhouette of a person  with open arms inside a circle.
 

On June 29th, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the reaching of settlements with 11 education organizations to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities.

Sign language symbol. Black silhouette of 2 hands facing each other over a white background.
 

Last March, the Colombian TV National Authority (ANTV) made official the rules for implementation of access systems for the content transmitted on public TV for people with hearing disabilities.

Audio description symbols: black letters AD over white blackground
 

On March 31st, the Federal Communications Commission released proposed changes to video description rules “…to expand the availability of -- and consumer access to -- video described programming.”

Video on YuTube. The control bar has a button with the letters "cc" to activate the captiions.
 

As a part of the incremental enforcement of captioning of internet video programming, a new deadline arrives on March 30, 2016.  Distributors of video programming that they have uploaded to the Internet and is later shown on TV with captions, will have 15 days, after the date the programming is first shown on TV with captions, to add captions to it.

Red triangle on white background. From the triangle comes out the word "attention" in red letters
 

Last November, the Federal Communications Commission – FCC - announced that beginning on November 30, 2015, “video programming distributors (VPDs) must ensure that their televised emergency information is conveyed aurally through the use of a secondary audio stream, when such information is conveyed visually during programming other than newscasts.”