ADA ROUND-UP: Podcaster Sued for Lack of Captions, Governor Sued for Lack of ASL

by: David Titmus

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Making Podcasts Accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Gimlet Media for failing to make its podcasts accessible to … Read More

A Milestone Piece of Legislation, the ADA Turns 30

by: David Titmus

This Sunday (July 26) marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the first comprehensive civil rights legislation addressing and granting basic accessibility needs for people with disabilities. The act dramatically changed – and improved – the social and political landscape of the United States, and greatly advanced … Read More

ADA Round-Up: Illinois Prison Sanctions, Senior Living Communities Sued

by: David Titmus

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Court Sanctions Illinois Prisons for Failing Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Prisoners A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) violated the settlement agreement in … Read More

Captions Help Make all Classrooms – Physical and Virtual – Accessible

by: David Titmus

Schools and colleges across the country explored new ways to teach students this spring as the coronavirus pandemic forced academic institutions to shutter classrooms and cancel in-person instruction. As distance learning and virtual teaching became commonplace – nearly 55 million students nationwide continued their educations remotely while schools were closed … Read More

VITAC Provides Accessible Communication to Local Governments, Federal Agencies

by: David Titmus

Accessible communication (and, at times, the lack thereof) has been an important topic of discussion over these past few months as viewers across the country have watched daily COVID-19 news conferences, governor updates, and press briefings to keep current with public health and safety information. However, some in the deaf … Read More

VITAC Files Support of FCC Petition on Caption Quality Metrics, ASR Rulemaking

by: David Titmus

VITAC supports a petition before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that asks that the commission develop objective, technology- and methodology-neutral metrics for live captioning quality, and issue a declaratory ruling on the use of automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies. Specifically, the petition asks that the FCC issue a ruling explaining … Read More

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

by: David Titmus

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 … Read More

Celebrating 29 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

by: David Titmus

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 … Read More

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

by: David Titmus

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 … Read More

ADA Round-Up: Legislative Access and Government Captions

by: David Titmus

Welcome to this month’s edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Legislative Sessions Lack Captions The 11th Circuit Court is considering a claim involving Florida’s lack of closed captions on its legislative session’s online videos. The case, filed … Read More