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Speech Accessibility Advocate Summarizes State of STS at CSUN 2014

Speech accessibility advocate Bob Segalman, Ph.D., spoke at the recent CSUN 2014 conference held in March in San Diego, CA. He noted how there is some form of Speech-To-Speech (STS) -- including Video Assisted STS -- available in Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the U.S. His presentation addressed how STS is implemented and raised concerns about how it is used.

Some Advocates Take On NetFlix to Ensure Video Description

Some advocates have been contacting Netflix to see how they are going about ensuring video description of the content they distribute.  They have a website that blogs on the topic called the Accessible Netflix Project.  The project is organized by Robert Kingett who provides regular updates. To assist in this accessibililty advocacy, please visit the website, sign up for updates and join the effort.

Ten Years After Advocates Ask, FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Rules

On February 20, 2014 the FCC issued a long-awaited Order on the quality of closed captions on television. They set some standards such as closed captions on television programs must accurately convey dialogue and sounds, run from the beginning and to the end of the program, not lag behind the actual dialogue, and mustn't block other key information on the screen. Other commonsense requirements are also codified to ensure higher quality of closed captions, and a Further Notice of Proposed Rule-making on the subject was also issued.

New Report Reveals Long Way to Go Before Accessible Technology is Global

New report by G3ict and DPI reveals that the world still has a long way to go before accessible and usable technology is available everywhere for people with disabilities. While there's been some progress since last year, implementation of this critical need remains. Report summarizes information from seventy-one countries and compares findings from last year in a similar report. Click on "Read More" below for some of these findings.

Accessibility and Innovation Expert to Speak at FCC on September 12

Stony Brook University Professor Yevgen Borodin will speak on "Improving Accessibility for the General Public" at the second in the new speaker series at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to be held 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the FCC HQ in Washington, DC. A technology solutions demonstration will also be held concurrently and in the afternoon.

For Accessibility and Inclusion, More Focus on Content and Functionality is Needed

A mini-conference at the FCC on July 16, 2013 focused on a key approach to ensuring inclusive online design. Clayton Lewis, Professor of Computer Science and Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, delivered a presentation addressing this topic as the first speaker in what is to be a series on accessibility and innovation.

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