Reach Your Widest Audience with Closed Caption Streaming:
Federal agencies are required to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. This includes requirements for captioning of multimedia products such as training or informational multimedia productions, such as online webinars and on-demand videos.
Although the law applies to Federal agencies, state and local government is also impacted by the act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally requires that State and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden. While best practices encourage universal accessibility and assistive technologies, Section 508 does not require that commercial companies comply unless they are receiving federal funds or have a procurement contract with a federal agency.
Whether you contract with government agencies or simply seek to reach the widest audience, you can make your webinars accessible to the hearing-impaired with our closed caption streaming service. Captioning provides real-time streaming text of all spoken dialog for any meeting, conference call, webcast, free or paid webinars and other live or recorded events.