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Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community
Did you know that approximately 36 million American adults report some amount of hearing loss1 and 2 to 3 of every 1,000 American children are born hard of hearing2?
This means that without captions, 17% percent of American adults and millions of children do not have the same accessibility to information as the rest of the population. Captioning translates the spoken word into text, allowing the millions of American adults and children with hearing loss to enjoy television programs, entertainment DVDs, sporting events, and everything in-between.
The Americans Disabilities Act (ADA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provide mandates for closed captioning requirements on various forms of visual media. Visit our FAQ page to read more about the current laws regarding closed captioning.
For more information on how you can help to make sure your favorite TV show or event is accessible to everyone, please contact one of these advocacy groups:
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
- Hearing Loss Association of America
- Hearing Loss Association of Oregon (formerly SHHHOR)
- Hearing Loss Law & Washington State Communications Access Project
The Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provide mandates for closed captioning requirements on various forms of visual media. Visit our FAQ page to read more about the current laws regarding closed captioning and check out the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments website to learn more about how you can expand accessibility to your audience.
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