Thursday, January 9, 2020

Harvard Ramping Up Captioning Efforts with NAD Settlement - Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

After four years of fighting in court, Harvard University and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) have come to agreement on captioning of videos and online broadcasts — a decision that could have ramifications for all colleges and universities producing and publishing video and audio content. Beginning last December, according to the consent decree, the university must begin adding captions for all online resources, including school-wide events that are live-streamed, content from department-sponsored student organizations and any new university-created audio or video hosted on media platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. The institution must also cover attorney fees for the plaintiffs, which totaled nearly $1.6 million.