Disability and Media

NAD Lawsuit Against Harvard and MIT Moves Forward

November 8, 2016
Judge Mark G. Mastroianni of the District Court of Massachusetts denied Massachusetts Institute for Technology's (MIT) and Harvard University's motions to dismiss the National Association of the Deaf's (NAD) and other named plaintiffs' complaint that the institution discriminates against deaf and hard of hearing people by failing to caption the vast and varied array of online content they make available to the general public, including massive open online courses (MOOCs). Today's decision affirms that plaintiffs' case will be going forward.

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The National Association of the Deaf and Hulu Reach Agreement

September 6, 2016
BERKELEY, CA – September 6, 2016 Hulu, LLC (Hulu) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, represented by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), and Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), entered into a settlement agreement for Hulu to provide 100 percent closed captions of its full-length English and Spanish content by September 2017.

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Good news on NAD vs MIT! Our communication access case involving massive open online courses (MOOCs) will move forward

February 9, 2016
The Massachusetts District Court rejected MIT's motions for a stay and to dismiss NAD's lawsuit. The ruling also ensured plaintiffs will not have to wait the Department of Justice to issue regulations regarding website accessibility. The court recognized that MIT's and, implicitly, other universities' online education courses, are subject to broad Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protections, and can be required to provide equal access to people with disabilities.

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NAD and Gogo Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

January 26, 2016
Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

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2014-15 Community Impact Highlights

December 9, 2015
Your shared commitment to disability justice allowed us to be vigorous advocates who were prepared to bring disability rights to the table — whether that table was in the courthouse, the schoolhouse, or the White House.

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Amazon Agrees to Caption Amazon Video By December 31, 2016

October 14, 2015
"Amazon's resolve to make its online offerings accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing should serve as an example for streaming entertainment providers who refuse to close caption their far more limited catalogs," said Arlene Mayerson, DREDF's Directing Attorney, regarding the case that continues progress begun through agreements with Netflix and Apple.

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Google: Focus on People with Disabilities

October 12, 2015
Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities A project of Google.org
"We know and you all know that technology can completely change and transform the quality of life for every individual out there." - Adrienne Biddings, Google Policy Council in Washington D.C.

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The Making of the ADA – Week Four

August 17, 2015
Memories from the 10th Anniversary Week Four: Carolyn Osolinik, Richard Thornburgh and Marilyn Golden In an effort to capture the day–to–day memories of some of those who were part of this historic event, the University of San Francisco and Access Video, collaborated with DREDF during 1999 and 2000 to interview some of the people who were central to the law's passage.

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The Making of the ADA – Week Three

July 30, 2015
Memories from the 10th Anniversary
Week Three: C. Boyden Gray, Ralph G. Neas, and Arlene Mayerson (Part 2)
In an effort to capture the day–to–day memories of some of those who were part of this historic event, the University of San Francisco and Access Video, collaborated with DREDF during 1999 and 2000 to interview some of the people who were central to the law's passage.

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The Making of the ADA – Week Two

July 19, 2015
Memories from the 10th Anniversary
This Week: Senator Tom Harkin, Arlene Mayerson, and Pat Wright
In an effort to capture the day–to–day memories of some of those who were part of this historic event, the University of San Francisco and Access Video, collaborated with DREDF during 1999 and 2000 to interview some of the people who were central to the law's passage.

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