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CLOSED CAPTIONING & WEB ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

by superuser on May 16, 2018

Social inclusion for people with disabilities is an  ideology which is implicated among society in a number of institutions such as public sector employment, the health care system, and education.

The legal requirements and components were set in place by various laws which sought out equality in such institutions. These include the rehabilitation 1973 act which is a law that was established in order to require federal and federally funded programs to promote the treatment and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

Although the act was initially established as a means of focusing on inequality within employment, it has since broadened and expanded to put further emphasis on the technology spectrum due to the influx of internet usage over the last 2 decades.

The primary aim of Verbit is to create a solution which tackles a lot of issues which arise in any sector in terms of transcribing and captioning. The emphasis on sensory disabled groups who have been alienated when it comes to modern technology. Verbit is making a big difference for this community– and in many instances its frankly about time that there was a change.

For example, the education system is filled with tools, learning necessities, and services which do not suit the needs of students with sensory disabilities. Verbit's proprietary AI technology has been fine-tuned to tackle the specific needs of this area, in which accurate transcriptions and captions are critical for students to learn.

The rehabilitation act of 1973 consisted of 2 sections; section 504 and section 508. In 1977, there were new emphasized rules implemented in section 504 as it became an expansion of the last line in the rehabilitation act. The emphasis came from offering the same rights to people with disabilities in line with the same rights attributed to civil rights groups in 1964.

Section 504 is considered to be the force to announce civil rights for individuals with disabilities.

The act says that,"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service."

Section 504 is a law which aims to create educational models specific to catering to the needs of individuals with disabilities. By law, it should be implemented in any local educational agency, system of vocational education, or other school system.

In 1986, section 508 was also implemented with less success than that of section 504. This was then remodeled later and by 1998, it was amended to the Rehabilitation Act and signed into law successfully.

This law focuses on the advancement of technology and to ensure that information technology systems and web content must be accessible to all. States must ensure that all programs using technology should comply with section 508 at a satisfactory level in order to qualify for any type of program funding.

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