Live News Captioning

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NEWS PROGRAMS

TV news programs also must provide 100% closed captioning as of January 1, 2006.

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and their affiliates must realtime caption their news in the “top 25” television markets.  Realtime captioning should display captions for everything that is being spoken.  The Captioning Action Guide contains information on how to report your complaints on programs that are not accessible.

Click here for a copy of the DHHCAN Captioning Action Guide.

DHHCAN Emergency Report

The events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath exposed many glaring weaknesses in the emergency preparedness infrastructure that compromise the safety and security of 28 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind. Experiences with emergencies since then continue to reinforce the urgent need for these weaknesses to be addressed.

For the full DHHCAN report on the state of the emergency preparedness and emergency communication access, click here: DHHCAN Emergency Report.

Airline Travel

The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA):

  • Prohibit U.S. and foreign airlines from discriminating against passengers on the basis of disability;
  • Require airlines to make aircraft, other facilities, and services accessible; and
  • Require airlines to take steps to accommodate passengers with a disability.

This means:

  • Information and reservation services must be accessible;
  • Information at airports must be accessible after self-identification;
  • Televisions at airports must have captions turned on;
  • Communication on aircraft must be effective after self-identification;
  • Service animals are permitted;
  • Safety assistants are provided for Travelers who are Deaf-Blind;
  • Assistance with moving within the airport.

Click here to read the complete DHHCAN Airline Travel Action Guide.