In a recent settlement with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) that could have far reaching implications for colleges and universities, Harvard University will begin captioning all videos and online broadcasts of events. The settlement resolves a class action lawsuit brought by the NAD and others in November, 2015.
Last year we wrote about Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) channels and their requirements to provide closed captioning of live meetings broadcast on their web sites and public access channels. Now the City of Key West has settled a lawsuit brought by a hearing impaired man over the City's compliance with the ADA.
We work with several tech companies providing remote CART and live captioning for their meetings, town halls and other events. These companies work hard to be as inclusive as possible in all areas of their business and this extends to hiring the best possible candidates for a position. As a result, we get several requests a month to provide CART services for interview candidates. Many of these candidates are familiar with CART but not all of their interviewers are so we thought it would good to put some best practices out there for folks.
Many companies consider themselves to be great places to work. In fact, being considered a desirable work place is often a tool to attract more and better talent to an organization and, possibly more importantly, to retain talented staff. One aspect of being considered an attractive workplace is inclusiveness and diversity. In today's post we'll talk a little about what it means to be inclusive, particularly with regard to people with disabilities, and how that can translate into business success.