Making video content accessible to all citizens is a vital part of engaging everyone in their local government. This includes live streams, on demand, cable tv and in person content. The more people who participate, the better local government becomes. CLOSED CAPTIONING SYSTEMS for town meetings, town council, selectmen, school committee and the other city and town committees is vital in providing full accessibility.
Closed Captioning systems for any video content is an essential piece of accessibility. To that end, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have both passed down rulings requiring programming be closed-captioned for both channels and streaming.
Closed Captioning is an “unsolved liability” for MOST local government entities. Some government tv stations have been captioning their meetings for years, and we salute those pioneers who brought accessibility to their constituents when it was neither cheap nor easy.
Unfortunately, many stations are in violation of the ADA and are at daily risk of a formal complaint or lawsuit. A complaint or lawsuit can be filed by ANY individual whether they are a local resident or not. This means your risk isn’t based on the litigiousness of your local residents, but that of lawyers elsewhere in your state or even in other states.
We collect the data on the amount of content your organization creates, including playback and streaming schedules. We utilize this data to gather customized, accurate quotes for your organization.
We canvas captioning providers from across the US and Internationally to generate custom quotes that incorporate the various types of solutions available. Together, with you, we compare the quotes, review the technologies used and results gained through each solution option.
We encourage testing your meeting content across each system to compare the accuracy. We believe comparing both quality and cost supports decision makers in determining which solution best fits the needs of your city.