On November 19, 2021, the FCC announced the Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Closed Captioning scheduled for December 2, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm ET.  The Forum will explore the state of closed captioning availability for online video programming and discuss ways to enhance accessibility. The Forum also will explore current and prospective best practices and other efforts that could enhance the availability of closed captioning online.

This is a public online event and will be captioned and sign language interpreted via www.fcc.gov/live.  Additional reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request by emailing FCC504@fcc.gov or calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice).

The public and interested stakeholders will be able to engage in this discussion by sending questions during the event to livequestions@fcc.gov.  An agenda and more materials will be available on the events page.

Event Link to the Forum:
URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2021/12/video-programming-accessibility-forum-online-closed-captioning  

Public Notice:
URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-forum-accessibility-online-video-programming  
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1452A1.docx
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1452A1.pdf
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1452A1.txt

General information about the FCC’s IP closed captioning requirements is available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/closed-captioning-video-programming-delivered-using-internet-protocol-ip.   For specific questions, please contact Joshua Mendelsohn, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC, at joshua.mendelsohn@fcc.gov or Diana Sokolow, Attorney Advisor, Policy Division, Media Bureau, FCC, at diana.sokolow@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call Joshua Mendelsohn or the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Friday, November 19, 2021