The terms speech recognition and voice recognition are popping up more and more frequently in news articles and social media. The development of these technologies have given us tools and digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, and Apple’s Siri and have made content more accessible to everyone. While the terms speech recognition and voice recognition are often used interchangeably, there are key differences between the two that are important to understand.
In this final segment on PEG channels and closed captioning, we will recap the FCC and ADA requirements for providing accessibility as well as what things you can and need to do to determine your exemption and other options for providing accessibility.
Part 1 of this series, was about accessibility regulations for Public Educational and Government (PEG) Channels, focusing on what a PEG access channel is, and what the FCC requirements are for closed captioning. This post will cover what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are for closed captions regarding PEG access channels and what steps are necessary to take to qualify for exemption.
For many PEG channels it can often be confusing to understand what their closed captioning obligations are. The FCC and the ADA have regulations for closed captioning, each with their own set of standards. This is the first of a three part series focusing on what the regulations for closed captioning are for PEG channels and the steps taken to avoid fines and provide accessible content for all viewers.
From providing basic communication for the Deaf or hard of hearing to helping develop reading skills for children or ESL viewers closed captions are more useful than many people think.