Settlement Improves Communication Access at Two California Campuses

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the University of California settled a federal class-action lawsuit by agreeing to give deaf and hard-of-hearing students at its Berkeley and Davis campuses more control over the communication access services they receive under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In Siddiqi v. Regents, the plaintiffs charged that the university failed to make reasonable accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing students as required by the ADA. Previously, students had to select either the use of sign language interpreters or CART providers during lectures. Now, with the settlement, students may use both sign language interpreters and CART providers at the same time. Moreover, the university must install assistive listening technology, such as closed captioning equipment, in all classrooms that seat 50 or more people.

New Online Video Accessible to Deaf and Fully Searchable

New, synchronized text and video makes online video content fully searchable and accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing students and consumers. Caption Crew is now offering a solution for online video and audio content that does more than allow persons with hearing loss to have equal access. Many colleges, universities, businesses and governmental bodies are realizing the benefits of having synchronized searchable transcripts of their video and audio files.