Website accessibility in the hot seat

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe captioning firm VITAC posted an article on Sept. 26 that addresses recent issues surrounding website accessibility and how it is enforced through the ADA.

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Protecting the rights of people with disabilities is not optional

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyAn opinion piece posted Sept. 26 by the Washington Post takes issue with a bill recently advanced in Congress called the ADA Education and Reform Act, noting that it would make the ADA much harder to enforce.

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NCRA members help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Jana Colter holds the Captioning Matters banner

On June 13, NCRA members Jana B. Colter, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Louisville, Ky., and Kerry Anderson, RPR, Atlanta, Ga., participated in the ADA25 Georgia Legacy Parade celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Colter, a captioner who also serves as co-chair of NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee, and Anderson, a CART provider and captioner who also serves as an NCRA Director, marched in the parade and carried a banner that read “Captioning Matters.” Both say that participating in the event not only celebrated 25 years of the ADA but also placed a greater awareness on the achievements the Act has provided for those living with disabilities.

JanaADA2The march ended with a celebratory presentation in a nearby park.

Colter said she became involved in the event as a result of her captioning for Brenda Brueggemann, a faculty member at the University of Louisville. Brueggemann currently serves as program chair for the 2015 Society for Disability Studies annual conference and is the group’s incoming president. She is also scheduled to lead the session, Composing Sound—A Workshop on Creative and Critical Thinking, during the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo being held in New York City, July 31-Aug. 2.

Kaplan sued under ADA

A Florida student who is deaf is suing Kaplan Educational Centers for refusing to provide an interpreter for the LSAT preparation course, according to a Sept. 18 article in the Daily Business Review based in South Florida. The student filed the suit in Fort Lauderdale, claiming Kaplan’s refusal violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the article, Kaplan offered the student access to an online LSAT course, which included captions, but the student informed Kaplan that he learns better by taking courses in person. He requested an American Sign Language interpreter and a note-taker to make the course accessible.

“NCRA strongly believes that accommodations made under the Americans with Disabilities Act should meet the needs of the person with the disability, whether that person prefers an American Sign Language interpreter or a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translations) provider or another type of assistance,” says Adam Finkel, NCRA’s Assistant Director of Government Relations.