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Apple Committed to Captioning of iTunes Movies and TV Shows

Monday, June 17, 2013

  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)
  • Source: CALegalAdvocates (Decommissioned) >

For more than 20 years, Apple has been committed to accessibility across its products and services. Apple has led the industry in developing tools for networks and studios to easily deliver their content with top–quality closed captioning, which works seamlessly across various devices. Nearly all new movies and TV shows in iTunes already offer closed captioning, and by March 2014 the vast majority of the iTunes catalog will offer closed captioning. Apple is committed to working with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) to ensure that iTunes TV and movie offerings will contain closed captioning or subtitles, with every movie and TV episode in the iTunes catalog captioned or subtitled, by June 2015. The NAD was established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. Founded in 1979, by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national law and policy center, based in Berkeley, CA, dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. Contacts: Lizzie Sorkin, Director of Communications 301-830-5511 Ingrid Tischer, Director of Development 510-644-2555 ext.5241

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