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Why Closed Captioning? Section 508 Compliance

Section 508 first came to my attention in August following the publication of an article in EdWeek describing the increase in website accessibility complaints with the Department of Education. I began seeing more and it frequently comes up during different trainings I've attended or facilitated. Section 508 refers to an amendment to the Workplace Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that requires any information and technology that is developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government to be accessible to people with disabilities. Public schools that receive federal monies, such as Title I or e-rate funds are required to meet this standard for their websites, software, and electronic documents. 

The original Section 508 Standards were published in 2000 and got a much needed refresh earlier this month when the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) were adopted. Level A and Level AA are the expected success criteria. The rule goes into effect on March 20, 2017 and compl…