Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community

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Did you know that approximately 36 million American adults report some amount of hearing loss, and 2 to 3 of every 1,000 American children are born hard of hearing?

Without captions, 17% percent of American adults and millions of children do not have the same accessibility to information as the rest of the population. Captioning translates the spoken word into text, allowing people with hearing loss to enjoy television programs, entertainment DVDs, sporting events, and everything in-between.

The Americans Disabilities Act (ADA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provide mandates for closed captioning requirements on various forms of visual media. Visit our FAQ page to read more about the current laws regarding closed captioning.

For more information on how you can help to make sure your favorite TV show or event is accessible to everyone, please contact one of these advocacy groups:

      The Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provide mandates for closed captioning requirements on various forms of visual media. Visit ourFAQ page to read more about the current laws regarding closed captioning and check out the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments website to learn more about how you can expand accessibility to your audience.