I fully support IMDb implementing guidelines from the American Disability Act for not only the hearing impaired, but for the visually and other physically impaired individuals.
Please review and like (+1) my suggestion if you agree.
ADA Comment for Visually Impaired
The legislation that requires closed captioning for videos is part of the CVAA.
This is a summary of the CVAA:
21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video
Accessibility Act of 2010 - Pub. L. 111-260
This is an index of the laws and regulations.
Disability-related laws and regulations implemented by the FCC
This is the section of the regulations regarding closed captioning. I've quoted the section regarding deadlines for video programming on the internet.
Captioning of Internet Video Programming
Archival Internet Video Programming
The following deadlines apply to video programming that a distributor already shows on the Internet. Distributors have extra time to add captions to video programming that they already show on the Internet and that is later shown on TV with captions, as follows:
- Within 45 days after the date it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2014 and before March 30, 2015;
- Within 30 days after the date it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2015 and before March 30, 2016; and
- Within 15 days after the date it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2016.
I truly feel that EVERY film trailer on a site the size of IMDb should have the option to turn on Closed Captioning! Period.
And every Film or TV show should have basic English subtitles.
It would be awesome to start adding subs for other countries, too. Everyone deserves to enjoy a trailer clip or a film equally- regardless of our (dis)abilities!
As a deaf person I rely so much on closed captioning, you guys have LONG time to fix this, and yet I still don’t see anything! I will continue to make noise if you have not done yet so! This is basically a violation against the very basic human rights for the deaf community! Please ADD! Also I realized I have two accounts sorry about that I will use this one from now on.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you as a British Sign Language user and on behalf of all Deaf people. I am disappointed about the lack of subtitles or closed captioning on all of your movie trailers that are released.
This makes us feel that we are being excluded and as your customers we are being ignored and not valued. It means we cannot access information that everyone else can about the content of the forthcoming movies.
Please can you review this, in order to give us the same experience as your other customers who are not Deaf.
I was trying to actually just get this message to whoever runs the pages, but hopefully one of you can help. Do you happen to know if the trailers for films and shows can be closed captioned? If so, how do I activate them? If not, could we have this addressed?
Why on earth aren't your trailers Closed Captioned? 1 in 20 people is Hard of Hearing or Deaf enough to need Closed Captions. Everything aired on TV in US and Canada (unsure about other places) is REQUIRED to have captions, why doesn't IMDb hold themselves to these standards, or at least provide CC to popular videos? Choosing to provide no CC at all shows complete disregard for the large Deaf community.