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NCRA works with FCC on captioning quality

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, NCRA executive director & CEO Jim Cudahy, CAE, NCRA assistant director of government relations Adam Finkel, government relations specialist Brandon Schall, PLC, and outside legislative counsel Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC, met with several officials at the Federal Communications Commission to discuss upcoming regulations related to captioning quality. NCRA’s captioning community of interest developed a list of best practices that have been vetted by many broadcast captioners, captioning companies, and key alliances in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. NCRA is hopeful that final regulations will be implemented in early 2014.

NCRA recently launched, a website that offers useful information for consumers of all captioning services, as well as the content creators, content providers, and all other individuals, companies, and organizations. The website also provides NCRA’s draft best practices on how to provide quality captions for television viewers. It will also provide the latest information related to captioning, including news, regulatory updates, legislative updates, videos, and other content of interest.

The website was built as part of a campaign to create greater recognition of the importance of quality captioning.  The campaign will seek to impart the numerous benefits of captions, such as raising reading levels for schoolchildren and aiding individuals who are learning English as a second language.

Please contact NCRA assistant director of government relations Adam Finkel if you have any questions.