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House Passes Social Media Emergency Response Bill

July 2014 – With the continuous growth of emergency response on social media, the House passed the Social Media Working Group Act of 2014 [HR 4263] allowing the Department of Homeland Security to establish social media use standards in the event of terrorist attacks. The bill encourages the federal government to communicate with citizens by establishing a social media working group to report emergency preparedness support technologies, social media response activity, and social media use recommendations to DHS and Congress. Bill sponsor, Rep.

Virtual Town Hall on Accessibility and Universal Design

May 2014 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Council on Disability (NCD) is holding a virtual town hall online to open dialogue regarding the importance of accessibility/usability as it relates to technology and universal design in newer “workplace technology products.” The virtual town hall, "Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media — The Tech Industry Perspective," will take place from May 15th through May 30th.

Disability and the Media: A Community Dialogue

The Disability, Education, and Advocacy Network of WNY will host “Disability and the Media: A Community Dialogue,” a conference to discuss representation and empowerment of people with disabilities in traditional and social media. The conference will be held on October 24, 2013 at the University of Buffalo and the Museum of disability History in Buffalo, New York.  The conference will feature many speakers including Dr. Beth Haller of Towson University, who will discuss “Disability Advocacy in the New Media Environment,” and Dr. Ezra B. Zubrow of the University of Buffalo, who will highlight global media representation of people with disabilities.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

A Toolkit to Improve the Accessibility of Social Media in Government

February 28, 2013— The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy launched the new Federal Social Media Accessibility Working Group whose initiative is to evaluate and provide solutions for overcoming the challenges of accessibility of social media platforms and the content posted on same. The first resource developed and released by the working group is an evolving toolkit that provides guidance and baseline standards for agencies and companies to ensure their social content is accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities.

YouTube Captioning in Six More Languages

November 28, 2012—YouTube announced that automatic captioning will be available for YouTube videos in six languages: German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Dutch. This is in addition to the closed captioning already provided for English, Japanese, Korean and Spanish videos. YouTube acknowledges that there will be some errors with automatic captioning but that there are tools the content creators can use to improve the quality of their captions.


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