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Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

Friday, September 23, 2016One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National

California school district sued over disciplinary practices

Monday, August 1, 2016The East County NAACP sued the Antioch Unified School District in the East Bay Area on July 6 for allegedly failing to meet the terms of an agreement announced 16 months ago. Under that agreement the District would be forced…

NY court rules with disability activists in assisted suicide case

Friday, May 20, 2016Echoing the arguments of an amicus brief filed by 11 disability rights groups, a New York state court has rejected a challenge to the state’s ban on physician-assisted suicide, finding that any future changes in the law must…

Complaint demands accessible Medicaid and Medicare documentation

Monday, February 22, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals sued the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in federal court February 10, calling on the agency to make its documentation, including key materials relating to benefit changes and denials, accessible…

Gogo to make its in-flight video services closed captioned

Monday, February 1, 2016The National Association of the Deaf announced January 26 a first-of-its kind agreement with Gogo LLC, requiring the in-flight entertainment company to make its services accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “This is a monumental step…

Disability rights groups weigh in on New York assisted suicide case

Friday, January 15, 2016Eleven disability rights groups, led by Not Dead Yet, filed an amicus brief in support of a recent court decision, currently on appeal, dismissing a challenge to New York State’s physician-assisted suicide law. “Our basic position is that…

Amazon agrees to expand catalog of closed captioned films

Saturday, October 17, 2015The National Association of the Deaf and Amazon.com announced an agreement October 14 to expand the online retailer’s collection of film equipped with closed captioning services to more than 190,000 titles. “This is an enormous step in making online entertainment…

CA agency: Uber failing to provide accessibility information

Wednesday, August 5, 2015Uber may face suspension in its home state for failing to provide data on its efforts to make its ride-sharing services accessible for people with disabilities. In 2013, California became the first state to enact regulations for ride-sharing companies, which,…

California assisted suicide measure passes Senate

Monday, June 22, 2015The California Senate approved by a 23-14 vote June 4 a measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide, much to the disappointment of a large coalition of disability rights activists strongly opposed to the measure. The bill, SB 128, received a…

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