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Accessibility Compliance & Legislation

Compliance with accessibility regulations ensures that people with visual or hearing impairments can access your video & audio content.

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What is accessibility compliance?

Inclusivity and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities.

Accessibility compliance refers to adhering to standards and legislations. By enacting accessibility legislation, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the European Accessibility Act (EAA), governments seek to create a more equitable and inclusive society.

These laws serve as a foundation for promoting diversity, reducing discrimination, and fostering a culture of accessibility and universal digital settings.

Who needs to be compliant?

Accessibility compliance is relevant to a broad range of entities involved in creating, distributing, or broadcasting media content.

Employers

Companies that produce internal training videos or other media content for employees need to consider accessibility to ensure that all their employees can access and benefit from the information.

Content Creators

Individuals or organisations that create media content, including videos and audio recordings, should consider accessibility. This includes closed captions, audio descriptions, and accessible visual content.

Broadcasters

TV networks and other broadcasting entities are often subject to regulations regarding accessibility. This includes requirements for closed captioning or providing audio descriptions for certain content.

Streaming Services

Online streaming platforms, video-sharing websites, and other digital content providers are typically subject to accessibility standards. This can involve ensuring that the media content is accessible.

Educational Institutions

Educational content, whether delivered in person or online, should be accessible to students with disabilities. This includes providing captioning for videos, transcripts, and audio descriptions.

Government Agencies

Government bodies responsible are often required to adhere to accessibility standards. This ensures that government information is accessible to all citizens.

Event Organisers

Events that involve media content should strive to make their content accessible. This may involve providing live captioning or sign language interpretation for presentations.

Advertisers and Marketers

Entities involved in creating advertising content, whether on traditional media or online platforms, should consider accessibility to reach a wider audience, including individuals with disabilities.

Media accessibility compliance lawsuits

Lawsuits are estimated to continue to increase.

In the US large organisations have been the main target of ADA accessibility lawsuits for years, but smaller companies (under $25 million revenue) received 77% of cases in the first half of 2023 alone.

In the European Union (EU), the deadline is June 28, 2025 for companies to act and ensure compliance with the European Accessibility Act (EAA). After the deadline, we can expect to start seeing accessibility lawsuits in the EU.

Accessibilty is not just being compliant.

Accessible media is not only a matter of compliance but also a means to create a more inclusive, diverse, and innovative society.

Inclusive Access

Accessible media ensures that individuals with disabilities have equal access to information, entertainment, and educational content. This fosters inclusivity and allows everyone to participate in various aspects of society.

Educational Opportunities

Accessible educational media allows individuals with disabilities to fully participate in learning activities. This can enhance educational outcomes and provide equal opportunities for people with diverse learning needs.

Diverse Audience Reach

By making media accessible, companies can reach a broader audience, including individuals with disabilities. This can lead to increased engagement and a more diverse and inclusive audience.

Enhanced User Experience

Accessible media content often leads to a better overall user experience for everyone, not just those with disabilities. Captions and audio description can benefit all users, regardless of their abilities.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Demonstrating a commitment to accessibility is a part of corporate social responsibility. Organisations contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society, positively impacting their brand image.

Positive Public Perception

Organizations that prioritize accessibility are often viewed positively by the public. This can lead to increased customer loyalty, support, and a positive image in the community.

How to become compliant?

Understand the user experience of individuals with disabilities.

41%
of videos are
incomprehensible without
sound or captions.
2.5B
by 2050 nearly 2.5 billion
people will have some
degree of hearing loss
2.2B
2.2 billion people have a
near or distance vision
impairment.
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Listening

Many people who are Deaf can read text well. They get the audio information from transcripts or captions. Some people prefer sign language.

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Seeing

Some people who are hard of hearing like to listen to the audio to hear what they can, and have captions to fill in what they can’t hear adequately.

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Processing

Some people who have difficulty processing auditory information also use captions. Many use transcripts so they can read at their own pace.

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Comprehending

Some people cannot focus and comprehend auditory or visual information when there are changing visuals. For most videos, they also need descriptive transcripts.

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Are you ready?!

The European Accessibility Act (EAA) is coming in 2025.


Your video and audio content needs to comply with the upcoming EAA legislation or you may be fined up to €100,000 for non-compliance with its standards.

Learn all the key information your business need to prepare and plan for the upcoming changes.

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Follow the accessibility standards & legislations.

Specific requirements vary based on regional laws and regulations. However, both the ADA in the US and EAA in the EU consider the WCAG guidelines as a best practice.

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American Disabilty Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a comprehensive civil rights law in the United States that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

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European Accessibility Act

The European Accessibility Act is a EU directive aimed at improving the accessibility of products and services for persons with disabilities.

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. WCAG is a set of guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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The information presented within this page and/or guide is aimed at organisations seeking to learn the ropes of media accessibility and is correct at the time of publishing. Updates may be made periodically in line with changes to laws and regulations. Technical elements around media accessibility are described and presented in as simplified a manner as possible. Our guides and pages have no legal bearing, and cannot be relied on in the case of litigation.

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Be part of creating a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable society.

With your audiences spending hours each day watching and listening media content, the media accessibility is a key aspect in creating inclusivity and equality.

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Accessibility

Be part of an inclusive, diverse, and equitable society. By building diverse and inclusive media content ensure that all people can access and benefit from your content.

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Awareness

Raise awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. Everyone, regardless of their abilities, should have equal opportunities.

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Inclusivity and diversity

Ensure that people with diverse abilities can equally enjoy and understand your media content. Promote a sense of belonging and inclusion within society.

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Accessibility teams

Subtitle, caption, transcribe, translate and provide audio descriptions for their media content.

Helping their audience to engage with inclusive videos and reaching global accessibility standards (ADA, EAA, WCAG).

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Learning & development teams

Automate multi-language subtitles, generate SRTs and burn captions in video. Get more accessible content out the door faster.

Accessibility Compliance: Subtitles, Closed Captions, Audio Descriptions, Audio Transcription

Is your business inclusive?

Find out if your videos are compliant with ADA , EAA or WCAG  standards and accessible for people with disabilities.

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Compliance teams

Use Subly to ensure compliance with standards and regulations (EAA, WCAG, ADA, 508).

Training & internal communication teams

Edit, translate, and subtitle videos to increase engagement & reach. Reduce the production timeline and create multiple language versions for accessible video training.

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