How the ADA Impacts Online Video Accessibility

This ebook examines the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through the lens of online video accessibility.People working on computers with video screens

Topics include:

  • ADA overview and legislative history
  • Landmark cases supporting captioning and audio description
  • Online video accessibility standards and best practices

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Excerpt

Does the ADA Apply to Online-Only Businesses?

In the past, a “place of public accommodation” was defined as a physical construction whose operation affects the global market. 

Before the internet became ubiquitous, it was assumed that the ADA applied only to physical structures, which excluded online-only businesses from ADA coverage.

However, recent lawsuits against private companies for inaccessible digital operations have broadened this definition and set precedents with crucial effects for online-only businesses–including ones that use video content.

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