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National Associations of the Deaf are national bodies that represent Deaf people and the Deaf community in their respective countries. They are usually members of the World Federation of the Deaf and advocate for sign language..
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Netflix has settled a court case brought against it by the National Association for the Deaf and other disability rights advocates, agreeing to a consent decree that will require it to have closed captions for all of its videos by October 2014. Before it reaches that point, Netflix will allow its users to specifically search for closed captioned content on its website.
Netflix may soon need to begin offering closed-captioning on its video-streaming website, following a ruling in the U. S. District Court this week.
Lawyers representing the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) aren’t quite sure what proportion of Netflix’s streaming content is available with captions—but they’re sure it’s not enough. The NAD claims that by only maintaining a tiny slice of captioned titles, Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.
CNN isn’t the only company being targeted by rights activists for lack of captions in its video streams; Netflix also is being taken to court over not providing accessible videos for the hearing impaired. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) accused Netflix of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing captions for most of its streaming videos.