What Does the CCVA Require?The CCVA added several new requirements to today’s accessibility laws so that users with disabilities can have access to digital technology, mobile technology, and broadband. It’s broken down into two separate areas:
- Broadband Related Products and Services
- Internet and Television Programming
Examples of Accessibility in EntertainmentOver the years, most companies have risen to the expectations detailed within these laws. Beyond that, new companies have risen up to meet the challenges preventing individuals with disabilities from enjoying certain forms of entertainment. Below are a few examples:
Theaters and Shows Offer Headphones for a Better Listening ExperienceHave you ever gone to a show and noticed some attendees are wearing headphones? It’s a trend that you’ll find on Broadway, as well as movie theaters and even live shows. It may seem like a simple touch, but these devices have given the hearing impaired an opportunity to enjoy audible entertainment on a whole new level. Many of these devices are now wireless and less cumbersome than ever before, while allowing users to never miss a beat.
Closed Caption GlassesYou’ve seen closed captioning on televisions and screens before. It’s a common practice that can be implemented through a simple setting on your cable programming or device. But did you know there are also closed caption glasses? Several years ago, Sony designed their high tech Entertainment Access Glasses, which project captions through the lenses so that they appear about 10-feet in front of the user. No more bulky devices; no delay between the scene and it’s caption. The glasses keep the pace with the production, creating a seamless experience.
Video Game Console SettingsSystems like Playstation 4 and Xbox One aren’t leaving their fans behind, either. From audio and visual components to mobility controls, they’re striving to make the user experience all-inclusive. XBox One, especially, has risen above and beyond closed captioning and magnification settings. In addition to these services, users can now:
- Access ASL Support
- Use a Screen Reader to Narrate Text Content and Action Buttons
- Implement Game Chat Transcription
- Use Cortana Voice Command to Initiate Actions
- Copilot Using 2 Controllers to Accommodate Limited Mobility