MIT Will Caption Online Videos

MIT Will Caption Online Videos

MIT, Responding to Discrimination Lawsuit, Will Caption Online Videos
Agreement is part of a settlement in suit on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has agreed to provide captions for more of its publicly available online videos as part of a settlement announced this week, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit accused the school of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

A similar deal was reached in recent months in a lawsuit against Harvard University by the National Association of the Deaf, which said both schools discriminated against people with hearing disabilities by not adequately or accurately captioning videos of lectures and other programs it posts online.

“Why would you not make your content accessible to everyone?” said Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the association. “We want to make sure that moving forward all the universities and colleges make themselves aware.”

The lawsuits, filed against MIT and Harvard in 2015, said people who were deaf or hard or hearing couldn’t benefit from the schools’ wealth of online educational resources because they had inaccurate captions or none at all.

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