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October Newsletter


Please note that our meeting for tonight, Tuesday, October 30, has been cancelled. 

Stay safe, and hope to see you next month!

A Step Toward Equal Access on the Internet

The new FCC regulations regarding closed captioning of televised content distributed by internet went into effect on September 30, 2012. According to the FCC website, captioning must now be made available for all programs meeting the following criteria:

• Programming that is shown on television with closed captions on or after September 30, 2012

• Programming that is added to the online distributor’s inventory on or after September 30, 2012

• Programming that is not substantially edited for the Internet.


Some other types of televised programming ported to the internet that were not included in this deadline will also have to be captioned over the next few years.  The FCC is also requiring by January 1, 2014, that any device designed to play back video programming with sound (think tablets and smartphones) will have to contain the technology required to translate the captioning into text on the screen, similar to the ruling regarding the inclusion of the decoder chip in larger televisions since the 1990’s, but without the restriction on screen size. Additionally, Netflix has agreed to provide closed captioning on 100% of its streaming content within 2 years following a lawsuit in Massachusetts. As more and more of us are getting our news, weather, and entertainment from the internet, closed captioning online and on these new devices will become more and more important. Watch any online weather reports this weekend? This is a great step forward toward equal access to media online.


In addition to this new ruling, remember the captions are already available on your TV. Turning on the captions has been shown to help children with learning to read. It can also expose children and adults already reading to new vocabulary and improve their spelling. Most kids are more motivated to read if the content relates to their favorite characters and shows, and turning on the captions can add some educational value to the time they are already spending with those characters.

In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Buy some great coffee
  • October Meeting Cancelled
  • A Step Toward Equal Access on the Internet

Our next chapter meeting will be November 27 at 6PM at TLK Academy in Peoples Plaza, Glasgow.  Child care can be provided on request.  We have the complete meeting schedule for 2012 on our website. 

Great Coffee for a Great Cause

The Good Java Company
The Good Java Company in Lancaster, PA sells USDA Certified Organic Fair Trade Coffee.  It is a great product, and one you can feel good about.  


Delaware Families for Hands & Voices will receive $0.50 per 8 ounce bag our friends purchase.  In order for us to receive the donation, you must enter “Hands and Voices” in the sales code box at checkout.  


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