Hi everyone,

I am not sure if you all got this in your email.  But, I got this in email and I believe that this survey is very important for us to be part of.  We all fought for the Internet captioning of television shows.  The effective date for online videos that were originally shown on TV and not edited for Internet is Sept 30, 2012.

Please join this survey and share your thoughts.


Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

October 24, 2012

 Shaping An Accessible World

TDI is proud to announce that many of your favorite captioned television shows are now required to be captioned when they are shown online at various Internet websites and native mobile apps. This important benefit allows us to view TV programs on our computers and mobile devices as a result of The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).  
Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. 

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TDI and other consumer organizations continue to work closely with the FCC on behalf of the nation’s 49 million+ deaf and hard of hearing people to improve our access and overall experience with telecommunications and media. To help foster these improvements, we are attempting to gather as much information as we can about captioned Internet-delivered programming and to identify gaps in implementation. We will then share our findings with the FCC and the TV broadcast industry to help in the development and maintenance of quality captioning standards. This will also help the equipment manufacturers and TV program producers know whether their devices and/or software applications are meeting our user needs and expectations.

As part of this effort, we would like to submit as many survey forms as we can on compliance with the FCC’s rules. 
Please fill out this survey only once for each show per device. 
In other words, if you would like to submit information about your experience with two different shows or devices, please submit this survey form twice. You may fill out a new survey as many times as you would like, whenever you want to comment about an online video that needs to be captioned. 
We welcome surveys each time you see a problem that you want to report.  We would also welcome surveys whenever you see something good on one show that you want to see on other shows such as ease of access to controls or other “best practices.”


Any personal information we collect will only be used to contact you if we have a specific question or would like to follow up with you about your experience.

The survey is at:

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey.  Suggest you save this link as a bookmark on your browser.  The survey is also viewable on mobile devices.


  • Only new prerecorded full-length TV programming is currently covered under the CVAA.
  • At this time, video clips are not covered.
  • Live programming is not covered now, until March 30, 2013.
  • Prerecorded programming that has been edited for the Internet will be covered as of September 30, 2013.
  • Archival programming that aired on TV before the IP Captioning rules became effective will be covered as of March 30, 2014.
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Thank you for helping us shape an accessible world together!

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Claude L. Stout
TDI Executive Director


About Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.:

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 36 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book.  TDI administers the E911 Stakeholder Council, an ad-hoc group dedicated to increasing access to 9-1-1 and other emergency services, as well as the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN).  In odd numbered y!
ears, TDI hosts a biennial conference where consumers, industry leaders and government officials gather to discuss accessibility trends in technology.   For more information about TDI and to support its work, go to www.TDIforAccess.org.

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