DISABILITY RIGHTS

ABA provides greater accessibility to CLEs

American Bar Association CLE programming is now accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. All live webinars produced after Jan. 1 now include Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, commonly known as realtime captioning. On-demand programs produced after Jan. 1 now include closed captions.

New accessibility services support the ABA goal of eliminating bias and enhancing diversity.

New accessibility services support the ABA goal of eliminating bias and enhancing diversity.

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“Providing CART and captioning will allow lawyers and law students who are deaf or hard of hearing to equally and fully participate in the ABA’s webinars and on-demand programs,” said ABA President Judy Perry Martinez. “The ABA values its members with disabilities and works to ensure that its products are accessible and inclusive to all individuals.”

The new services support ABA Goal III, which works to eliminate bias and enhance diversity. It sets out to promote full and equal participation in the association, profession and justice system.

In addition, the ABA has approximately 135 CLE programs produced before this year that now have transcripts available, and of these, about 100 programs produced within the last two years will have closed captioning added to them. 

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