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Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

Did You Know?

Overall, the Internet is becoming less accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Most Internet resources, since they are visual in nature, are accessible to most people with hearing impairments. As the Internet incorporates more multi-media features, however, barriers are being erected. When Web sites include audio output without providing text captioning or transcription for those who cannot hear the sounds, this group of individuals is denied access to the information.