Wilton Manors officials have temporarily suspended the online posting of commission meeting videos. The city clerk is still providing recordings of the meeting upon request.
The decision comes after a “deaf South Florida man is suing the Legislature because it doesn’t provide closed captioning for its ‘online live streaming and archived videos of legislative proceedings,’” according to Florida Politics. Wilton Manors officials are working on bringing the videos back with closed captions.
“The National Association of The Deaf and Eddie Sierra filed a federal lawsuit this week in Miami against the state, the Florida Senate and House, Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, as well as the Florida State University Board of Trustees and FSU President John Thrasher,” wrote Florida Politics. “The plaintiffs seek a court order ‘to ensure that the live streamed and archived audio/video content of legislative proceedings is fully accessible to, and independently usable by, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.’”
City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said the city is also having technical difficulties with the videos. She said new videos might be posted online within a few weeks or a couple months. She was unable to give a more specific date of when the new videos would be back online.
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