September 21, 2010 · Filed Under Events and News 

Closed captioning is now available on cablecasts and webcasts of Fort Worth City Council and Pre-Council meetings, another step toward ensuring equal access to municipal communications.

Here’s how it works:

  • Webcast – At, viewers can see live and recorded webcasts of Council meetings. A small button with the closed-captioning logo – CC – appears in the bottom left corner of the window. When this button is clicked, a text box opens below the video to display captioning. This text box does not obstruct the video. Please note that closed captioning is available on webcasts and recordings of Council meetings beginning Sept. 14, 2010.
  • Cablecast – Closed captioning is typically displayed at the bottom of the TV screen and becomes visible when the user activates the closed-captioning decoder, available in all TV sets manufactured after 1993. For  TVs manufactured before 1993, a stand-alone decoder can be purchased. Please note that Council and Pre-Council meetings are cablecast live and are periodically replayed on the City’s Municipal Channel, which is available in certain packages offered by these providers: AT&T (Uverse), Charter, One Source and Verizon.

In 2009, the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission (HRC) recommended that the city’s website be made accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community by including closed captioning for the website’s videos and by providing American Sign Language (ASL) services online. On Feb. 3, 2009, the City Council adopted a resolution accepting the HRC’s recommendation.


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