The 2015 Year in Review

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. Many things were happening in the past couple years.

I was working on my new book that I published earlier this year – one of achievements in my life that I’m proud of. The book is called “Sound Is Not Enough: Captioning as Universal Design” and is geared towards business owners, media producers, event organizers, educators, employers. Check it out and tell organizations and professionals who may need it.

This year I attended conferences (and presented at some of them), all of which were accessible not only via sign language interpreters for me, but also for the whole audience via open live captions during all tracks which is wonderful. I’m glad that event organizers listened to my advice and recommendations on quality providers. I would like to see this type of access at more events and conferences.

Some other highlights of this year:

  • Several new software packages by Open Steno Project for those who provide steno captioning or want to learn it. Check for updates on their Plover Blog.
  • Broadway debuted Spring Awakening play in ASL with some deaf actors. Some performances that are open captioned on selected dates for a wider audience.
  • Portland became the first city to require closed captions on all public TVs in bars, restaurants, hospitals, etc.
  • Nyle DiMarco became the first deaf model to win American Next Top Model.
  • White House has a new receptionist who is deaf – Leah Katz-Hernandez.

While I did not write blog posts on this website this year, I wrote some in other places. I would like to share a couple I published in LinkedIn:

There are some new blog posts coming in starting next month. To get more deafness, hearing loss, and communication access related information, you can do the following:

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season and wishing you happy New Year!