Tag Archives: emergency preparedness

Why NO Live Captions During Online Emergency Announcements?

Red bar saying "Where are captions?!" on a viral video about a not qualified interpreter in an yellow shirt during an emergency announcement about Irma

There was a video by Fox 13 News Tampa Bay via Facebook yesterday that featured a man in a bright yellow shirt what turned out to be not a professional interpreter but someone who knew some ASL. This caused a big furor in the Deaf community.

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No Captions for Many Online Videos About Hurricane Matthew

Earlier this year a blizzard hit the east coast of USA and emergency announcements were posted not only on TV, but also online. Most of TV announcements were captioned and also sign language interpreters were included. However, most of online videos with announcements were NOT captioned. The majority of deaf and hard of hearing people does not know or understand sign language and relies on captioning.

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