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Are you:

  • an employer;
  • an educator;
  • a media owner/producer; or
  • an event organizer?

If you are one or more of above, you need to make sure that your aural information is fully accessible to those who cannot hear or understand it.

There is a wide range of services that provide quality communication access to individuals with hearing loss in various areas of their lives – events, education, employment:

  • Recorded videos and podcasts:
    You can make them accessible via captions and transcripts (that are human-made, same-language, and of good quality).
  • Streaming videos and webcasts:
    You can make them accessible via live CART captions (that are provided by professional human steno captioners).
  • Live events (conferences, workshops, classes, work meetings, etc):
    You can make them accessible via live CART captions and/or other types of communication access services (such as sign language interpreters, cued speech transliterators, etc) – depending on a type of an event and on communication needs and abilities of deaf and hard of hearing attendees.

Full and equal communication access is very important for deaf and hard of hearing people to make them feel included and enable them to enjoy events and to contribute to mainstream society on the equal basis with hearing peers.

Not all services are a one size fit for everyone or every event. Not all deaf/hoh people use sign language or can lipread everything. Someone with limited signing or typing skills is NOT qualified to assist a deaf/hoh person at a formal event. Only professional interpreters and captioners can provide good quality communication access.

  • Videos and podcasts:
    You can make them accessible via captions and transcripts.
  • Streaming videos and webcasts:
    You can make them accessible by adding live captions.
  • Live events:
    You can make them accessible via CART services and ask deaf and hard of hearing attendees if they need additional technologies and services.
  • Speech to text transcription:
    If you are thinking about a new career, you can be trained to become a CART writer. Court reporting is one of the fastest growing professions.
  • Visual language interpreting:
    If you are interested in visual languages, you can get training to become an interpreter.

Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling with speaker identifications and sound descriptions are part of best practices – they are as important in audio transcription to clarify content as voice intonation and good enunciation are in oral speech.

Full communication accessibility is very important for deaf and hard of hearing people to make them feel included and enable them to enjoy the events and to contribute to the mainstream society on the equal basis with hearing peers.

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Full and equal communication access is very important for deaf and hard of hearing people to make them feel included and enable them to enjoy the events and to contribute to the mainstream society on the equal basis with hearing peers. There is a wide range of services that provide communication accessibility to individuals with hearing loss in the USA in various areas of their lives – events, education, employment. Not all services are one size fit for everyone or every event. Not all deaf/hoh people use sign language or can lipread everything. Someone with limited signing or typing skills is NOT qualified to assist a deaf/hoh person at a formal event. Only professional interpreters and captioners can provide good quality communication access.