As a deaf person, I find my iPhone (or any smartphone in general) an amazing universal gadget that benefits everyone regardless of abilities. I would like to share the top 3 things about a smartphone that puts me on a level playing field with my hearing peers. It is especially important when it comes to Christmas and holidays in general because many deaf and hard of hearing people often feel left out due to the lack of communication and information access to media and at social gatherings.
Many know that National Association of the Deaf (NAD) sued Netflix in 2011 for not captioning their streaming videos. Even after starting to caption more online videos after this, Netflix continues to let down deaf and hard of hearing people that make up over 50 million in USA.
When creating and reading captions for media and events, they are more than just text. It’s important that they are easy to read. Right font size, weight, contrast, type, placement are critical for readability – in the same way right intonation and articulation are important for making speech intelligible.
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