Update on Support for Completion of Captioned Radio

June 6, 2011 in Advocacy & Access
Update on Support for Completion of Captioned Radio

 

By Cheryl Heppner

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ve attached a photo to this email that will give you an idea of what captioned radio looks like in a demonstration with a radio from Sony. If you can’t receive or open the attachment, you can see a smaller version on the NVRC website at http://www.nvrc.org/help-make-captioned-radio-a-reality.

 

In less than two weeks Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) have had an outstanding response to their request for organizations and individuals to sign on to a letter to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This letter requested funding from CPB to complete the Captioned Radio Pilot Project developed by National Public Radio (NPR) and Towson University.

 

On Monday, May 23, 2011 the letter was sent to CPB from 49 national, state and local organizations and 131 individual supporters of the captioned radio project.

 

Just three days after sending the letter to CPB, an additional 232 individuals had signed on to support the letter. Their signatures were sent to CPB in a follow-up letter on Thursday. In addition, three more organizations expressed their desire to be added.

 

The support has been awesome! On Thursday, May 26 we had a total of 363 individual signatures and we now need just 137 more to crack the 500 mark. If you haven’t yet signed and would like to help us reach 500, you can read the letter and become a supporter in a snap at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Captionedradiosupport.