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Comment Deadline for Proposed Rule Amendment on VRS Interoperability and Portability Standards

August 31, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Technology

 

 

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeking comment on strengthening the Commission’s requirements for the interoperability and portability of video relay services (VRS). 

The Bureau set the deadline for filing comments 21 days after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.  A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2016, which established a deadline of September 14, 2016.  The Bureau announced this deadline by Public Notice released on August 25, 2016.

Links to the Public Notice:

Word:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.doc
PDF:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.txt

Links to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (corrected):

Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.doc
PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.txt

For more information, contact:  Eliot Greenwald, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at 202-418-2235 or Eliot.Greenwald@fcc.gov, or Robert Aldrich, CGB, at 202-418-0996 orRobert.Aldrich@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.

Minnesota’s New Closed Captioning Law Takes Effect

August 4, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Legislation

 

August 1, 2016
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Bulletin

Good news!  Starting today, August 1st, Minnesota’s new closed captioning law goes into effect.  As of now, closed captioning is required to be kept on at all times in certain medical facilities.

The law applies to waiting rooms in hospitals, surgical centers, birth centers and some group homes.  The group homes affected are those that provide housing, meals and services to five or more people who are developmentally or physically disabled, chemically dependent or mentally ill.

Read more  . . . or view Signed/Captioned Video

CAPTION STUDIES CONFERENCE SOON! – Aug. 1st-2nd

July 14, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay

 

ccaccaptionuniversally

July 14, 2016

Caption Studies Conference August 1 & 2
Online Free And Captioned Too
Don’t Wait Or Hesitate
Don’t  Be Late Or Miss The Date

Register Now And Tune In From Anyplace On The Days
Make Note Of Conference Time Zone (PDT) And Your Own

First Conference Like This Ever!

Happy to be part of it with many CCAC members and others with thanks to CCAC member GZ who is Conference Chair, Western Oregon University, Strada Captioning, and all others involved and presenting

Go To captionstudies.wou.edu Now to read about it, see the two day schedule, presenters page, and find the easy to submit registration form

– Place To Be For Captioning Advocacy

Any Questions: CCACaptioning@Gmail.Com

REMEMBER THIS: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE DEAF TO LOVE CAPTIONING!

 

Save the Date: 2017 Biennial TDI Conference in Bethesda on July 27-29!

June 30, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Community Events, Employment

 

TDI is proud to announce the upcoming 22nd Biennial TDI Conference to take place in Bethesda, Maryland on July 27-29, tdi_square2017.

Save the date and start making plans!  All of us at TDI hope to see you there for this occasion.

The conference will take place on July 27-29, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.

More information on TDI website

FCC Reinstates InnoCaption Conditional Certification for IP CTS

June 23, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

 

 

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted the suspension of the conditional certification of InnoCaption to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS).

In April of 2015, CGB suspended InnoCaption’s conditional certification to provide IP CTS because InnoCaption failed to provide 911 calling to emergency services as required by the FCC’s rules.  During the period of suspension, InnoCaption took steps to fix its service so it could handle 911 calls.  In the Order adopted today, CGB concludes that InnoCaption is now capable of handling 911 calls through its IP CTS service in compliance with the FCC’s rules.  As a result, InnoCaption is permitted to resume providing IP CTS.

The link(s) for the document are as follows:

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-699A1.docx

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-699A1.pdf

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-699A1.txt

For further information contact Eliot Greenwald at eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov or 202-418-2235.

TDI seeks Product Manager for a Speech-to-Text Captioning/Caption Correction Project

May 19, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Employment

 

 

TDI is seeking a talented and versatile Product Manager to lead the development of a Speech-to-Text Captioning/Caption Correction product.  The ideal candidate will have a strong, clear commitment to meeting the purpose, goals, and timelines.  The product seeks to create scalable access to low-cost, accurate captions for live events by combining speech-to-text technology with real-time caption corrections made by designated peers.  These services will allow event participants (who have permission), to make corrections to captions in real-time during events.  Everyone viewing the captions, will see the corrected captions instantly.  This technology enables the provision of highly accurate, low-cost, captioning services wherever the use of professional captioning services are not logistically, technically, or financially feasible.  TDI has a subcontract with IDEAL Group, Inc. to develop, implement, and maintain the captioning service.  The web-based service will be accessible using Internet-connected devices running a variety of operating systems.

Announcement on TDI website:  https://tdiforaccess.org/job/product-manager/

DOWNLOAD – TDI position announcement, Product Manager, TDI’s Speech-to-Text Captioning Project, May 1, 2016

Caption Studies 2016 Conference – Aug 1st-2nd, 2016 (Online!)

May 17, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

The online conference is planned for days in August 2016: Monday, August 1st, and Tuesday, August 2nd. A face-to-face conference for two days in late July, 2017, at Western Oregon University. For more information, follow this link.

The online conference will take place from noon through 5 pm PST on both days. Registration (free) will be required in order to participate. This will help us better organize and respond in the future as well as give us a sense of the community participation.

Conference’s Purpose

Having spoken with many people as the conference organization has gone forward, it’s clear that the captioning community is positive, engaged, and constructive. Rather than lament the flood of bad captions or the dearth of quality captions, we want to promote what is health, interesting, strong, and engaging in the captioning community. This means having time to share and connect with people from different parts of the captioning community.

Read more  . . . http://captionstudies.wou.edu

Breaking News: Deaf People Fly Too

May 6, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Transportation

 

 

Huffington Post – The Blog
By Alexis Ander Kashar
05/05/2016
A civil rights attorney/ technology strategist creating a better world through technology.

1. Deaf People Travel Too. There are an estimated 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in America. The number of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and people with other disabilities worldwide is equal to the population of China. This does NOT include the number of friends and family including children who travel with us.

2. We Would Like to Access Onboard Entertainment Too.   • • • more

Read more   . . . Flying while Deaf

STAR VRS has announced it will close it’s VRS service March 31st

March 3, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

In a letter to the FCC:

The group for Star YRS and Star VRS for the Deaf Blind (“Star VRSdb”) (collectively “CAAG/Star VRS”) informing  the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that CAAG/Star YRS will no longer provide video relay services (“YRS”) as of 5:00PM (EST) on March 31, 2016 and will immediately cease enrolling new YRS customers.

Read letter to the FCC 

See captioned ASL Video of announcement 

 

Part Time Job- District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator

March 1, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

Hamilton Relay is currently seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the position of “District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator – Part Time”.  Below is a link to the job posting and on-line application.  Please feel free to share this with anyone that may be interested.

District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator – Part Time

 

NAD and Gogo Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

January 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay

 

 

Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos.  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

This is the first agreement of its kind with an in-flight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on U.S. domestic flights.  Passengers using their own personal Wi-Fi enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.

Read entire  . . .NAD  Press Release

 

Related Articles: Gogo and US Deaf group agree landmark captioning deal

New to Virginia! Remote Conference Captioning

January 14, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

Never miss a word of an important conference call again!

New to Virginia Relay users, Remote Conference Captioning (RCC) allows people who have difficulty hearing what’s said during conference calls to have a clearer understanding of the conversation and participate in the call more effectively. Using Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) service to convert speech to text as it is spoken, RCC delivers word- for-word captions over the Internet while you listen over the telephone.

To use RCC, you will need access to a conference bridge to allow the certified captionist to listen to the audio portion of the call. You will also need access to an Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. There is no software to download, just a link to follow to view captions!

DOWNLOAD the RCC flyer

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Open Captioned Screening – Dec 19 UPDATED

December 17, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events

 

 

IMPORTANT! Due to high demand from deaf moviegoers, a SECOND open captioned screening will be added for Saturday, December 19th! The second OC screening is at 9:40 PM (right after the 6:00 PM one). Tickets are available to buy right now! See
See Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/195593857449787/

If you already have tickets to the 6:00 PM screening, you are all set. But if you know friends or family who wanted to go to the screening, let them know about the 9:40 PM one!

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be open captioned at Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington, DC
December 19th (Saturday) at 6:00 PM.

Tickets are available online right now to purchase in advance!
With the screening on opening weekend, it will likely sell out between now and then. It is highly recommended to get your tickets now and to get to the theater early on that day to get good seats.

Instructions follow:

  1. Go to the theater website: http://www.regmovies.com/Theatres/Theatre-Folder/Regal-Gallery-Place-Stadium-14-7719
  2. Change the date to 12/19/15
  3. Select the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 6:00 PM time that says “OC” (Open Captions) under Amenities next to it
  4. Buy your tickets!

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Courtesy of –Erik Nordlof – Thanks

GLIDE – With Captions – YouTube message

December 16, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology

 

 

Published on Dec 29, 2014

Youtube videos are not accessible to everyone, adding closed captions to videos will make them accessible to millions of more people. Share this video on social media, tag your favorite creator and help make your favorite videos enjoyable for everyone! #withcaptions

https://twitter.com/sarahglide

Thank you to everyone that participated:
Rikki Poynter – https://www.youtube.com/user/rikkipoy…
Jason Listman – https://www.youtube.com/user/lankylis…
Jules Dameron – https://www.youtube.com/user/JuliaDam…
Nyle DiMarco
Sandra Frank
Amber Zion
Laurel Silverstein
Dickie Hearts
Leila Hanaumi
Daniel Durant
Sean Forbes – https://www.youtube.com/user/seanforbes
Treshelle Edmond
Amelia Hensley
Heidi Branch – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDG4…
Erik Wittborg – https://www.youtube.com/user/ewitteborg
Joshua Castille

Keep up with us:
Download Glide – https://goo.gl/niox9g

https://www.facebook.com/glideme
https://www.twitter.com/glideapp
https://www.twitter.com/sarahglide
https://www.instagram.com/sarahglide

AFI Silver Theatre – Open Captioning – Sunday, Dec. 6

December 3, 2015 in Captioning / Relay

 

SUFFRAGETTE at 5:00

The time is 1912. The U.K. is seeing an increased public presence of the Suffragettes, whose rallying cry is “Votes for Women!” Their efforts at resistance over the years have been passive, but as the women face increasingly aggressive police action, they engage in public acts of civil disobedience endangering property – but never human life. The epicenter of their national Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) is in London, where Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is a working-class wife and mother; she and husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw) toil at a laundry. Startled one day by a protest, Maud recognizes a co-worker, Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff), among the agitators. Initially unwilling to get involved in the Suffragette cause, Maud comes to realize that she must claim her dignity both at home and in her workplace…

BROOKLYN at 7:05

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Check AFI.com/Silver for future Open Caption Screenings.

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave. For daily listings, call 301-495-6700 and press 1