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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
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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

Explosion in Activity re: Airlines and Captioning

November 30, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

There has been a storm brewing on Twitter regarding in-flight captioning, with the latest bombshell being by Nyle DiMarco about American Airlines’ challenges in ensuring accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing community.  Nyle DiMarco is an American actor and model. He is the first and only deaf contestant to appear on America’s Next Top Model, a popular TV show.

American Airlines responded in three different tweets to Nyle.

At the time of this post, 92 people voted in the CSD Twitter poll, with an overwhelming 95% in favor of airlines providing captions as a standard feature on all in-flight videos.

While dated, but very much relevant to this developing situation, U.S. Senator Harkin commented in the pastsaying “I have been trying for some time to get the airlines to provide closed captions on the movies on their airplanes. I can’t understand why they don’t do it. It doesn’t cost anything,” after the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to send the measure to the full of the floor Senate.

Read Comments and read blog  . . . Airlines and Captioning

OC – AFI Silver Theatre – SUFFRAGETTE – Nov. 22 @ 7:20

November 19, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events

 

AFI Silver Theatre is happy to provide open captioning for select film(s) this Sunday, November 22: 

SUFFRAGETTE at 7:20

SUFFRAGETTE is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in this day and age. The stirring film, directed by BAFTA Award® winner Sarah Gavron and written by Emmy Award® winner Abi Morgan, is inspired by the early-20th-century campaign of the Suffragettes, who were activists for Women’s Suffrage – the right of women to vote. The cast includes Academy Award® nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, Golden Globe Award® nominee Brendan Gleeson, British Independent Film Award® winner Anne-Marie Duff, BAFTA Award® winner Ben Whishaw and three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep.

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

(!)  Pass Restricted

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

“Bridge of Spies” Open Captioned – Friday, Nov 6th

November 5, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events

 

There will be an open captioned screening of “Bridge of Spies” this Friday, November 6th at 7:20 PM!
It will be at Regal Gallery Place 14 in Washington, DC.

Tickets are now available to buy online. Deaf moviegoers can go to the theater website (http://www.regmovies.com/Theatres/Theatre-Folder/Regal-Gallery-Place-Stadium-14-7719), change the date to 11/6/15, and find “Bridge of Spies” with the row showing 7:20 PM and “OC” under Amenities.

If you do not know anything about Bridge of Spies, here are some links:

Trailer with English Subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLmj9vnjgqg
Score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bridge_of_spies/
Score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/movie/bridge-of-spies

The main Facebook group for following OC screenings is DC Deaf Moviegoers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcdeafmoviegoers/), and the Facebook event page for the “Bridge of Spies” OC screening can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1514003808913807/

Amazon reaches deal with deaf rights group to caption all video

October 15, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay

 

 

Lawsuit against Harvard and MIT over free online courses is ongoing.

 Ars Technica
by  Joe Mullin
Oct 14, 2015

A deaf rights group that sued Netflix to compel it to caption all its video programming has reached a similar deal with Amazon over its streaming video.

Unlike the Netflix settlement, the deal between Amazon and the National Association for the Deaf was negotiated without litigation.

Amazon has already captioned 100 percent of the video it offers through its Prime Video and has agreed to continue to do so. Under the deal with NAD, Amazon will move through its back-catalog content, captioning an additional 190,000 titles which weren’t given captions by the content creators.

For videos that have been viewed more than 10 times in the past 90 days, Amazon will get 90 percent of them captioned by the end of this year and 100 percent of them captioned by the end of 2016.

“The NAD is thus thrilled by Amazon’s decision to make its online entertainment experience more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing customers who also look to Amazon to fulfill their needs for comprehensive goods and services,” said Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the NAD.

Read more . . . deaf rights

Open Captioned (OC) Screenings of Movie “The Martian” Oct. 9th & 16th

October 9, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events

 

 

Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington, DC will be having two open captioned (OC) screenings of “The Martian” this October 2015. Details follow:

Theater: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, 701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Date and Time #1: October 9th (Friday) at 7:00pm TONIGHT

Date and Time #2: October 16th (Friday) at 7:00pm

Tickets for each date and time are available to buy online on Tuesday evening before each showtime. For #1, tickets are available starting the evening of October 6th (Tuesday). For #2, tickets are available starting the evening of October 13th (Tuesday). The main website is Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, where you can change the date to the appropriate screening and look for The Martian 7:00 PM screening where it says “OC” (for Open Captions) under Amenities.

There are two event pages on Facebook for deaf moviegoers to join and share with others:
“The Martian” Open Captioned Screening (1st of 2): https://www.facebook.com/events/198749730456982/
“The Martian” Open Captioned Screening (2nd of 2): https://www.facebook.com/events/949143005142818/

Both event pages were created under the new Facebook group DC Deaf Moviegoers, where deaf moviegoers can share their movie experiences and plan for future screenings.

The movie theater is on top of Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station, which services the Red Line as well as Green/Yellow Lines. The Gallery Place building also has a parking garage, and the movie theater can validate your parking pass for 3 hours’ free parking.

 

Yahoo brings accessibility quest to Boston

October 1, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Technology

 

 

Boston Globe
by Hiawatha Bray

According to the World Health Organization, a billion people worldwide have some form of disability. The giant Internet service Yahoo wants to deliver information and entertainment to every one of them, not just because it’s good business, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

On Tuesday, Yahoo showed off an “accessibility lab” at its Boston facility in Downtown Crossing. Yahoo will use the lab to test the closed captions it attaches to its online video content, to ensure that deaf viewers can enjoy the shows.

Yahoo includes such captions on nearly all its video content, but must carefully tailor the captions for multiple devices. The same video might be viewed on a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone or a videogame console. The Boston accessibility lab will ensure that captions are modified as needed, so they’re correctly rendered on each device.

“The more we can both prove the financial value and the social value, hooray! What a double win that is!” said Larry Goldberg, Yahoo’s director of accessible media and manager of the Boston lab, one of two run by the company. Goldberg spent nearly 30 years at Boston public television station WGBH, where he led the National Center for Accessible Media, a pioneer in the use of closed captions and descriptive audio for people with vision problems.

See original article

Hiawatha Bray is a technology reporter for the Boston Globe.

Job Opening for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service Outreach Coordinator

September 1, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Employment

 

 

 

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a position open for

“Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator” staffed in Richmond, Virginia.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS). The position requires independent travel throughout the state of Virginia.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.

Skills:

  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experience in the planning, coordination and delivery of public relations activities
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    • Senior Community
    • Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.workforhamilton.com or contact Amy Hall in Corporate Human Resource Department by September 11, 2015 at 800.821.1831. Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

DOWNLOAD – Job Description – Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator 0815

 

FCC Boosting Open Video Platform for the Deaf

August 20, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

 

Initiative to Ease ASL Users’ Communication With Government

Multichannel News
By: John Eggerton
August 20,2015

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler wants to give people with disabilities a hand. Make that two hands, and in the process, a stronger voice.

Wheeler plans to announce today at the TDI Conference in Baltimore that the FCC is making available an open-source video platform to make it easier for the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind community to communicate with federal agencies and businesses in American Sign Language (ASL).   “It is time for people who speak with their hands and hear with their eyes to enjoy modern advancements in communications technologies,” Wheeler planned to tell the conference, according to the commission, which announced the initiative in tandem with the speech.

“It’s time for you to be able to have your video products work together, so you can call whomever you wish, whenever you wish, from anywhere. The platform we are launching has tremendous potential to ensure that you will be able to do this.”

The FCC already has a direct video system — it was the first federal agency to use interactive video to give the deaf and hard-of-hearing access to ASL consumer support, an agency spokesperson said — as does the Small Business Administration. The Census Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the City of New York have all announced plans to use such a system.

Read more   . . . 

Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing!

July 7, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

Huff Post – The Blog
By Janice S. Lintz
July 6, 2015

Dear Donald Trump:

People who are deaf and hard of hearing need to thank you. Years ago, I contacted you about the horrific captions on the The Apprentice. My daughter, who is hard of hearing, was learning poor spelling and getting confusing input when she watched your show. For example, “Bordeaux” (you know, the small French region where wine is made) was spelled like two animals: “boar” and “doe.”

Your office staff didn’t care when I contacted them, nor did your production team, Mark Burnett Productions. In fact, I learned that the Burnett team never reviewed the captions. The woman whose job it was to do this told me that I was “stressing her out” by complaining.

So, I contacted Bob Wright, the then-chairman of NBC. Thankfully, he cared–his personal experience  . . . .

Read more  . . . Trump

Deaf Canadians fear loss of televised, captioned election debates

May 28, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

Times Colonist
The Canadian Press
May 27, 2015

OTTAWA – Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians fear their needs as voting citizens might be lost in the shuffle in the coming election campaign as the federal parties squabble over the formats and hosts of the leaders’ debates.

The proposal by the major TV networks, put to the federal parties, includes closed captioning in both French and English — as has been the case in previous debates.

However, the Conservative Party of Canada has rejected the proposal from the so-called broadcast consortium, which includes CBC/Radio-Canada, Global News and CTV.

As a result, the televised debates are in limbo; it’s not clear whether the opposition parties would bother with a faceoff that doesn’t include the prime minister.

The Conservatives have emphasized their desire for different formats, citing the fact many Canadians no longer watch traditional TV. But broadcasters are required by regulation to include closed captioning with their programming, even during commercials.

Will new debate proposals from Maclean’s magazine, the Globe and Mail/Google Canada, the Munk Debates and others include services for the hearing impaired?

Read more . . . Canadians captions