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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:

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

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

Demand for court and stenography reporters rising in California, nation

December 9, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Employment, Technology


The Bakersfield Californian
Friday, Dec 05 2014 05:29 PM

By RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian

Typing quietly while catching every spoken word, court reporters are often overlooked but critical components of the judicial system.

And the demand for them is growing while the number available capable of typing the required 200-word-per-minute threshold for courtroom work is dwindling.

Read More . . .

FCC Establishes Quality Standards for TV Closed Captioning

November 18, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology




The FCC recently adopted new rules regarding closed captioning quality for television programming. The new rules establish four “non-quantitative” quality standards for closed captioning, requiring captions to be (1) accurate, (2) synchronous, (3) complete, and (4) properly placed. Rules requiring compliance with these standards will take effect on January 15, 2015. The FCC also adopted new rules addressing a number of related issues, including new requirements for broadcast stations using Electronic Newsroom Technique (“ENT”). The new ENT requirements, which require broadcasters to comply with a prescribed set of ENT Best Practices, will take effect on June 30, 2014. New monitoring requirements for equipment used to provide closed captioning will take effect on April 30, 2014, and a related set of recordkeeping requirements will take effect on January 15, 2015.

See the entire Report & Order here: -12A1.doc

The Closed Captioning Project on YouTube

August 28, 2014 in Community News


Sometimes, barriers are good to have. They might keep you from meandering into traffic. Maybe they keep seawater out of your city.Other times, barriers are bad. Turn on a YouTube video and plug your ears. Sucks doesn’t it?

The internet should be open to everyone.

captioning for the public service

The Sorry State of Closed Captioning

July 15, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Technology

Streaming video now must provide subtitles for the hearing impaired. There’s no guarantee of accuracy, though. One solution: crowdsourcing.

The Atlantic

Article Source 

Imagine sitting down to watch an episode of Game of Thrones—and hardly being able to understand anything. That’s the case for non-native English speakers or any of the 36 million deaf or hard-of-hearing Americans. HBO doesn’t expect its viewers to have a knowledge of High Valyrian; that’s why it takes care to offer subtitles to viewers understand exactly how Daenerys intends to free the slaves of Essos.

If only most online streaming companies took as much care in everyday captioning.

Machine translation is responsible for much of today’s closed-captioning and subtitling of broadcast and online streaming video. It can’t register sarcasm, context, or word emphasis. It can’t capture the cacophonous sounds of multiple voices speaking at once, essential for understand the voice of an angry crowd of protestors or a cheering crowd. It just types what it registers. Imagine watching classic baseball comedy Major League and only hearing the sound of one fan shouting from the stands. Or only hearing every other line of lightning-fast dialogue when watching reruns of the now-classic sitcom 30 Rock.

As of April 30, streaming video companies are now required to provide closed captioning. On all programming. There’s no doubt that we’re in a better place than we were even five years ago, when streaming video companies weren’t required to closed-caption any of its content.  But, there still is a long way to go in improving the accuracy of subtitles. Netflix and Amazon Prime users have bemoaned the quality of the streaming companies’ closed captions, citing nonsense words, transcription errors, and endless “fails.” These companies blame the studios for not wanting to pay for accurate translations but excuses aren’t flying with paying streaming video subscribers.\

Marlee Matlin, the Oscar-winning actress and longtime advocate for better closed captions for the deaf and hard of hearing, recently mentioned . . .

Read more  . . .


CCAC -Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning

November 24, 2013 in Captioning / Relay


MILLIONS with hearing loss,
1 IN 5 GLOBALLY, deserve equal rights with quality real time speech to text!


A non-profit organization for captioning inclusion and advocacy. Volunteer members educate and advocate locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Become a CCAC member to share information, inspire others, and advocate together. Almost 50 million citizens in the USA alone deserve equal rights with real time speech to text.

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Contact the CCAC at: or 

The Collaborative for Communication Access
via Captioning is a membership organization
of individuals from many backgrounds
who engage in, support, and work individually and together on advocacy projects to increase access and inclusion for all people through captioning. Established in December 2009, CCAC grew rapidly and became an official non-profit organization in 2012. CCAC manages an active online membership community to share captioning advocacy information from city, state, national and international projects, to create links to other non-profit organizational friends, and to build resources for public distribution. Captioning is missing in too many places it is needed everyday. Collaborations with other organizations are welcome. CCAC also offers a non-profit service online called CaptionMatch for anyone to ask for any sort of captioning needed, to expand advocacy efforts, and to find a provider who meets local needs.


Download – ccac_flyer 2013.pdf

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NAD Sues for Captioning of University of Maryland Sports Events

September 25, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Disability Law, Uncategorized


NAD Sues for Captioning of Sport Events at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJLA) – An association that advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing has sued the University of Maryland for not captioning public address announcements during on-campus sporting events.

The Silver Spring-based National Association of the Deaf (NAD), along with a Baltimore law firm, filed suit against the school Tuesday on behalf of Sean Markel and fellow Terrapin fan Joseph Innes.

The lawsuit claims that Maryland is violating Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and states that the school needs to write whatever is being said on the public address system on the scoreboards and jumbotrons at Byrd Stadium and at the Comcast Center.

When Maryland star receiver Stefon Diggs makes a great play, most fans hear the details on the public address system.

But hearing-impaired fans like Sean Markel don’t.

“Often, I’m left out — I don’t know what’s being announced,” he said.

NAD executives say that teams nationwide need to make sure they cater to the needs of the hearing impaired.

“All professional and collegiate sports teams need to recognize that many fans, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing, need captioning in sports stadiums and arenas to understand what is being announced,” NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum said in a statement.

For more information:


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Advocate for Captioning in Air Travel

June 13, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Community News


Advocate for

Captioning in

Air Travel

The Case For Captioning

The proven benefits of captioning should be available to all.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) mandates public accommodations must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment. Now is the time to require equality for Air Travel.

The Department of Transportation (USA) should require all commercial airlines to improve customer service with captioning (subtitles) for all entertainment and announcements for air passengers. While the DOT requires captioning to be available on all safety and information related videos, it does not enforce the same accessibility standard for in-flight entertainment.

The failure to ensure captioning or video description for passengers with hearing, vision, and language differences is lost value on their tickets when they cannot enjoy the same entertainment. It is not right to pay the same fare and not receive the same service.

Contact the CCAC at:
or visit our website:

Join us to push for passage of Senate Bill 556. It will pertain to all domestic flights and airlines entering or leaving from the USA. CCAC volunteers are waiting to hear from you for your interest and support. CCAC is an official non-profit, all volunteer consumer advocacy organization. The mission is to educate and advocate for inclusion of quality captioning in all places needed. Captioning is the language of millions in the USA and internationally.

Join the Air Travel Access Campaign 

CCAC asks for passage of two Senate Bills, with a focus and special interest in Senate Bill 556 about Air Travel and  captioning.  All  communications  in  airports  and  on board need to be accessible with captioning.

Air Carrier Access Amendments Act
Email Congress: Support Senate Bill 556

See Senate Bill 555 about the Cinema Act:

Become a CCAC member for information, inspiration, and advocacy. Millions of USA citizens and mega-millions globally deserve equal rights with real time speech to text.
Join the CCAC

Read about CaptionMatch, a CCAC service to ask for any kind of captioning you need, and for providers to find extra jobs. CaptionMatch extends the education and awareness needed for communications in our connected worlds.

Contact CaptionMatch at:

Link to original PDF flyer

Flyer designed and provided by Adept Word Management Inc.

YouTube Video of “Daytime” Captioning

March 27, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

YouTube Video of “Daytime” Captioning

“Daytime” has a 9 minute, 21 second video on YouTube of a segment of its program where Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli interview with court reporter Mark Kislingsbury and outstanding captioner Dee Boenau. Kislingsbury won the Guiness World Record and is considered the fastest court reporter in the world for typing 360 words per minute. Dee has some blazing speed herself!

During the segment, both Dee and Mark talk about what they do and the opportunities for people who choose this profession. Chris Wagner, President of the National Association of the Deaf, also talks about the value of captioning and legislation that requires captioning.

Watch it now at:–BvE

Thanks to Joe

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