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Captioning YouTube Videos

June 3, 2011 in Advocacy & Access, Technology

Did you know that you can caption your own videos on YouTube?  It’s true!You can find information on adding and editing captions or subtitles to your videos in YouTube’s Help articles, under Uploading > Editing Videos > Learn More.

You can get software to caption or subtitle your own videos, or get a captioning company to do it for you.

Once your video has captions, you can turn them on or off by clicking on the CC button on the video viewer.

You can also use the Transcribe Audio feature to have YouTube generate the captions for a video you are watching. 

This uses an experimental speech recognition software to generate the captions.  Be aware that the quality of the Transcribe Audio captions can be affected by such things as background music in the video, wind blowing across the microphone, and how clearly the speaker enunciates.

You can also have YouTube translate the captions into other languages!

Take some time to try adding captions to your videos, and let us know what you think!  The more captioning we have for online videos, the better things are for everyone.

YouTube Captioning Resources

Can I get help captioning or subtitling my video?

How to create captions and subtitles on YouTube

Adding and Editing captions / subtitles

Viewing videos with captions

Cued Speech

March 29, 2011 in Interpreting & Transliterating

Cued Speech is a mode of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision.(taken from the National Cued Speech Association’s website)    

Below is a list of local Cued Speech Transliterators who provide services in the metro DC area:

Ashley Elder
Email: ashrenee85@gmail.com
Phone: (571) 318-3491

Nichelle Wilson
Email: mrs_njwilson@yahoo.com
Phone: (571) 426-3747



National Cued Speech Association Logo

National Cued Speech Association
5619 McLean Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1021

Toll Free: 800-459-3529
Local: 301-915-8009
Email: info@cuedspeech.org

 

Marlee Matlin on Celebrity Apprentice

March 17, 2011 in Community Events

Starring in “Children of a Lesser God” at age 21, Marlee Matlin became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. Born and raised in Morton Grove, Illinois, Matlin started acting at the age of seven in the role of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at a children’s theatre company in Chicago. She was discovered in a Chicago stage production of “Children of a Lesser God.” She was then selected to star in the film version.Matlin made her TV debut in CBS’ “Bridge to Silence.” She went on to star for two seasons in the series “Reasonable Doubts.” She was twice nominated for both a Golden Globe as well as a People’s Choice Award. Matlin was nominated for two Emmys for her guest turns on “Seinfeld” and “Picket Fences.” Matlin also starred in “Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story,” a movie for Lifetime Television, for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series. She broke down yet another barrier with the role, playing a character who wasn’t deaf. Matlin returned to CBS’ “Picket Fences” to reprise her Emmy-nominated role. Coincidentally, her character on “Picket Fences” gave birth on the same day she gave birth in real life, a feat repeated exactly 43 years to the day by Lucille Ball on “I Love Lucy” on the same network, CBS.

For seven seasons, Matlin starred as pollster Joey Lucas, on NBC’s Emmy Award winning series “The West Wing.” She received her third Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC’s “The Practice,” and guest starred on NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU,” receiving a fourth Emmy nomination for her work. In 2007, she joined the cast of Showtime’s “The L Word.” She returned for a second season in 2008. Most recently, Matlin competed on Season 6 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Matlin published a novel for children entitled “Deaf Child Crossing” in 2002, followed by “Nobody’s Perfect,” in summer 2006, and “Leading Ladies” in 2007. She has appeared on Sesame Street. She has also performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” in sign language for two Super Bowls.

In 1994, Matlin was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National Service. In 1995, Matlin served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week, and was honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony by the President.

Matlin serves as a national spokesperson for The American Red Cross. In 1992, she was instrumental in getting Congress to pass federal legislation requiring all TVs manufactured in the U.S. be equipped with closed-captioning technology. She serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations. She has also combined her charity work with commercial ventures and has appeared in numerous commercials and public service announcements, on behalf of corporate sponsors such as Target, Sprint, and Toys R Us, each designed to raise awareness about the importance of donating to charitable organizations. In 2006, Matlin was honored by America Online as Chief Everything Officer, highlighting the important contributions of mothers in both home and work environments.

In April 2009, Matlin released her bestselling memoir “I’ll Scream Later,” published by Simon and Shuster. Currently, Matlin is developing a half-hour comedy for Showtime with writer/producer Carol Leifer.

Matlin makes her home in the greater Los Angeles area. She and her husband have four children.

 

Restaurant Survey Results

March 1, 2011 in Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

We are excited to have so many participants sharing their experiences.  Because of the large amount of information, we have changed our format and put the results in a PDF spread sheet. 

 

Free Tax Assistance

February 7, 2011 in NVRC Announcements

 

NVRC  has once again joined the Real Economic Impact Tour’s DeafTax VITA Project to bring free income tax preparation and electronic filing to people who use American Sign Language as their primary language.Deaf and Hard of Hearing tax payers can meet with IRS Certified VITA volunteers through the videophone here at NVRC.Individuals and families who earn $49,000 or less (without business income) are eligible for this service.  All tax preparation is by appointment only, and will be available from February 1 to April 19, 2011.  There is no cost for this service. What to bring:

  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on tax return.
  • Two forms of ID for primary taxpayer and spouse (one must be photo ID.)
  • Birthdates of all individuals to appear on return.
  • All W-2s and 1099s and any other income reporting documents.
  • Documentation for all deductions and/or credits claimed, i.e. education credits.
  • Documentation supporting a claim to a dependency exemption (for example, Form 8332 or Form 2120)
  • Day care provider’s identifying number and receipts (if applicable)
  • Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns (if available)

For more information, click here.

To make an appointment, contact NVRC at:

info@nvrc.org
703-352-9055 voice
703-352-9056 TTY
703-350-8656 VP