Monday, May 21, 2012

Help fight for more captioned online videos on June 6 as part of the #captionTHIS campaign


On June 6, 2012 the deaf community and supporters will embark on an online campaign to fight for universal captioning of all online videos to get equal access to information. Please join the fight by sharing this video now and posting your related messages on facebook and twitter on June 6 with the hashtag #captionTHIS.

 "This is a great message. There is so much information out there that the deaf community doesn't have access to. Please share this video. We can change the world, one share at a time," said DSB staff interpreter Ariana Lee-Fisher.

According to research conducted by Gallaudet University in 2005, 140 out of every 1,000 people in the United States have some kind of hearing loss. Those numbers have likely increased in the past seven years due to damaging noise exposure by ipods and other gadgets.

Additionally, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) published the IP closed captioning rules in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012 and established April 30, 2012 as the effective date for the rules. According to the rules, video programming shown on the Internet after being shown on television must have captions based on the following schedule established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (Read More...
Would it really be fair to exclude this many Americans from getting access to vital information?? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below!

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