Automatic Speech Recognition is Biased

Automatic Speech Recognition is Biased: Why we need human captioners in a digital world Imagine a situation in which you have difficulty understanding or communicating with the people around you. Frustrated, you turn to technology to help get your message across. And then, your technology doesn’t understand you either. You feel a full spectrum of […]

The Importance of Captioner Certification 

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The Importance of Captioner Certification Some people understand the importance of providing captions for those who rely on them. With one out of seven people experiencing some degree of hearing loss, captions help to provide better communication access and equal access to learning and job opportunities. Read more about the importance of captioner certification below. […]

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Universal digital accessibility and inclusion

Global Accessibility Awareness Day What is Global Accessibility Awareness Day? Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is held each year on the third Thursday of May, and this year will take place on May 18th. GAAD serves as a day to increase awareness about digital access and inclusion for over 1 billion people worldwide with visual, […]

How You Can Help Promote and Participate in World Hearing Day This Year

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How You Can Help Promote and Participate in World Hearing Day This Year The Origins of World Hearing Day  World Hearing Day (originally called International Ear Day) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 2007 to “raise awareness about deafness.” Since then, World Hearing Day has evolved to promote greater awareness about […]

For the Love of Captions

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For the Love of Captions!  In recent years, the use of captioning (and video creation in general) has skyrocketed. There are multiple benefits of captioning, and increased accessibility is just one of many. While increased video use can easily be explained through the rise of Reels and TikTok, the explanation for why younger generations prefer […]

How to Improve Accessibility in the Hiring Process

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Improving Accessibility in the Hiring Process Dealing with inaccessibility in the workplace is enough of a challenge for people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. However, for many, the difficulty starts before even getting the job. Accessibility in the hiring process is an area that’s often overlooked by human resources. Companies shouldn’t wait until […]

The Role of Social Justice in Advocacy for Accessibility

The Role of Social Justice in Advocacy for Accessibility Social justice can be defined as the notion that all individuals deserve equal economic, political, and social rights. As well as access to the same opportunities. Doors of opportunity often depend on someone’s financial background, skin color, and gender. Also, how “abled” they are plays a […]

Captioning Podcasts

Captioning Podcasts

Captioning Podcasts Podcasts are a growing form of media. Podcasts can be used by pretty much anyone to voice facts, opinions, and stories, so it’s become a mainstream interest. Chances are everybody knows somebody who’s started one. While the collective rise in seeking another mode of information in our downtime is positive, it isn’t accessible […]

A Caption Pros’ Tools of the Trade 2022

Tools of the Trade in a Virtual World Caption Pros captioners always have a plan A, B, and C.  Captioners have many tools of the trade but Jennifer Schuck, the owner of Caption Pros, says it comes down to being prepared and knowing the best tools and technology for any given job. “The most important […]

Caption Training: What Makes a Good Candidate?

Caption Training: What Makes a Good Candidate? Looking for a vocation and intrigued by real-time captioning? The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a need for captioning and accessibility in the deaf community. Captioners are in demand more than ever before! It can be hard to figure out how to get started in a field that you […]