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“A Quiet World” Examines Progressive Hearing Loss

“A Quiet World” Examines Progressive Hearing Loss Editor: I recently read David G. Myers’ new book “A Quiet World”, and I wanted to recommend it to people who are experiencing progressive hearing loss, and especially to their family members and friends. One of the things that amazes me during our hearing loss retreats is that hearing the story of an ...

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Internet Resources for People with Hearing Loss

Internet Resources for People with Hearing Loss My wife often says that if you have to be deaf, this is a good time to do it. What she means is that we have an abundance of technology, support groups, information, etc. that were unheard of just a few years ago. One of the great new resources is the Internet; what ...

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It’s Easier Now for Federal Agencies to Provide Captioning

It’s Easier Now for Federal Agencies to Provide Captioning July 2011 Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced that its services are now available to federal government agencies purchasing under the General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70. AST’s CaptionSync(tm) captioning and transcription service has long served federal, state and local government agencies that purchase outside of Schedule 70. As a ...

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NAD Files Disability Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Netflix

NAD Files Disability Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Netflix June 2011 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Plaintiffs Charge that Netflix Violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by Not Providing Equal Access to its “Watch Instantly” Streaming Content. An estimated 36 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing. The deaf and hard of hearing community has repeatedly expressed concerns-via letters, petitions, ...

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SMPTE Makes Closed-Captioning Standard Freely Available

SMPTE Makes Closed-Captioning Standard Freely Available May 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to adopt rules to ensure individuals with disabilities can fully utilize and enjoy Internet-delivered video content, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) today announced that it would make its standard for closed-captioning of online video content (known as SMPTE Timed Text and by ...

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Zediva Introduces Online Movie Rental Service for New Releases

Zediva Introduces Online Movie Rental Service for New Releases March 2011 Editor: This looks like a great service – movie rentals as soon as the DVD is out for as little as $1. And they support captioning and subtitles. It seems that lots of folks agree, because Zediva has been overwhelmed with new customers and had to suspend registrations until ...

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Captioned Internet Videos — An Emerging Issue and Initial Success

Captioned Internet Videos — An Emerging Issue and Initial Success By John Waldo January 2010 Editor: There’s a real surge in efforts to make online (and other) videos accessible, and one of the people leading the charge is John Waldo of Wash-CAP. Here are his thoughts on some of the current issues. You can follow John’s activities at http://www.hearinglosslaw.com/ Internet ...

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YouTube Adds Automatic “Captioning”

YouTube Adds Automatic “Captioning” January 2010 OK, it’s not perfect. But it is VERY COOL! You can now activate transcription on any video on several YouTube channels. The transcription is done with an untrained speech recognition engine, so the results are variable. As you might expect, the results for clear speech in a noise-free background are pretty good, and the ...

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Google and YouTube: Leading the Way for Internet Captioning

Google and YouTube: Leading the Way for Internet Captioning By Cheryl Heppner November 2009 Editor: The good news is that Google intends to caption YouTube videos. The bad news is that they will be using speech recognition software to do it. Don’t get me wrong! I’m a big fan of speech recognition. But I have yet to be convinced that ...

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YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality…and it Works

YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality…and it Works Editor: The way I read this article is that YouTube has automated speech recognition software that works! If so that’s very cool! The motivation for this technology appears to be the ability to search videos. But whatever the reason, if it leads to captioned videos, that’s great news! Thanks to NVRC for this story. ...

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