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Assistive Listening Systems

Thursday, October 4, 2012
11:30 AM Pacific, 2:30 PM Eastern

Presented by the Access Board and the Great Lakes National ADA Center, this session will review the requirements for assistive listening systems (ALS) in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards. Where are they required? How do they work? What are my options? These are some of the questions posed by facility operators and designers. A detailed review of the various types of assistive listening systems and their suitability for different types of facilities will also be provided.

Presenters:

David Baquis, Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board

Paul Beatty, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, US Access Board

 

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YouTube Captions Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2012
9:00 AM Pacific

We will schedule additional sessions later in the month. Email L2wahl@cforat.org to get first notice.

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We're going to experiment with an online workshop format in order to assist 5-6 folks who want to correct the captions that are displayed on their YouTube video. We'll send you instructions on how to load your video onto YouTube, if you have not already.

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YouTube Access

Tuesday, August 14th
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

This archived webinar covers how to increase accesss to YouTube for those with hearing and vision impairments, from the perspective of the user and the content provider. (Closed Captioned.)

Did you know that YouTube is the second most-used search engine, after Google? We'll cover the following features that improve access:

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Using YouTube's AutoCaption Feature to Generate Captions

YouTube's Auto-Caption feature generates a starting point for uploading corrected captions and their new caption editor makes it easier than before, for your own YouTube videos. (For those you don't own, see the article on Universal Subtitles.)

Many groups and individuals do not have a budget for captioning but want or need to include this access feature. Certain videos that you upload to YouTube are good candidates for using their machine generated captions as a base. If the voices are clear, speaking unaccented English, and there is no music and minimal background noise, YouTube's Auto-Caption will get you started.

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Real Time Captioning for Employment and Work Settings (Captioning and CART)

CCAC logoPrepared by the CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning, a voluntary grass-roots advocacy and education network, see www.ccacaptioning.org)

October 2011

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Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Not all deaf and hard of hearing people use sign language; even if they do, they will likely encounter many people on a daily basis who do not. Speechreading (also known as lipreading) is another non-universal communication strategy, and leaves much room for error. Low-tech strategies such as pencil-and-paper writing can be a slow means of communicating. This article covers various higher technologies that can be used to improve communication among deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals.

Speechreading

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Accessible Technologies for People With Hearing Loss

People who are deaf or hard of hearing need access to audible information.  This may be:

  • part of a computer interface (such as alerting tones)
  • a movie sound track
  • a voice conversation on the phone

This article covers some of the accessibility solutions for both groups of users.

Computers

Computers usually have error and alerting tones, and both Windows and Macintosh have a setting that flashes the screen whenever the sound is played.

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Broadband Access and How It Is Redefining Quality of Life Issues for People with Disabilities

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

This webinar will present a general introduction and overview of Broadband—both as a public policy agenda and as a quality of life issue for people with disabilities. The training will review the unique ways in which Broadband is redefining health care, education, employment, citizenship, and community participation for people with disabilities.

Description: This webinar will present a general introduction and overview of Broadband—both as a public policy agenda and as a quality of life issue for people with disabilities. The training will review the unique ways in which Broadband is redefining health care, education, employment, citizenship, and community participation for people with disabilities.

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Creating Captioned Video

Adding captions to video is easier than it seems, and it's getting easier all the time.  The process consists of 2 or 3 elements:

  • The text of the captions, which should be an accurate transcript of what is said in the video, plus sound effects
  • Timing information, so the right caption shows up at the right time
  • Optional formatting information about where the captions appear on the screen, font, color, etc. 

This article covers the basic steps of adding captions to a video you are creating. In some cases the steps will depend on the video production system you are using.

Why Add Captions?

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Introduction to Assistive Technology

Thursday, February 17, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Assistive Technology is anything that bridges a gap between the goals and aptitudes of people with disabilities. In this training, we will take a look at assistive technology for use in the home, school, workplace, and community environments. We'll move from the simplest low tech through the most cutting-edge high tech, and provide suggestions on how to find solutions to meet any individual's needs.

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