Access For People Without (Yes, Without) Disabilities

June 13, 2012

Sometimes, when people think of accessibility, they picture wheelchair ramps running up side entrances of buildings, on-board lifts on public buses, and large toilet stalls in many public bathrooms. If these features are usable only by a person with a disability, the wider community does not typically appreciate the value of inclusion for this person. If everyone else also uses this accessibility feature, it has two dramatic effects: it increases the market reach for the business that sells and markets this product, and increases awareness of the economic and cultural value of the disability market.

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Netflix Is Tone-Deaf As It Announces 80% Captioning Achievement

March 3, 2012

Netflix’s announcement that it achieved a 80% captioning milestone demonstrates that it does not understand its own deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.

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Captions Now Searchable on YouTube

February 28, 2012

Caption text is now searchable on YouTube. Type “Frankly my dear, cc” in the YouTube search bar and see what you come up with!

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Bravo, Bravo: “Top Chef Texas” Webisodes Will Be Captioned

November 2, 2011

In mid-September, I wondered aloud on Facebook and other online forums about the Mashable article on the upcoming fall season of Bravo’s Top Chef, which will for the first time include Web episodes in its storyline. Will the webisodes, like the on-air episodes, be captioned by Bravo? In time for tonight’s Top Chef Texas premiere comes great news from Bravo: Top Chef Texas’ broadcast and online programming will be closed captioned.

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Video Game Accessibility Not Yet Up to Par

July 25, 2011

AbleGamers co-founder Mark Barlet says in the Wired article, “What game creators do not truly understand is that as we get older, we are more likely to be disabled. We have two wars going on, and our soldiers are not all coming back in the same condition as they left. Those men and women are gamers.”

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More Captioning on YouTube and Netflix

May 13, 2011

As you noticed, i have been writing a lot about captioning lately. This is another one. In the past 24 hours, I learned of two major developments in captioning of online video which are too important not to mention.

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Captioned Movies…Now Showing At Your Local Theater!

May 11, 2011

As efforts to improve accessibility for deaf viewers at movie theaters gain steam, awareness of the options available to these viewers is crucial to the goal of achieving universal accessibility for the deaf in every movie theater in the United States. The reality, however, is there is not enough publicity in this regard, potentially undercutting the case for bringing more deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons to movie theaters.

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Knocking On Netflix’s Door: Captioning Revisited

April 26, 2011

Netflix — which has had no competition to this point in the online video subscription market — will find its turf invaded by Amazon, Best Buy, Dish Network, even Wal-Mart. Which brings up the burning question for deaf and hard-of-hearing movie customers: will the new entrants in the online video subscription space provide captioning for its offerings?

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“Frankly, My Dear…” Coming to A Search Bar Near You

March 25, 2011

In my December 17, 2010 article, I wrote about the potential of online video captions for improving searchability of specific video content. This week, Rob Colling of blogged to say it is starting to become a reality.

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UPDATE: FeedFliks: A New Way To Search for Netflix Instant Watch Movies with Captions

January 21, 2011

I wrote yesterday about FeedFliks, a search engine that, among other things, enables you to search for captioned InstantWatch movies on Netflix — a great benefit for deaf Netflix users who would like to watch instantly streamed movies in captions, but have limited options for searching and viewing them. Since then, Mike Chapman, the creator […]

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