Sunday, August 30, 2009

Many Tribes Episode 2: Internet Captioning and HR 3101

The impact of limited captioning on the internet and the importance of H.R. 3101 is discussed in this vlog.


Dianrez said...

Just last semester I attended a software class in night school at the local community college. There were many assigned tutorials to be completed that were based on the internet in various software forums, some from Adobe and Apple, others from smaller groups. NONE WERE CAPTIONED. I felt that my education was compromised and that I did not obtain as rich an experience as my classmates did due to the extra time having to research my own lessons and turn in papers that were evaluated differently from my classmates.

The teacher admitted to me that many of her colleagues in the community college rely on internet tutorials for as much as half their material. The push for captioning of Internet material is essential to making it accessible for all disabled groups.

Thom said...

Let's not forget audio description--or simply "description"--for people with vision loss. The minute amount of captioned media online DWARFS the amount of described media. Not familiar with description? Check out the Described and Media Program's "description" example (we also have one for captions).

Gabby said...

My name is Gabriella Wong and I am a grad student at Columbia researching legislative policies and public opinion that drive these legislative policies into effect.

I saw your vlog and really liked your perspective on captioning policy.

Please let me know if you are willing to have an interview with me. My email is

Anonymous said...

I just saw this excellent vlog. I have been thinking about this for almost 10 years, since my hearing family members have been early adopters of various Apple technology and online media. Now that H.R. 3101 has passed, what do we have to look forward to? I am not sure what it actually means in terms of when we will see captioning on various media, including on iTunes.