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Special Deal for Captioned Radio Presentation, Exhibits, Key Note April 1st

  Special Friday Night Registration for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
April 1 at Accessibility Summit 2011
Mike Starling from National Public Radio (NPR) Labs will be giving an overview of their captioned radio initiative on Friday April 1 at 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VA. The actual launch of closed-captioned radio is in April, so this is perfect timing! Registration covers access to an exhibit area beginning at 5 PM, the keynote session at 7:45 featuring Jon Speptok (information below) and the Captioned Radio workshop. You can register for the Friday night special at:

NPR Workshop Registration  

Or call Rosie Oakley (703.770.2980)

Telecommunication Developments for the Visually and Hearing-Impaired
Mike Starling, National Public Radio
Learn about current research and development efforts for the creating of accessible public radio services for those with visual or hearing impairments. Mike Starling, Executive Director of the Technology Research Center and NPR Labs, will talk about the technology his teams are using to provide radio services to unserved and underserved audiences. Topics include transmission of captioned-radio broadcasts for the visually and hearing impaired and efforts that would allow blind and low-vision listeners to capture individual stories by topic for on-demand listening.

About Jon Sheptock:
Jon Sheptock was born without arms and a short right leg. In the midst of a young life that included abandonment by his birth mother, tremendous physical challenges, and ridicule, he found his voice. He began singing in churches at the age of three and has been performing ever since.

Jon was adopted by Joanne and Rudy Sheptock, who opened their home to numerous unwanted and severely disabled children. The little boy who began life alone would eventually have 36 siblings. Married to Staci, they are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. When Jon is not traveling the country sharing his message and music, he is a stay-at-home Dad, who uses his feet and legs to do everything: comb his hair, brush his teeth, dress and feed himself, and care for his children. He regularly performs at prisons, schools, churches, foster care and adoption events, and men’s conferences across the country. His first CD is entitled “In God’s Hands”, and his second CD is scheduled for release in April 2011 .

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