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We are seeking referrals of individuals to participate in an important study that The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization, is conducting to assess current Internet Protocol (IP) based Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS) and similar mobile telephone applications. IP CTS allows a person with hearing loss to speak and listen to another party while simultaneously reading captions of what the other party is saying.

We would greatly appreciate your contribution to this important research effort.  Here are three ways you can help:

  • Identify potential participant(s)
  • Share this request with your network, or
  • Sign-up yourself.

This study will assess the caption phone services, desktop telephones, and mobile devices from the user’s perspective. Data collected will include caption service performance and usability feedback from users. This information will help to determine the minimum requirements for caption phone services. Participants will be compensated for their time up to $100 for a two-hour assessment.

To participate in the assessment, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Be hard of hearing or have a hearing loss which requires the use of captioning services
  • S. Citizen
  • 21 years or older
  • Be able to participate in the assessment for up to 2 hours between March-July of 2017 at MITRE’s office in McLean, Virginia

Please forward this request to individuals who are hard of hearing, and support organizations who might propose qualified candidates for this important assessment.

You can contact us via email at CaptionServices@mitre.org

Thank you for your time, consideration, and support!

Jen McLachlan
The MITRE Corporation

MITRE operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  MITRE partners with sponsors to provide innovative practical solutions for some of our nation’s most critical challenges in healthcare, defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, and cybersecurity.

 

Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology

NVRC Board Members Tom Dowling, Gary Viall, and Alexa Schriempf, and staff member Debbie Jones attended this morning's FCC Open Meeting   There was a great turn out of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Speech Disability consumer organizations!  There were representatives from Gallaudet University, TDI, HLAA, and NAD, to name just a few.

The first item on the agenda for this morning's meeting was the Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology:

The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to help achieve the transition from TTY technology to a reliable and interoperable means of providing real-time text communication over wireless Internet protocol-enabled networks and services.

 

Real-Time Text Technology (RTT) would replace the old TTY technology for communication over telephone lines and wireless systems, providing real-time, as you type it, text communications for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Speech Disabled consumers.  RTT would be flexible to work on all internet protocol systems and devices, as well as being retro compatible with older TTY devices, until they phase out.  It would also be compatible with 911 systems for emergency calls.

The FCC heard the report  on Real-Time Text Technology, as well as remarks from Bobbi Cordano, President of Gallaudet University. The Commissioners voted to adopt the Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

This means that, moving forward, industries will not limited to making devices compatible with the old TTY technology, and can focus on making RTT interoperable across all devices and IP networks.

(See attached press release)

DOWNLOAD (PDF) - FCC Press Release DOC-342624A1

See pictures of meeting on facebook

 

 

 

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeking comment on strengthening the Commission's requirements for the interoperability and portability of video relay services (VRS). 

The Bureau set the deadline for filing comments 21 days after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.  A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2016, which established a deadline of September 14, 2016.  The Bureau announced this deadline by Public Notice released on August 25, 2016.

Links to the Public Notice:

Word:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.doc
PDF:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.txt

Links to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (corrected):

Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.doc
PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.txt

For more information, contact:  Eliot Greenwald, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at 202-418-2235 or Eliot.Greenwald@fcc.gov, or Robert Aldrich, CGB, at 202-418-0996 orRobert.Aldrich@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.

 

August 1, 2016
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Bulletin

Good news!  Starting today, August 1st, Minnesota’s new closed captioning law goes into effect.  As of now, closed captioning is required to be kept on at all times in certain medical facilities.

The law applies to waiting rooms in hospitals, surgical centers, birth centers and some group homes.  The group homes affected are those that provide housing, meals and services to five or more people who are developmentally or physically disabled, chemically dependent or mentally ill.

Read more  . . . or view Signed/Captioned Video

 

ccaccaptionuniversally

July 14, 2016

Caption Studies Conference August 1 & 2
Online Free And Captioned Too
Don't Wait Or Hesitate
Don't  Be Late Or Miss The Date

Register Now And Tune In From Anyplace On The Days
Make Note Of Conference Time Zone (PDT) And Your Own

First Conference Like This Ever!

Happy to be part of it with many CCAC members and others with thanks to CCAC member GZ who is Conference Chair, Western Oregon University, Strada Captioning, and all others involved and presenting

Go To captionstudies.wou.edu Now to read about it, see the two day schedule, presenters page, and find the easy to submit registration form

– Place To Be For Captioning Advocacy

Any Questions: CCACaptioning@Gmail.Com

REMEMBER THIS: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE DEAF TO LOVE CAPTIONING!

 

 

TDI is proud to announce the upcoming 22nd Biennial TDI Conference to take place in Bethesda, Maryland on July 27-29, tdi_square2017.

Save the date and start making plans!  All of us at TDI hope to see you there for this occasion.

The conference will take place on July 27-29, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.

More information on TDI website

 

 

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted the suspension of the conditional certification of InnoCaption to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS).

In April of 2015, CGB suspended InnoCaption’s conditional certification to provide IP CTS because InnoCaption failed to provide 911 calling to emergency services as required by the FCC’s rules.  During the period of suspension, InnoCaption took steps to fix its service so it could handle 911 calls.  In the Order adopted today, CGB concludes that InnoCaption is now capable of handling 911 calls through its IP CTS service in compliance with the FCC’s rules.  As a result, InnoCaption is permitted to resume providing IP CTS.

The link(s) for the document are as follows:

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-699A1.docx

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-699A1.pdf

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-699A1.txt

For further information contact Eliot Greenwald at eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov or 202-418-2235.

 

 

TDI is seeking a talented and versatile Product Manager to lead the development of a Speech-to-Text Captioning/Caption Correction product.  The ideal candidate will have a strong, clear commitment to meeting the purpose, goals, and timelines.  The product seeks to create scalable access to low-cost, accurate captions for live events by combining speech-to-text technology with real-time caption corrections made by designated peers.  These services will allow event participants (who have permission), to make corrections to captions in real-time during events.  Everyone viewing the captions, will see the corrected captions instantly.  This technology enables the provision of highly accurate, low-cost, captioning services wherever the use of professional captioning services are not logistically, technically, or financially feasible.  TDI has a subcontract with IDEAL Group, Inc. to develop, implement, and maintain the captioning service.  The web-based service will be accessible using Internet-connected devices running a variety of operating systems.

Announcement on TDI website:  https://tdiforaccess.org/job/product-manager/

DOWNLOAD - TDI position announcement, Product Manager, TDI's Speech-to-Text Captioning Project, May 1, 2016

 

The online conference is planned for days in August 2016: Monday, August 1st, and Tuesday, August 2nd. A face-to-face conference for two days in late July, 2017, at Western Oregon University. For more information, follow this link.

The online conference will take place from noon through 5 pm PST on both days. Registration (free) will be required in order to participate. This will help us better organize and respond in the future as well as give us a sense of the community participation.

Conference’s Purpose

Having spoken with many people as the conference organization has gone forward, it’s clear that the captioning community is positive, engaged, and constructive. Rather than lament the flood of bad captions or the dearth of quality captions, we want to promote what is health, interesting, strong, and engaging in the captioning community. This means having time to share and connect with people from different parts of the captioning community.

Read more  . . . http://captionstudies.wou.edu

 

 

Huffington Post - The Blog
By Alexis Ander Kashar
05/05/2016
A civil rights attorney/ technology strategist creating a better world through technology.

1. Deaf People Travel Too. There are an estimated 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in America. The number of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and people with other disabilities worldwide is equal to the population of China. This does NOT include the number of friends and family including children who travel with us.

2. We Would Like to Access Onboard Entertainment Too.   • • • more

Read more   . . . Flying while Deaf

 

 

In a letter to the FCC:

The group for Star YRS and Star VRS for the Deaf Blind ("Star VRSdb") (collectively "CAAG/Star VRS") informing  the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that CAAG/Star YRS will no longer provide video relay services ("YRS") as of 5:00PM (EST) on March 31, 2016 and will immediately cease enrolling new YRS customers.

Read letter to the FCC 

See captioned ASL Video of announcement 

 

 

Hamilton Relay is currently seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the position of “District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator – Part Time”.  Below is a link to the job posting and on-line application.  Please feel free to share this with anyone that may be interested.

District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator - Part Time

 

 

 

Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos.  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

This is the first agreement of its kind with an in-flight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on U.S. domestic flights.  Passengers using their own personal Wi-Fi enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.

Read entire  . . .NAD  Press Release

 

Related Articles: Gogo and US Deaf group agree landmark captioning deal

 

 

Never miss a word of an important conference call again!

New to Virginia Relay users, Remote Conference Captioning (RCC) allows people who have difficulty hearing what’s said during conference calls to have a clearer understanding of the conversation and participate in the call more effectively. Using Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) service to convert speech to text as it is spoken, RCC delivers word- for-word captions over the Internet while you listen over the telephone.

To use RCC, you will need access to a conference bridge to allow the certified captionist to listen to the audio portion of the call. You will also need access to an Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. There is no software to download, just a link to follow to view captions!

DOWNLOAD the RCC flyer

 

 

IMPORTANT! Due to high demand from deaf moviegoers, a SECOND open captioned screening will be added for Saturday, December 19th! The second OC screening is at 9:40 PM (right after the 6:00 PM one). Tickets are available to buy right now! See
See Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/195593857449787/

If you already have tickets to the 6:00 PM screening, you are all set. But if you know friends or family who wanted to go to the screening, let them know about the 9:40 PM one!

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be open captioned at Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington, DC
December 19th (Saturday) at 6:00 PM.

Tickets are available online right now to purchase in advance!
With the screening on opening weekend, it will likely sell out between now and then. It is highly recommended to get your tickets now and to get to the theater early on that day to get good seats.

Instructions follow:

  1. Go to the theater website: http://www.regmovies.com/Theatres/Theatre-Folder/Regal-Gallery-Place-Stadium-14-7719
  2. Change the date to 12/19/15
  3. Select the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 6:00 PM time that says "OC" (Open Captions) under Amenities next to it
  4. Buy your tickets!

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Courtesy of --Erik Nordlof - Thanks