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Kojo Nnamdi Show

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From police stops to medical emergencies, members of the Deaf community often confront significant language barriers when they interact with local government and institutions. In Arlington County, a deaf man alleges he was held for six weeks in a county jail without access to an interpreter. But beyond cases of alleged discrimination, members of the Deaf community say there are deeper problems of cultural misunderstanding and unqualified interpreters. We explore the rights and responsibilities of the Deaf and hearing communities during these vital encounters.


Caroline Jackson Staff Attorney, National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center
Steven Collins Assistant Professor, Department of Interpretation, Gallaudet University; Certified Deaf Interpreter
Adam Bartley Interpreter, Gallaudet Interpreting Service
Ellen Schein Interpreter, Gallaudet Interpreting Service

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Captioning for the ADA Live! Radio Show

Here’s something we’re pleased to see: realtime captioning of a broadcast of ADA Live!  This radio program is by Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network. It was developed under a grant from NIDRR.  There are live radio shows on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 1:30 pm (Eastern Time), and you can find past episodes with MP3 recording, a transcript, and resources.

The next program will be ehld on November 6, 2013. It is Episode 2: Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Veterans/Wounded Warriors and Their Return to Work.

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Professor creates closed captioning radio service for the deaf

By Caitlin Meyd, The Towerlight-Towson University 3/3/2013

The Deaf Studies program is the reason senior Rachel Wirtz chose Towson. Wirtz said she believes in equal access for everyone, despite disabilities, and said Towson has been working to provide this. One example is associate professor Ellyn Sheffield’s collaboration with NPR to start a new radio captioning technology. She, and NPR’s Mike Starling, are co-directors of the University’s International Center for Accessible Radio Technology(ICART).

The first radio program to use the equal access distribution technology was Latino USA Feb. 22. Broadcasting on more than 100 public radio stations, captioned-radio public media broadcasts allow access to radio to a target audience of nearly seven million people in the United States who are deaf and hard of hearing. ICART started developing the program in 2007.

Deaf Studies Major Michaela Nesmith said she never heard of radio captions until recently but thinks it will be useful.

“I think it’s cool they’re using other media other than just TV,” she said. “”It’s pretty cool that they’re reaching out to do that.”

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Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, along with Hearing Loss Association of America, has been working with National Public Radio and Towson University for several years to make radio broadcasts accessible.  We are close to the finish line!   Technology now makes it possible for radio broadcasts to be captioned both over the air and online.The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is being asked for a research grant to do for pilot demonstrations in several cities.  We believe CPB is a good match because of its particular responsibility “to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

We invite everyone who supports this request for funding to sign onto a letter to Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Go to to read the letter and sign on by providing your name and your street address or city/state and email address.

Thanks so much!

Captioned Radio Demonstration
Captioned radio demonstrated on a Sony digital radio