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Accessibility for Deaf Users: Why it’s worth it.

I (Shannon) am a programmer here at Radar Hill and I have been hard of hearing since, as far as I know, age 5. I was blessed to be taught how to read and speak before my inability to hear made it too difficult, so written text has always been my workaround for communicating with a hearing world.

Young woman with hearing aidAs the internet becomes more and more an extension of our lives, that method has gotten easier. My favourite TV shows have captions provided by enthusiastic volunteers, are hosted for free at addic7ed.com or opensubtitles.org, and all the major video players have the ability to use them. The brightest minds of our generation have provided videos of their best ideas at TED.com, all of them are captioned in multiple languages with transcriptions provided. Even web series, which aren’t legally required to provide captions for deaf users (as public TV shows are), often do. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, for instance, has captions for every episode in the most recent season. Continue reading

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