As the hard-of-hearing mom of three young children, I am concerned about the programs they watch on TV and the Internet. While there are parental controls for what they view, there is no control over whether or not the programs they watch via computer are captioned.
I partnered with the Collaboration for Communication Access via Captioning (http://www.ccacaptioning.org) on the Lipreading Mom Internet Captions Campaign through my site http://LipreadingMom.com to bring awareness to the need for more captioned Web content. The lack of such content impacts every person's quality of life, not just a person with hearing loss. My son, who is 4, picks up on the subtitles flashing across the TV screen and monitor. He is very visual and learns vocabulary this way. My daughter and oldest son, ages 7 and 11 respectively, like music videos, and there are many on the Internet for them to watch---without captions.
Several companies and networks have been contacted through the Captions Campaign, including Netflix, ABC News, BBC, and Disney.com. The goal is to inform them that captions are necessary for all people---hearing, hard of hearing, deaf, children, parents, teenagers, senior adults.
If you would like to join me in this campaign, visit http://LipreadingMom.com, and click on "Lipreading Mom Captions Campaign." We *can* make a difference, but only if we let our voices be heard by those in charge.
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.