Update: Switched at Birth's all ASL Episode is on March 4, 2013 at 8/7 central time. Should be interesting to watch. Update again: I haven't watched it yet. It's DVR'ed so I will be watching it for sure so I can pose questions for students in class. I am curious about our readers' response to the episode. Please comment! :D
at the airport
at the bar
on movie screens
Basically any place that has a form of television or film, captioning can be found.
Irony, so many people complain about it, those who do not have an idea of hearing loss. Captioning helps with information that may be hard to hear over a noisy bar or when the television's volume is off.
Here is a YouTube video #captionTHIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgSrZ-s3MTY This talks about Netflix which the National Association of the Deaf had a lawsuit among others to get Netflix to caption their videos that stream to households. It is captioned...then not, then captioned. Ummm.
What is an equal access right also benefit those who pretend that they can hear everything. Sometimes captions help those who have English as their second language.
Switched at Birth will have a episode where the language will be in ASL and captioned for the non ASL users. There is talk that this episode will be the least watched, not because of ASL being used, because it will be captioned.
Really? Doesn't no one stop to even wonder why we would bother captioning an entire ASL episode for non ASL users when we struggle daily in getting equal access to information for those who cannot hear by captioning? Many people are not used to 'multitasking' visually, so that is why they 'complain' instead of sitting down and putting themselves in OUR shoes for once.
For once! OUR SHOES instead of being selfish over something so trivial that we could have easily denied people access to our language in an episode to the non ASL users.
Be considerate. We have been more than considerate for the general public when it comes to having ASL translated on screen for our peers, families and friends.
http://www.fcc.gov/topic/closed-captioning Federal Communications Commission/CC
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology http://www.coataccess.org/
ABC Family "Switched at Birth" Ground Breaking TV Event http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth/blogs/Season-2/Switched-at-Births-Groundbreaking-Television-Event
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.