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Can We Build an Internet That Includes the Hearing Impaired?

Article publié le Wednesday 18 March 2015.


In the Age of the Internet, one group is being left out of the conversation-the hearing impaired.

Author : Steve Friess @SteveFriess
March 17, 2015

Steve Friess is a freelance writer.

Like any good Apple fanboy, I stopped everything last Monday to see what new goodies CEO Tim Cook had up his sleeve or, in this case, on his wrist. I came away uncertain if I need an Apple Watch-and wondering why a company as admired for devices that break down barriers for people with disabilities had chosen to make this event inaccessible for millions of people like me. My frustration: The presentation’s live stream didn’t have real-time closed captioning.

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This is a common problem for people with hearing loss in the digital age, and the next day I found myself equally aggravated to see that just one major news website-CNN-provided live subtitles for Hillary Clinton’s email press conference. MSNBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, Bloomberg, and CSPAN all lacked live captioning on their streams, especially baffling since they all included them in the live TV presentations of the same event.

Source : time.com

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