This is a re-posting of an article I posted a year ago. Unfortunately, the only changes that have happened in the raw world, vis a vis access for Deaf, is that there are fewer options. As videos grow in popularity among information distributors, fewer options are available on-line for Deaf, who cannot necessarily understand the audio portion of the videos. As a result, Deaf have actually suffered a loss of access, a reduction of availability of information on the Internet, which once seemed to promise a new open window to information previously unavailable.
Too many information providers have gone video, whether totally, or in part, and forgotten that their public does include individuals who do not hear. We have gone from amazing availability of information back to the television age before closed captions. This is, my friends, a move backward. Let’s arrest this move, so that we all can move forward
The Internet has given us a broad “voice” across the oceans, but, with the advancements in technology, some of us are leaving behind some of the others of us.. It has opened possibilities of communication for untold communities.
Recently, many people are providing videos, which, although they may be entertaining and/or informative, are virtually inaccessible to those who cannot hear them. I’d like to ask that people who post important raw food videos (I’m saying “important” because I imagine that the posters do consider them so) also make transcripts of the videos available.
Recently, I went to a famous equipment vendor’s site to look for information. There I found an informational video which was virtually inaccessible to any newbie… since I am familiar with the type of equipment, I could imagine/figure out what was being said, but I am sure that I missed a lot of information.
Tonight, an email referred me to a David Wolfe interview, but when I clicked, I found only a video. I might find the man attractive enough to look at for a few minutes, but I would much rather know what he was saying.
My computer is deaf , i.e., my computer and I do not hear any sounds. While this is my own choice, there are many other people who are *not* deaf by choice, who are newly being shut out from information because of the new ways we have found to deliver information .
The Internet was, until recently, a wonderfully world-wide available information source, however, with recent technological advancements, a number of us have been left out. While Deaf can avail themselves of “printed” information on the Internet, the proliferation of informational videos on the Internet is shutting out people who do not have speakers connected to their computers.
Unfortunately, the Internet, which, originally looked like a very open informational source, is becoming exclusionist. People who do not hear are once again being shut out. This is, I am sure, an oversight by the hearing, but it is a mean and unfair one, which leaves out many people who might benefit from the information in the videos posted.
Of course, it is easy for the Hearing to forget that there are people who do not hear, and, until the advent of the Intenet, Hearing and Deaf were pretty well separated culture-wise. Now, with the Internet, Deaf have a new way to interact with the world at large, and become members of the world community in a way never before available. (Although I am able to operate well in the hearing community, I do hope that the Internet has provided a happy opening into the world at large for all Deaf) Unfortunately, the recent developments which allow videos bring exclusion once again to people who do not hear.
I would like to ask here that people who post informational videos provide easily accessible transcripts, in order to make the information in the videos available to everyone.
I’d like to suggest that people who post instruction or informational videos simultaneously make available transcripts of those videos so that those of us who do not hear sounds from our computers may also avail ourselves of the information made available in the videos. Failing to do so amounts to discrimination against people who cannot hear the soundtracks of videos.