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“We Hear You” & Google Have a good time Incapacity Satisfaction — Weblog


July is Incapacity Satisfaction Month and “We Hear You” was pleased to have fun. Thanks to Google Accessibility, Google’s Incapacity Alliance and Dimitri Kanevsky for inviting us to display “We Hear You” at Google and for internet hosting a post-viewing dialogue. It was a terrific dialog that raised consciousness in regards to the wants of individuals with listening to loss and highlighted the numerous methods know-how can ease communication.

The reside occasion was nicely attended and is obtainable for replay internally at Google. We hope just a few excerpts can be shared externally. Keep tuned for particulars and hyperlinks.

Know-how Boosts Communication

The Incapacity Satisfaction digital occasion highlighted a bunch of tech instruments that assist communication. The movie included open captions (seen on the display for all) and open audio description (audible/captioned for all). The post-film dialogue utilized reside (CART) in addition to auto captioning by way of the Relate app which has been educated to decode Dimitri’s heavily-accented speech.

Audio Description Provides Vivid Particulars

I by no means skilled audio-description earlier than and it was unimaginable! The colourful language introduced the scene to life. It made me surprise how emotional context may very well be added to captions too. The audio description additionally included a dubbed English translation of Roxana’s Spanish which was useful for individuals who couldn’t learn the interpretation within the captions.

Questions Targeted on Alternatives

A number of viewers requested questions to assist them higher perceive the lived listening to loss expertise. Others targeted on methods Google may use know-how to boost communication.

Examples embody:

  • How do you consult with your listening to loss and why?
  • How can we encourage medical services to embrace handheld captioning alternate options?
  • Past transcripts, how can we make visible representations extra helpful?

Enchancment was the Phrase of the Day

One commenter complained that viewers wanted to entry the CART captioning on a separate tab somewhat than on the livestream itself. This reveals that even Google—one of many largest and most profitable corporations on the earth—can do extra to enhance accessibility. It was terrific, nonetheless, to see how strongly incapacity is included in Google’s efforts to embrace variety, fairness and inclusion.

“We Hear You” Creates a Listening to Loss Connection

Most mainstream media about listening to difficulties focuses on Deaf tradition—a ravishing and legitimate expertise—however not a typical one for individuals with listening to difficulties. Actually, as we are saying within the movie, lower than 5% of individuals with listening to loss use signal language to speak.

“We Hear You” resonated with viewers. See one participant’s remark beneath.

Thanks all a lot! As an individual who additionally experiences listening to loss, I actually related to your tales and challenges. Particularly about how the pandemic and masking has elevated the sensation of isolation in our neighborhood. Thanks on your advocacy!

Viewer remark

“We Hear You” is obtainable to hire or buy on Vimeo. Study extra right here.

Incapacity Satisfaction New to Individuals with Listening to Loss

Individuals with listening to loss could also be new to incapacity pleasure. They could even surprise, “Does my listening to loss make me disabled?

In actuality, the reply should be an emphatic YES! That is the one manner we are able to obtain the protections we’d like below the People With Disabilities Act. However the phrase can also be fraught with emotion and stigma. Maybe it’s that stigma that retains some individuals with listening to loss from accepting it, particularly in the event that they developed listening to loss as an grownup. But, it’s a part of what makes us uniquely ourselves. We have to embrace it, and personal it, and do all we are able to to not let it stand in our manner. That’s my objective.

About “We Hear You”

We Hear You” is an award-winning documentary that focuses on the lived listening to loss expertise. It touches on stigma and the challenges that individuals with listening to loss face in on a regular basis communication. It additionally shares the silver linings of listening to loss, like assembly individuals you won’t have in any other case met and the facility of peer help. Conceived, filmed, and directed throughout two continents, all through the pandemic, it options 4 ladies with listening to loss.

Holly Cohen is a listening to well being advocate and an govt producer of “We Hear You.” She writes and speaks about methods to interrupt down listening to loss stigma and serves on the Board of HLAA’s New York Metropolis chapter.

Shari Eberts is a listening to well being advocate and an govt producer of “We Hear You.” She writes the favored listening to loss weblog LivingWithHearingLoss.com and is the writer of the ebook Hear & Past: Reside Skillfully with Listening to Loss with fellow-advocate Gael Hannan.

Toni Iacolucci advocates for communication entry for individuals with listening to loss in medical settings and is a part of the strategic group for HLAA’s CommunicationAccess in Well being Care Program.

Roxana Rotundo is an govt producer of “We Hear You” and the CEO of VIP 2000 TV, a movies and content material distribution firm. She is a juror of the Worldwide Academy of Tv Arts & Sciences.  

Readers, is your office, classroom or native venue involved in internet hosting a viewing of “We Hear You”? If that’s the case, please be in contact.

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Guide: Hear & Past: Reside Skillfully with Listening to Loss



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