Deaf FAQ: My Perspective

Meryl looks up with a finger on her chin giving a look that she's thinking

When I give a presentation, I always preface it: “I can only share my experience as a deaf person because we’re all diverse.” We’re all different. Some of us are born deaf. Some are late-deafened. Some of us wear hearing devices. Some don’t. Some of us learn to speak and read lips. Some of us … Read more

Does Your Video Make These 6 Common Caption Mistakes?

Video still of Meryl with long captions

You review your captioned video one more time for caption mistakes. It contains no typos. The captions sync up with the audio. They have a blackish background with a whitish font. The captions show no signs of any leftovers from automatic captions aka autocraptions. That means it’s captimized right? Captimize is my term for captions … Read more

6 Reasons Why Automatic Captions Are a Big Problem

Problem with Autocaptions slide. Captions say "Thanks for capturing Russian traction Valium concentration happened crippling."

Would you publish an article on your website if it has typos and other errors? Well, then. Would you publish captions on your website if it has typos and other errors? That’s what automatic captions are and why I call them autocraptions. Automatic captions are like a person or synthesized voice speaking flatly without inflection … Read more

Accessibility Lawsuits: Why Supporters Need to Be Careful

Woman in lizard pose in captioned Peloton workout video

Out of the blue, I received multiple messages pointing to an article on TMZ about an accessibility lawsuit. It had a sensationalist headline: “Peloton Sued: Deaf Folks Need More Guidance!!!” Before I opened the article, I could feel myself getting riled up for two reasons. The first being the headline. The second reason comes in … Read more

Why Processes Matter More in Times of Crisis

Globe wearing mask

If there’s one thing we can count on, it’s this: prepare for the unexpected. No company can think of every possible scenario that will happen. One of the first things to do is to create a process. There’s always going to be a need for a process or making a change to one. And believe … Read more

Which Is the Best Automatic Captioning Tool for Video Calls?

Video call with automatic captioning by Google Slides

One good thing came out of COVID-19. It forced me to try video calls again. The reason I don’t love video calls is that I miss too much. While I’m a strong lipreader, video calls have a few challenges. Why I shied away from video calls The turning point Automatic captioning guidelines for video calls … Read more

10 Rules You Need to Create Great Captioned Videos

We have a new problem with videos. It’s sort of a good problem to have. With more do-it-yourself captioning software hitting the market, more people are captioning their videos. However, the options they select for their captions aren’t good quality and hurt the user experience. When you watch captions for decades, you learn what works … Read more

These Side-by-Side Videos Will Make You Rethink Your Captioned Videos

Captioned Video Guide: Side-by-Side

With the growing number of tools for captioning videos making do-it-yourself captions possible, so is the growing number of captioned videos with crappy captions. Sometimes people don’t realize the importance of something until they see a good and bad example side-by-side. This series of side-by-side videos tell the story of why each rule of awesome … Read more

The Complete Guide to Captioned Videos

Captioned Videos Complete Guide

Born profoundly deaf, I’ve depended on captioned videos since getting my first big clunky decoder in 1983. It was a box about the size of the older VHS and DVD players. Back then, captioned shows and movies were hard to find. Few things excited me more than seeing the caption symbol on the cover of … Read more

These 6 Reasons Will Make You Want to Caption Your Videos

6 reasons to caption video

Do you caption your videos? Why or why not? Let us know in comments. World Health Organization reports that more than 5 percent of the world’s population is deaf or hard of hearing. [Source WHO] And guess what. The deaf and hard of hearing are not the main users of captions or subtitles! So captioning … Read more