On February 15th our HLAA Chapter will be watching an open caption movie instead of our usual meeting. Join us in the Lecture Hall at the Sanderson Community Center, 5709 South 1500 West, Taylorsville, at 10 am for: Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements. There will be a short intermission so we can snack and visit.
June is our annual social and we chose the Red Robin restaurant at the Valley Fair Mall. Oh no, a restaurant? That’s the plan. Watch and learn from the more experienced members with hearing loss how to handle restaurant situations to reduce the typical anxiety that comes with experience. Please let us know you will be joining us, RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting at noon on June 16th and we plan to be together for about an hour and a half. The address is listed below.
Also, bring your smartphone and have the AVA app ready to go. If you missed our AVA meeting, here’s your chance to learn more about it. We will be running our phones with AVA throughout the meeting giving everyone a chance to gain experience with the app so it can be used in other areas of life; doctor appointments, large family gatherings and meetings.
Our leadership changes in June; Bill Ordonez will be our president replacing Kathy Evans and Karen Faddis will be the treasurer replacing Chelle Wyatt. There will be no meeting in July so make sure you don’t miss this one. Come hang out with us and soak up some tribe time.
Red Robin at the Valley Fair Mall
3601 South 2700 West #B152
West Valley City, UT 84119
Let them know you want the Vault, we reserved a private room for our meeting.
Here’s some pictures of socials past….
The new Regal Cinemas in Taylorsville will show The Post with open captions (captions on the screen for everyone to see) for our HLAA chapter meeting on Saturday, February 17th. The show will begin at 10:15 AM. Come a half hour early to get your snacks and drinks; and learn about the caption glasses that they have available for regular showings. This is popular technology in other parts of the country, though some people feel they’re a little heavy on the nose. Try them on and see what you think.
We must tell the theater manager on February 13 how many people we will have there, so please let us know if you are coming at email@example.com. Join us for this great opportunity. It’s only $6 per person.
Here are some links to The Post and to Regal Cinemas (just a couple of blocks from the Sanderson Center):
Movie information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6294822/
Regal Cinemas at 5516 South Redwood Road in Taylorsville: https://www.regmovies.com/theaters/regal-crossroad-14-rpx/C00662716661
Last week at the Sanderson Center we had the opportunity to experience TypeWell, “A system for capturing spoken content and generating an immediate meaning-for-meaning transcript.” Kate Ervin, executive director of Typewell was in Salt Lake and offered to give us a demonstration before leaving town. Reading about it online, I came up with the above description and wondered how it differed from CART.
She came in before the speech reading class putting a lap top and a Kindle Fire in the middle of the table, each facing different sides. She sat to the side with her laptop in front of her, ready to go. The previous week I told the others she would be there but all three of them had no idea what to expect. Kathy, Robin and I are used to captioning but we love having options.
One of the students in the speech reading class was recently deafened due to acoustic neuroma and she was thrilled to see speech transcribed in front of her. Her husband was happy to know these kinds of options exist. Another attendee is a college student who has gone through most of her education without any CART or captioning at all. She was told it was a hassle to sign up with the disability resource center and that a note-taker would work just fine. All this time she struggled through classes when this was available? She could see where it would have made her college time much, much easier.
How is TypeWell different from CART? She uses her laptop with advanced abbreviation software instead of a stenography machine. Kate said they summarize by leaving out false starts and filler words but they also try to capture everything like other people’s remarks and sounds such as car alarms that may be going off outside to show why everyone is looking out the window. It easier for the transcribers if only person at a time talks. CART might better suit someone who wants to hear/see everything such as person with a new CI who is learning to hear again.
How is it like CART? Captioning in all it’s sources is wonderful. Just like CART, it appears on the screen in front of you and it follows the conversation and I didn’t see any missing words (except when I stumbled over my words/sentences). There is a slight delay as with CART but not enough to make a big difference. It can be done on-site or remotely (off-site). Notes can be saved and used to study or review later.
How do people become a transcriber under TypeWell? TypeWell doesn’t provide services but instead train people to do it. Kate said each person has to be able to type 60 words a minute with no errors and they need strong English skills. They have to pass a specific test or they do not get the software to work with. (She also mentioned their software has a math mode for in the classroom.) Training cost is about $500 and about $100-200 dollars a year for the software. There are ongoing training opportunities and workshops to attend.
They will train anyone who can work with a university or an agency first to gain experience (either as an employee or contracted) and later transcribers can become independent contractors. The typical charge for services is $15-$30 an hour, with the high end being $40-$60 and hour. There is a TypeWell provider in the Odgen area and another in Utah County but so far there isn’t one for the Salt Lake City area.
If you are hearing and this sounds good to you, think about applying because the hard of hearing population is growing and I think captioning will be more in demand. People with hearing loss are becoming less passive and want to be included. This job can be used in conjunction with another job, see the TypeWell blog for Jarren in Washington who provides services to both the Deaf and hard of hearing as an ASL interpreter and a TypeWell provider.
TypeWell is another option for real-time access to communication for those who are hard of hearing. Visit their website for more information and locate a local provider with this link: http://support.typewell.com/customer/portal/articles/229852.
Local HLAA member Michael Shelton helped advocate for captions at sporting events at University of Utah. Here’s a letter he wrote to officials expressing his gratitude for making the event accessible to the hard of hearing…
Last Saturday I went to the Utah vs BYU basketball game at the Huntsman Center. I had two of my sons with me visiting from out-of-State and I proudly pointed out to them the captioning on both sides of the arena. I have to honestly say, I never realized how much I missed not hearing the announcements! It was so awesome being able to look up at the caption after there was some call or a comment made regarding the game. I consider myself pretty basketball savy and yet being able to read the announcements added so much more to my understanding and enjoyment of the game.As to the captioning, what I liked was that it is visible for all (hearing or non-hearing alike) and, therefore, not requiring any effort or time checking out an auxiliary device. What I assume and hope in the future is that the captioning will become a part of the score board, positioned in the center of the arena, so we don’t have not to look away from the action to view the captioning.The addition of the captioning is truly a great day for the deaf and hard of hearing! Please convey our heart felt appreciation to all those who have cared and worked so hard to make this possible.Sincerely,Michael SheltonUtah-CANYou too can make a difference in your community in regards to accessibility. For more information visit: http://www.utah-can.org
Written by Joshua Jackson of Utah-CAN
Did you have a hard time hearing those refs with all that cheering and boos during the games, or game plays, or announcements that go on throughout the games? I do and many people at the games do. It is not only the deaf and hard of hearing that struggle, there are hearing folks who struggle as well! I am happy to announce the University of Utah Stadium/Venues are now offering captions!
I am a season ticket holder for the Utah football games and am proud that I have had captioning for the first 3 games. They are using a mini tablet for the time being and plan to add a small LED board just for captioning on the northeast corner of Rice-Eccles Stadium midway of this season. After that, they are hoping to see a brand new Jumbotron in the next year or 2 that will also have a permanent spot for captioning. Exciting news!
As far as the tablet, there have been some issues and I am working closely with the folks at Rice-Eccles Stadium with any problems I come across with them. They have been very responsive and I feel like they are working their hardest to get it working flawlessly. When the captions work, it is incredible to know exactly what is going on and it has turn out that the fans surrounding me have found the tablet useful when they do not hear something going on during the game, they would be asking me what was said on the tablet! This is a big deal for us and I am excited to look forward to the big changes when the install the new LED boards for everyone in the stadium to be able to follow what’s being said throughout the games. So be sure you try to get a chance to go to the Utes football game with captions available and get your tablet from Guest Services on the east or west side of the stadium.
From everyone’s friend Kathy Evans….
Football fans, you are invited! Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah will now have captions to help people follow the game. Announcements, officials’ calls and videos will all have real-time captions. We can now feel that we’re part of the action! Read the U’s announcement of this a http://utahutes.cstv.com/genrel/082813aaa.html.
Notice the tab for tickets at the top of the page . . . You can be a red-blooded Utah fan and enjoy the games in person!
First game is today (Aug 29), against Utah State.
Next game is Sept 7, against Weber State.
Utah-CAN’s Sports Venue Chairperson is Mike Shelton, and he has spent many hours working out details with the people at the U to make this happen. The U jumped right on it when Mike first approached them – we’re grateful to them and congratulate them for making this happen.