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December 11, 2020 | Back to News and Documents

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We’re excited to present our first webinar series! All six webinars are fully accessible and will include realtime closed captioning. Our inaugural webinar, “Innovation and Software: Tools for Realtime and Post-Production Captioning,” was presented on November 20. If you attended the live webinar, you will receive a link to view the recording.
Our second webinar, “Interlingual Subtitling With and Without an Interpreter; A Respeaker’s Perspective,” was presented on December 3. A recording, with open captions, will be available for purchase very soon. Watch our website and social media for updates!
If you missed a live webinar, you can purchase and view on demand here, with open captions.
You don’t want to miss our upcoming webinars:
January 25
Know Your Audience (realtime captioning from a consumer’s perspective)
Presenters: Tina Childress and Michele Michaels
How to Prep for a Realtime Job When You Don’t Receive Prep
Presenter: Josh Foley
Sports Captioning
Presenters: Jennifer Bonfilio and Sandra Smith
Thank you to our Webinar Committee members for your hard work on this series:
Nawal Kirmani, Chair
Karyn Menck
Michele Michaels
Ron Drach
Chris Ales
Steve Clark
We’re grateful to our sponsors who help make this series possible. We could not do this without your support. Thank you!


Thank you to our Sponsors! 





Accessibility Sponsor

Registration Sponsor
In-Kind Sponsors for donating streaming time
Sandra Smith for donating realtime captioning services
Chris Ales for donating realtime captioning services
Jill Rausch for donating post-production captioning services
I hope you are all staying home, staying safe and staying healthy. Your Board of Directors and all Global Alliance committees have been hard at work these last few weeks. Read on to discover what we’ve been up to. Thank you!
Assessment and Certification Committee Update
The last few months have been especially busy for the Global Alliance Certification and Assessment Committee members. Developing and refining a certification and assessment model is time-consuming and sometimes arduous, but we continue to work to develop what we know will be the best certification and assessment for realtime captioning, one that others will be compared to and one that will set us apart as an association.
Members of the Assessment and Certification Committee are Pablo Romero-Fresco (Chair), Chris Ales, Deanna Baker and Steve Clark. We are using the NER model to develop our assessment. Because we recognize the importance of having among our members certified NER evaluators, we are all working diligently to complete our training toward certification. You’ll find an update below.
More members of this committee are needed. Please email us at if you’re interested in volunteering.
Here is an update from our committee:
  • The certification process for an evaluator is as follows: The evaluator must complete seven NER evaluations. Deanna is on her second evaluation, and Steve is on his seventh. Chris has completed her evaluations and is being mentored by Pablo to critique Steve's evaluations. Once Steve and Deanna are certified evaluators, they will be mentored by Pablo and/or Chris to critique other evaluators.
  • Josh Foley, Global Alliance member, is joining the committee. We will then have four evaluators ready to certify others.
  • Additional trainers and evaluators are needed.
Next steps as a committee are as follows:
  • Define the certification and training process of Committee Members and others.  
  • Discuss cost of certification for Committee members. 
  • Outline the assessment and certification process to be used and standardized. 
  • Complete additional assessments toward certification. 
  • Choose assessment materials to be used by the Global Alliance. 
  • Determine individual cost of assessment and/or certification for members. 
  • Determine if an outside organization should approve the assessment. 
  • Present final recommendation for Board approval.
We anticipate our certification and assessment will be completed in early 2021. Watch for more updates in coming newsletters.

Other Committee Updates

Nominations Committee
Recently the call went out to fill four vacancies on our Board of Directors as we have four Board terms that will be completed in January. We will conduct interviews over the next few weeks, and a slate of nominees will be presented before our January 2021 Annual Meeting.
In August we will have four additional Directors’ positions and four Officers’ positions to fill: Chair, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. We also will have our first Immediate Past Chair, who remains on the Board for one year.
If you’re interested in serving on our Board of Directors, we need you! Email us at
Policies and Procedures Committee Update
Our committee has completed its review of the Global Alliance bylaws, and our suggested changes and updates were forwarded to our legal counsel for review and comment. Following legal review, the Board was presented with the updated bylaws for its approval. Once approved by the Board, all Global Alliance members will receive a copy of the new bylaws and will be asked to vote on approval at the Annual Meeting in January 2021.
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Newsletter Assistance Needed
If you have a knack for writing and editing, we need you! We’re looking for one or two Global Alliance members to take over preparing our newsletter, which is sent every two to four weeks. Your time commitment will be about four hours a month.
Interested? Email us at today!
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