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January 4, 2021 | Back to News and Documents

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GLOBAL ALLIANCE WEBINAR SERIES

In November and December, we presented the first two webinars in our six-part series:
  • “Innovation and Software: Tools for Realtime and Post-Production Captioning
  • “Interlingual Subtitling, With and Without an Interpreter: A Respeaker’s Perspective.” 
Both webinars are available now! Purchase and view on demand, with open captions. 
You don’t want to miss our upcoming webinars:
January 25, 2021
Know Your Audience (realtime captioning from a consumer’s perspective)
Presenters: Tina Childress and Michele Michaels
February 11, 2021
Captioning in a World with No Prep
Presenter: Josh Foley
March 20, 2021
Sports Captioning Success: Learn from the Pros  
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

Webinar Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available
Are you interested in sponsoring our webinar series? Do you know someone you think would be interested? Email us at info@speechtotextcaptioning.org and we’ll get in touch!

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

GOLD SPONSOR

 

 
SILVER SPONSOR




BRONZE SPONSORS


Accessibility Sponsor


Registration Sponsor
 
In-Kind Sponsors
StreamText.net 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
FROM THE CHAIR
 2020 is a year we will all remember, but frankly one we all would like to forget. Too many of us have family, friends and colleagues who have been affected by COVID-19. We’re thankful to the scientists and researchers who developed a vaccine so quickly, as well as the frontline workers who work tirelessly every day. We welcome a return to normal – whatever that will be – in 2021. On behalf of the Global Alliance, I wish you all peace, good health and much-needed joy and laughter in the new year.
 
What Has the Global Alliance Done in 2020?
The Global Alliance held five virtual social gatherings during COVID-19, partnering with the Clear2Connect Coalition (C2C). These gatherings created a safe space for members and nonmembers to meet and share their experiences and concerns, as well as ideas for how to survive and thrive during the pandemic. Global Alliance members generously donated their realtime captioning talent to make these gatherings fully accessible for all.
  • In December we held the first of six educational webinars, with topics of interest to all members of the Global Alliance, as well as nonmembers. Each webinar is available to view on demand.
  • We served as the Communication Sponsor for all Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walks4Hearing, providing realtime captioning for each event.
  • We joined the Clear2Connect Coalition and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance. C2C and DHHA are comprised of disability advocacy and veterans service organizations committed to working on behalf of people with hearing loss.
  • We supported the Language Access Professional Association (LAPA) and its efforts to stop California bill AB5, which would harm freelance captioners and sign language interpreters.
  • Our members presented at the Hearing Access & Inclusion Conference.
  • Our members presented at, and captioned for, regional HLAA meetings.
  • We were interviewed by International Conference Services (ICS) and discussed all forms of captioning and the importance of communication access.
  • We attended Federal Communication Commission meetings and hearings.
  • We donated to charitable organizations, including Starkey Hearing Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Salvation Army, Feeding America and No Kid Hungry.
Assessment and Certification Committee Update
In the last newsletter, we updated you on the Global Alliance Certification and Assessment Committee. 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.
More members of this committee are needed. Please email us at info@speechtotextcaptioning.org if you’re interested in volunteering.
We anticipate our certification and assessment will be completed in early 2021. Watch for more updates in coming newsletters.

SERVICE DIRECTORY IS NOW ONLINE!

Are You a Captioning Service Provider?
Are You Looking for Captioning Services?
If you’re a Global Alliance member, and you provide captioning services, be sure you’ve added your information to our captioning service provider tab. Sign in at our website, then click My Profile and choose yes to “Display my contact information in the public directory.”
 
Are you looking for captioning services? Click the link below and visit our website. Global Alliance members in this directory are ready to provide you the highest quality captioning services, both realtime and post-production.
 
https://speechtotextcaptioning.org/Find-a-Captioning-Service-Provider
 
Not yet a Global Alliance member? Join now:
https://speechtotextcaptioning.org/join
  
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 info@speechtotextcaptioning.org today!
 
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