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From the Chair
What makes you want to join an association?  There are so many nonprofit organizations in the world.  They are all started with a specific goal in mind.  In general, they all want to make the world a better place, improve the lives of society in one way or another.  With nearly 20% of the world’s population having some level of hearing loss, this is exactly why the Global Alliance needs your membership.  

Hearing loss is an invisible disability, but you know this already.  Professional captioners are frustrated with the industry.  Consumers are frustrated with less-than-effective communication access on television or no access to events such as city council meetings.  When you think of captioning, do you think of all the wrong words or the gibberish that makes no sense?  This is exactly why the Global Alliance needs your membership.

Recently, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman used realtime captioning in a political debate.  This accommodation has been the subject of some media attention calling into question the ability to lead.  Captioning is an accommodation, no different than a wheelchair, glasses, or a cane.  There is so much education that needs to be done to show all the benefits of accurate, high-quality captioning to the general public.  This is exactly why the Global Alliance needs your membership.

Nonprofits are driven by passion and desire to make a difference. If you are reading this newsletter but are not a member, join us today.  Do not assume someone else will do the work.  It is going to take all of us to make a difference.

Why should you get certified?
  • Credibility

  • Job opportunities

  • Differentiation

  • Professional development

  • Marketability 

  • Networking

  • Free advertising on the GA website

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Activity Update
The Captioning Quality Task Force is making its final preparations to launch the data-gathering initiative. In the coming weeks, you will be able to upload videos of broadcast captions that you believe to be either ineffective or great. The Global Alliance will be transcribing these videos, grading them according to the NER method, and analyzing the outcomes. Watch our social media for instructions on how to start submitting samples!  

The Board of Directors will be meeting on Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Members, visit the Members only page to register for this meeting. 

Have you checked out our YouTube channel lately? Learn more about our new board members:  Orla Pearson, Rip Wilson, and Jessica Aiello.

Board Member Spotlight:

Orla Pearson is a director of MyClearText Ltd, based in the United Kingdom. Orla is an Irish Citizen living in London.

Orla was educated in Dublin and trained to be a stenographer in Bray, working in London in the courts system before embarking on a long career at the BBC in 1994. She also has served as a council member on the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters, helping them to recognize and support captioners in the UK.

Why did you decide to serve on the Global Alliance Board?

By bringing the Global Alliance some visibility in the UK. I think pushing the quality captioning agenda is the strength, but also educating people as to why it matters. Making sure people understand what good captioning looks like and what bad captioning looks like. Getting to the decision makers for contracts and events and educating them about the nuances around providing this kind of access to the public. 

HLAA Walk4Hearing - DONATE NOW!
The Walk4Hearing is the only nationwide event bringing attention to hearing loss and promoting the importance of hearing health. Funds raised support HLAA’s national awareness and education programs, HLAA Chapters and State Associations, and alliance organizations who help extend HLAA’s mission into local communities. 40% of funds donated go back to the Global Alliance Speech-to-Text Captioning. Every penny helps!  Donate now.
 
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. 
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