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April 16, 2020 | Back to News and Documents

From the Chair

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Steve Clark, Chair

As we all enter the second month of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever we realize how much we need each other. Whether it’s meeting in person for coffee or for lunch, or a group happy hour to unwind after a long week, we need to socialize. While meeting virtually isn’t the same, it can provide some of that comfort that comes from human contact.

The Global Alliance and the Clear2Connect Coalition have teamed up to provide a weekly virtual social gathering entitled “Social Distancing Doesn’t Have to Mean Social Isolation.” We meet via Zoom every Thursday from 7:00-8:00pm ET. We hope you can join us! Just click Here. Realtime captioning will be provided.

To keep you updated, here are a few highlights of what we are working on:

  • Vice Chair Karyn Menck is working closely with the Hearing Loss Association of America to ensure realtime captioning is provided for all 20 of their Walk4Hearing events this year. Read more from Karyn in this newsletter.
  • Treasurer Jen Schuck and our virtual CFO have been meeting with our CFO to do a regular review of our books to ensure we are current with tax filings and to work on our budget.
  • All our committees are meeting regularly and reporting to the Board.
  • Our first Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for May 11. More details will be forthcoming.
  • New sponsorship opportunities are being developed to help support the work of the Global Alliance. More to come!

Thank you to our members for your continued support! If you are reading this but aren’t a member, we need you and your support. We invite you to join us today! Click here.

Be well, everyone. Stay safe, and take good care of each other.

Captioning Past Versus Present

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From the Secretary, Christine Ales

From the Secretary, Christine Ales

Technology is the buzzword, and it changes monthly, if not daily.  The caption industry is changing, too.  Professional voice writers are more readily accepted, and lately, with the advancement of technology, ASR (automatic speech recognition) has developed to the point that it is a viable alternative to provide captions as well.

Did I mention that I’m a voice writer?  Back in the day, captioners and CART providers were steno writers and court reporters.  Associations were created to educate and certify court reporters.

Fast forward to the present.  After a year of membership in an association, I decided it wasn’t for me.  I had a different vision for myself.  I wanted to caption.  I wanted an association that would address certification and education in the world of captioning.  So, for a long time, I worked on the fringes of the industry, first as a CART provider and eventually as a captioner. Anyone who knows me knows I never put stock in any association. I was focused instead on working as a CART captioner and meeting the quality standards of the companies for whom I worked.

One day last summer, on Facebook, I found the announcement of a new association, the Global Alliance.  I thought, Why do we need another association?  As I read about the founding members and their mission, I thought, Wow!  An association embracing voice writers. Who would have thought?  I liked the mission!  This alliance leaves out no one – all are welcome.  At last! So, I read, and I listened and spoke with a couple of members, and then I joined.  Yes, me – the person who refused to join any association. But wait. It doesn’t end there.  I volunteered to become Secretary, and I’m on two committees.  Who would have thought?

If you are a voice writer and are reading this newsletter, you’re probably asking what changed my mind. It’s time for voice writers to embrace an association that’s willing to work for you, an association that listens to you and an association that will set the industry standard by developing proper assessment and testing for all methods of captioning. To put it simply, an association that welcomes you as the true professional that you are.

My trip to Poland this year opened my eyes to what “Global” truly means. Global Alliance members are from the US, Canada, Australia and Spain. We are caption providers and consumers, as well as industry representatives, advocates and educators. It’s time to reassess and think about the future. You can do that by joining this cutting-edge association that welcomes everyone. I invite you to join the leading professional authority on speech-to-text captioning. That is the Global Alliance! I’m proud to be a member, and I know you will be too. Join us today!

Global Alliance Named HLAA 2020 Communication Access Sponsor

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The Global Alliance is proud to support the Hearing Loss Association of America and serve as its Communication Access Sponsor for HLAA’s 2020 Walk4Hearing events. On behalf of the Global Alliance, I am coordinating volunteer captioning services to ensure seamless communication access for all 20 Walks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HLAA will be holding all their Spring Walk4Hearing events virtually! This is a new concept for all, and details are still being worked out. On Walk day there will be a virtual Zoom meeting to celebrate the Walk and the top teams, followed by entertainment.

The Global Alliance is also a designated National Alliance with the Walks, which means that any donor may designate Global Alliance to receive a portion of the funds raised by the donor.  Last year we had teams in Nashville, Phoenix, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. Right now, we have teams in Nashville and Milwaukee, but we need more. We would love to have a team at every walk this year! Here is a list of the cities and dates:

Westchester/Rockland – May 2
Milwaukee – May 9
Michigan – May 16
Nashville – May 16
Salt Lake City – May 16
Bay Area – May 30
Long Beach – May 31
Connecticut – June 13

If you would like to help HLAA and the Global Alliance by forming a team, simply select Global Alliance as your alliance for the Walk and a portion of any donations your team collects will come to us.  All virtual Walks will be conducted via Zoom. If you would like to provide captioning services for any of the Walks, please contact me at info@speechtotextcaptioning.org. We hope to see you there!

Karyn Menck, Vice Chair

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