Global Alliance Update – July

Global Alliance Update – July

From the Chair

I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and doing well as we all continue to learn how to live, work and thrive during this pandemic. Thank you for taking the time to get caught up on what has been happening with the Global Alliance.

At our last Board meeting, in May, we presented an opportunity to bring on board a full-time association management firm, International Conference Services (ICS). Following the presentation, the Board voted to approve the hiring of ICS. Most of our day-to-day operational and general office tasks are now being handled by ICS. This includes email and phone calls; social media management, in tandem with our social media developer, Leverage; stakeholders and fundraising support; and financial management, working closely with Jen Schuck, our Treasurer; Board meetings and member communication. We are thrilled and, frankly, relieved to have ICS on board!

Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for August 4. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Members will receive an email inviting them to register to attend. Realtime captioning will be provided.
We have two Board seats to fill, and at this meeting we will be making those appointments. Our Membership and Nominations Committee has been busy interviewing members who have expressed an interest in filling one of these Board seats. We are in the fortunate position of having more interviewees than open Board seats. Come January 2021, we will have additional seats to fill, and we are hopeful that any interested member who interviews now and is not chosen will keep his or her name in consideration for January.

Karyn Menck, our Vice Chair, has been busy with her work coordinating the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walks for Hearing. HLAA has just announced that the fall Walks will be virtual as well.  There are ten fall Walks, and we’ll be reaching out for volunteers again. Thank you to our Global Alliance members who donated their captioning talent to make these Walks accessible!

In June, Jen Schuck and I represented the Global Alliance during a one-hour Twitter chat as part of the Event Planners Talk Digital Festival, #eventprofstalk. I won’t lie – as much as we tried to prepare, Jen and I were still unsure what to do or how a Twitter chat works, even with the host providing us with prep materials and instructions. Once the event got going, we both commented how much fun it was. Our hour was all about how to make your event fully accessible with realtime captioning. Approximately 40 conference attendees joined us. We were asked to provide topic questions ahead of time, and the host would pose each question for discussion. The discussion is all written, and the pace can be fast and furious. It almost felt like speed dating! The feedback from those in attendance was very positive, and we were able to share a link to the Global Alliance Guidelines for Captioning Services document, as well as a link to our website. After one hour we were exhausted, but we walked away feeling energized by the enthusiasm and interest for realtime captioning.

The Global Alliance is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Much progress has been made, but there is more work to be done. Our work at the Global Alliance continues until there is universal accessibility for everyone via all forms of captioning. We recently posted this open captioned ADA 30th anniversary video on all our social media platforms. Thanks to Jen Schuck for producing this video and Karyn Menck for adding the open captions!

In closing, I want to thank you, our members, for your continued support of our vision of universal accessibility to the spoken word via all forms of captioning. While our membership continues to grow – four new members joined last month, including one from Poland! – we need more members and member involvement. If you’re reading this and you’re not yet a member, the time to join us is now. You can even pay in four installments of just $48.75. What are you waiting for? Click here and become a member today!
Again, thank you for keeping up with us. Stay safe, stay healthy, and take good care of each other.

Thank you!!

The Global Alliance thanks Caption Tools and Founding Member Tanya English for donating their time and talents to add postproduction captions to our online content, including our Meet & Greet series. Thank you, Caption Tools!
Learn more about Caption Tools by visiting http://captiontools.com/
Thank you, Caption Tools, for your generous and continued support!

AudioScribe is a proud sponsor of the Global Alliance. Learn more about AudioScribe’s products and services by visiting https://audioscribe.com/
Thank you, AudioScribe, for your sponsorship and support!