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Helpers with Paws: A Closer Look at Dogs for the Deaf

As an adult, all of my pets have been rescue dogs. They included long-haired chihuahua ‘Shorty’ (1996-2000), Japanese Chin ‘Sammy’ (1998-2008), and cocker spaniel ‘Jake’ (2005-and still going strong). Although not specially trained, they have helped alert me to these noises around my house that I couldn’t hear because of my progressive hearing loss: knocking … Continue reading

Captioning Advocates Are Needed! An Interview with the Collaboration for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC)

One of Lipreading Mom’s favorite organizations is CCAC—Collaboration for Communication Access via Captioning. Founder Lauren Storck leads volunteers worldwide on a variety of captioning advocacy projects. One of them—Show Me the Captions—promoted going to see captioned cinema films and encouraged everyone to ask for theaters to “Show me the captions!” I recently asked Lauren a … Continue reading

Captions Go Back in Time: A Look at Movie Captioning Past and Present with YourLocalCinema.com

Have you wondered why many of us—Lipreading Mom included—are so passionate about captioning and accessible entertainment? As someone with hearing loss, I know the benefit of having captions, assistive listening devices, and other accessible technology. It is the difference between understanding media and not. I asked Derek Brandon, editor of YourLocalCinema.com in the United Kingdom, … Continue reading

Captions Past and Present: An Interview with Closed Captioning Pioneer Larry Goldberg

Did you know that closed captioning dates back to 1970s’ government programs? Or that the first reflective-glass captioning devices used in movie theaters were modeled off of bike helmets? Lipreading Mom recently interviewed the pioneer of cinema captioning technology—Larry Goldberg. Known as the inventor of rear-window captioning theater technology, Goldberg is director of the Carl … Continue reading