Sunday November 29, 2015

How to make websites more accessible for people who are deaf

An example of the content of a webpage translated into ASL through video from the Canadian Hearing Society.

An example of the content of a webpage translated into ASL through video from the Canadian Hearing Society. (chs.ca)

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This time on Spark we're looking at designing for connection, learning and accessibility. But what does accessibility online look like? The lack of quality captions and transcriptions online does present a big challenge for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Joe Dolson is a web developer who specializes in accessible web design.

And according to George Schinarakis, even if transcriptions or captions are there, it still isn't enough. And that's because the problem isn't just about hearing. It's about the written word.

George Schinarakis is the founder of Deaf Youth Empowerment. He's also been working with the organization Futurpreneur to create videos that translate the written content on their site into American Sign Language. The videos aren't up yet, but it's the kind of thing George wants to see more of. Here's an example of a page translated into ASL through video from the Canadian Hearing Society.

Below is the audio and transcript of the conversation.