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Seriously, are you kidding me?

No captions??

[sigh]

This shows lack of accessibility...

I'm genuinely concerned, as Internet is growing at a rapid pace, and the Deaf community is lagging even further behind, because we're lacking access to information.

CNN is an excellent source for global news, however they do not caption their videos at all.

Greater Los Angeles on Deafness (GLAD) is currently in a lawsuit with them.

There's another example, with Netflix, as they now use streaming to view videos online and many of them are not captioned.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed a lawsuit against Netflix for this.

It's not the just two. There are many more examples, including sports.

Would you like to see more examples?

There you go!

Numerous examples are presented in a graphic montage of company wordmarks including:

  • Obama-Biden
  • HBO
  • CNN
  • Yahoo!
  • Money.com
  • abc
  • Romney
  • AOL
  • Fox News
  • ESPN
  • The Huffington Post
  • CBS News
  • Time
  • NBA
  • NBC
  • USA Today
  • Wired
  • Showtime
  • Blockbuster
  • BBC
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • amazon.com
  • Fortune
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Prime
  • Fortune
  • Netflix
  • NFL
  • E online
  • Sports Illustrated

See that? There is that many!

I want you to understand what Deaf people go through everyday.

But how do I do that?

Ah-ha. I know!

I would like to share with you a great quote by Pierre Desloges.

It is certainly inspirational and invokes goose bumps.

[Snaps fingers]

[No captions are displayed. Instead sign language is used alone to communicate the quote.]

[Snaps fingers]

[Captions resume]

Guess the year he wrote the quote.

No idea?

Let me tell you, the year of 1779.

Quite a while ago!

Bet you are relieved the captions are back?

Did you feel lost and confused?

That is because you lacked access to our language.

Now imagine experiencing this everyday.

You might think that captions are only for the Deaf community? This is not true.

In fact, it can benefit everyone.

Here is a brief list of how you can benefit from captions.

[List of benefits is presented]

Captioning online videos will:

  • Help people with age-related hearing loss
  • Increase video searchability
  • Improve literacy skills
  • Enable universal access

Now, I need your support to stop the oppression that denies Deaf people our right to access information.

Let us all work together and call attention to this issue.

How?

Social media.

What? Use this hashtag!

#captionTHIS

Let us take advantage of Facebook and Twitter!

Start talking about this and spread the word.

I want all of us to work together and make this happen on a specific day.

When? June 6th.

On June 6, let us work fervently to contact all companies, organizations and people who neglected to caption their online videos.

It is time for us to end this social injustice.

June 6th is the day the world will hea--- SEE us!

Please spread the word by sharing this video. Thank you!

And the quote?

I cannot understand how a language like sign language the richest in expressions, the most energetic, the most incalculably advantageous in its universal intelligibility - is still so neglected and that only the deaf speak it (as it were). This is, I confess, one of those irrationalities of the human mind that I cannot explain. - Pierre Desloges, 1779

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