Summer is here and some of us are spending some hard earned money to take a vacation. Some of travelers are also hearing impaired and are consumers of the airline and cruise industry.
Thirty-six million Americans are hearing impaired and/or deaf, yet we are still struggling to obtain captioning on television, the internet, movie theaters, Broadway shows and many other places. Within the next few weeks, I’ll be flying several planes and cruising to Alaska. However, I bet my airline ticket that the shows and movies offered won’t have captions.
So, what’s a customer to do? I am a full ticket paying customer who just wants to enjoy the flight and cruise like everyone else. I’m not deaf, and watching a show is more enjoyable when I understand what’s being said. The only way I am able to understand speech is through captions. I feel as though I spend half my life advocating and the other half learning about social media. I can’t help but say to myself, thirty-six million Americans are hearing impaired, why aren’t we all out there advocating for universal captioning?
Then again, could you imagine if we all showed up at the White House lawn to make a statement? Time to speak up. This country has allowed the silence to take over. The more silent we are, the less power we have to make change. Help advocate for captioning. How? Write the producers of non-captioned TV shows. Thank them producers who DO caption your favorite shows. Join the battle by joining CCAC http://www.ccacaptioning.org/ and get informed.
Educating yourself as a consumer is the most important thing. We deserve it.