CREATING ACCESSIBLE AUDIO CONTENT
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Overview

All online and broadcast media should be made available and accessible to people who have hearing loss, persons who are hard of hearing, and who are deaf, culturally Deaf, oral deaf, and/or deafened. In this second module, we will learn how to make audio content for radio shows and podcasts more accessible through the use of written transcripts. Transcription is the conversion of audio and sound to written text and in this module, we will practice transcribing, and learn about software and technologies that exist to help with the transcription process.

American Sign Language (ASL) and Quebec Sign Language, known as la langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ) are the official languages of Deaf Canadians. ASL/LSQ videos can accompany and interpret audio, podcasts and radio shows for people who are Deaf and use sign language.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Assess how to make audio content accessible for persons who have hearing loss, people who are hard of hearing, and who are deaf, culturally Deaf, oral deaf, and/or deafened in order to acknowledge systemic barriers in broadcast media.
  • Practice transcribing audio content manually in order to make radio shows, podcasts, and other audio material more inclusive.
  • Introduce American Sign Language (ASL) and Quebec Sign Language, la langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ) in order to establish sign language as an important and viable way of making audio content accessible.
  • Evaluate recent initiatives to make broadcast radio content accessible within Canada and in the United States in order to make audio content accessible and inclusive.
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Important Terms and Concepts

  • Hearing loss, hard of hearing, culturally Deaf, oral deaf, and/or deafened
  • Transcription
  • American Sign Language (ASL), Quebec Sign Language, la langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ)
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Connect to Practice

Making audio content accessible for persons who have hearing loss, people who are hard of hearing, and who are deaf, culturally Deaf, oral deaf, and/or deafened.