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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN EMERGENCIES: For All Teams Involved in Emergency Preparedness and Response, Medical and Non-Medical
To communicate with people who have hearing loss or deafness, anything visual is a first choice for Effective Communication, along with speaking as usual, clearly and facing the person who may have some residual hearing. For examples: written notes, texting, using an iPad/tablet and typing the words, and perhaps fastest and best, creating live real-time captioning (speech to text) from an app like Otter or Caption Live on Apple devices, or on Android/Google devices, something called Live Transcribe. These machine dictation systems are not perfect, yet serve well if there is a functioning Internet.
Local Fire, Police, and First Responders, as well as the wider community of helpers, will want to understand that Effective Communication for people who are hard of hearing and deaf is real-time text. This is critically important when a person with hearing loss experiences a life-threatening episode of any sort.
NB: Sign language is used by about 2% of roughly 50 million people of all ages in the USA with hearing loss/deafness, and still vital for those who cannot read or know little English.)
CCAC MEMBERS ADVOCATE VIGOROUSLY FOR ALL GOVERNMENT CHANNELS ONLINE TO BE ACCESSIBLE WITH QUALITY CAPTIONING! YES, THEY MUST – CITIES AND TOWNS, STATES, NATIONALLY.
OPEN CAPTIONS AT MOVIES STRONGLY SUPPORTED.
NEWS MEDIA ONLINE MUST BE CAPTIONED. TOO MANY ARE NOT DOING THIS YET. HOW ABOUT YOUR LOCAL NEWS ONLINE VIDEOS?
FIRST CAPTIONING ADVOCACY CONFERENCE ONLINE ACCOMPLISHED.
CCAC President appointed to International “Event Speech to Text Committee” of the IFHOH.