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Plz help us all - request CAPTION or SUBTITLE in newest DVD features survey! Thx

Monday, March 11, 2013

Heads up, plz!! In today's "Insider" tab (Start Page), there is a link to a servey which is asking for input as what kind of dvd we want in the next one - and I personally don't care exactly what kinds of workouts they are - I just would like to see them captioned or subtitles for the deaf & hard of hearing, as well as for our international Sparkers who many not be native English speakers...

They give a couple of "write in your own comments" areas - one was asking for "name of DVD" and I wrote something like "Open Captioned and ACCESSIBLE DVD for EVERYONE" - whatever the title is, I'd like it to be clear and upfront that it's accessible to all. I don't want to be squinting and hunting all over in the back for some tiny CC or subtitle symbol.

Later, there is another fill in the blank area and if I copied it right, I said:
"There are many of us on SparkPeople who benefit from captioning, music at a volume that is lower and doesn't overpower speaker's voice (or has toggle option to turn muzack off, like some workout dvd's I own.). There is even entire team of Dead/Hard of Hearing Sparkers who would really love open caption or subtitles (caption better, it includes environmental indicators like "background music" etc.). I know of many in Deaf group who have their status "hidden" so that when you look at the teams on their SparkPage, it's not shown. But captioning benefits more than just deaf or hard of hearing - also our international members who are not native speakers. Yes, it is not "required" by the letter of the Law - but it would be a blessing in the Spirit of the Law, good Karma, whatever it is you people subscribe to in the interest of good and positive and uplifting. I end up donating SparkPeople videos elsewhere because the woman's voice is just too soft and high pitched. It's not her fault she's that way. But it is extremely difficult to understand and even to lipread. Thanks for your consideration of this issue."

So whatever input you can share in response to the survey would be appreciated!! The more, the merrier!!! (I also clicked off features, in the other segment of the survey, like seated exercise etc.)

Thanks so much!!!!
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    Can do!
    1836 days ago
    Oh, I wish I had known this before I filled out the survey. I am sorry. That's a GREAT idea!! I used close caption on movies that I watch but never thought about the exercise DVDs. Thanks for letting them know. I hope they listen. emoticon Chelsea
    1836 days ago
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    I know beans about this issue. Have you pointed the powers that be (PTB) at resources that can help them resolve the issue?

    Just a thought,

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    1836 days ago
    Amen, Julia! I would love captioning.
    1837 days ago
    (my response ro a person's comment that SparrkPeople doesn't read our huddle:)

    Hi ! Thanks for stopping by! No, they don't see our huddle. But our members see the huddle, and they might see the email from SparkPeople about the survey, and they might notice on the blog roll that I also have a blog discussing how all of us collectively can ask for everyone to be included in the next dvd, not just hearing people!? The more people who fill out the survey (it doesn't ask names!), the more input that has to SparkPeople's decision. You can be assured that I have asked the SparkGuy and Coach Nicole and others, more than once. So has the members of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing team. A deaf ear has been turned towards our requests (pun intended.). It will take many requests to be heard, and not from only one person, I believe. I may be a dreamer - but isn't that kinda what SparkPeople is all about? dreaming big and working towards those dreams?

    Thank you for your help!

    1837 days ago
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