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!!!!