[NFB-Talk] Advice about the Deaf-blind and Zoom meetings

Norma Crosby ncrosby at nfbtx.org
Wed Sep 2 21:20:08 UTC 2020


Captioning can be tough if you aren't a quick typist, but it is possible
for a volunteer to do captioning during meetings. It might not be ideal,
but it could work. I am sure someone from the deaf-blind division may
provide a more satisfactory answer. Members serving as volunteer captioners
would definitely fall into the category of homegrown in my book. You might
check with some of your chapter members to see if they are willing to help
with this. I believe the host can assign someone as a captioner. There may
be a trick to this that I am unaware of, but I think I have seen that
option when I have hosted Zoom meetings.

Norma Crosby, President
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On Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 9:16 PM Kaye via nFB-Talk <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>

> Good evening list:
> I’m writing this evening seeking some advice, preferably from someone in
> the deaf-blind division or with more knowledge than I have.
> I recently became the President of my local chapter here in Florida due to
> our President having to step down. We like many other chapters have begun
> having our meeting on Zoom, and for the most part, it is working out well.
> We have a couple of members who are hearing impaired, and they have
> requested accessibility for our meetings. I want to provide them with what
> they need, as I am of the strong belief that accessibility is of the Ut
> most importance. I have reached out to my state President and to the
> national Office, and have received information about captioning which
> basically says that the cost would be around $100 per hour. It was
> suggested by the National Office that we look for “a more home grown”
> approach for chapter meetings. Does anyone have suggestions as to what
> these home grown approaches might be?
> Again, I want all members to feel welcome to participate in our meetings,
> and I would not want to be denied an accommodation, and I feel it is my
> responsibility to provide one as well. Any help will be very much
> appreciated.
> Best,
> Kaye Baker
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