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Captioning on the iPad--An Overview

caption-TEDCaptioning on the iPad?  What about television?

Yes, you can have both!

But the problem here is to have captioning on the iPad, every app has it’s own way to make captioning work.

Some apps like ABC Player are easy to enable captioning.

The iTunes store on your iPad will allow you to download movies and TV shows.  But before you download and pay for them, check for the “CC” symbol in the summary of the program.

The Communications and Video Accessibility Act, passed by Congress and now enforced by the FCC mandates that any movie or TV show that were previously captioned on TV must be shown with captions on the internet!  But this is not 100% done yet…we will get there eventually.

On YouTube, there is no requirement to caption because it was never shown on TV before. However, YouTube can caption for you by clicking on the “CC” symbol on the lower right and clicking “enable captions”–some captions are better quality than others, because YouTube is transcribing speech into captions! And some people speak more clearly than others.

One of the better captioned sites is TED (  It has some great lectures that are captioned and some are long and some are short and some of the stuff is great.

One of the developments that Dr. Z is looking forward to is radio captioning, which is pioneered by National Public Radio (NPR).  It should come out within the next few months in the form of an app for your iPad!

While we don’t yet have everything now, we are getting there.

By the way, if you want to call someone via video on your iPad, don’t forget to download the NEW Z5 from ZVRS.  (link)

Dr. Z is proud to be part of the team that understands and listens to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community!

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Try Z5 Mobile, you will LOVE it, just like Dr. Z!

Disclosure: Dr. Z (Philip W. Bravin) is associated with CSDVRS, currently its Vice-President of Business Development

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