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Captioning on Television for the Deaf has been around for quite some time. Now it is about to be on online videos, beginning with Youtube videos. Google employee, Ken Harrenstein, has been around numerous innovations that have assisted the deaf with online communications. He was part of the team that created ARPANET – the first version of email and online communications, Deafnet – an early online community and messaging tool for deaf people.
Ken himself is deaf. He turned deaf from the age of 5 years old after an unfortunate situation with mumps. He fell asleep one night able to hear and woke up the next morning….deaf!
It is very important that he succeeds in completing such a great feat for the online deaf community 9which is a great online community exceeding the people online that can speak Italian and French). “I am creating something I want and NEED for myself”, says Ken.
It would recognize speech on online videos and create captioning, but for now, users could utilize software to create captioning for all their uploaded video content. Ken hopes the federal government will assist in legalizing captioning for online video the same way it did “closed captioning” for the Television.