May 182011


From Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) – May 17, 2011


COAT leading affiliates HLAA and NVRC are urging the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to fund a multi-city pilot demonstration of captioned radio. Via a letter to CPB they state that radio programming has existed for far too many years without being accessible to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind.


Their letter points out that for the past five years, National Public Radio (NPR) has demonstrated that there is the necessary digital online and on-air technology for radio captioning. They note the NPR broadcast with captioning on Presidential election night in 2008 demonstrated how millions of people could have access to life-saving and life-enriching information.


Both HLAA and NVRC urge other organizations to sign on to their letter. To do so, send email to Cheryl Heppner at NVRC –


NVRC NOTE: Tomorrow we will launch a site on Survey Monkey where individuals who support this effort can read the letter that will be sent to Corporation for Public Broadcasting and have the opportunity to sign on to it.

– Thanks to NVRC, Fairfax