Realtime captioning helps overcome hearing loss

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn an August 2017 post on AdvocateDaily.com, Kim Neeson, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and agency owner in Toronto, Canada, talks about how Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) can help “level the playing field” for people with hearing loss. The article explains what CART is, how it works, and where it can be used.

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NCRA member honored by school with Alumni Award of Distinction

RenaNCRA member Rena Nathanail, a broadcast captioner and owner of National Captioning Canada, Calgary, Alberta, was recently honored by her alma mater, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), with its Alumni Award of Distinction. She was recognized in May for her outstanding career as an entrepreneur and her support of the community.

Nathanail’s firm is the largest Canadian-based provider of live closed captioning. With more than 100 employees working from home studios across Canada, the company provides 1,800 hours of closed captioning and realtime transcription services a week for news, sports, political commentary, entertainment, and government proceedings. Their clients include major broadcasters across the country like Rogers, Bell, Shaw and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as the Alberta Legislature and the House of Commons.

According to the press release announcement, when Nathanail started working in Toronto in the 1980s, the field of closed captioning was a fledgling industry. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission had just begun to mandate that broadcast stations provide closed captioning for a certain amount of hours of programming per day as a condition of license. Nathanail, who graduated from NAIT’s court reporting program in 1984, was one of only two realtime closed captioners in Canada working for the sole not-for-profit captioning provider; it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“I started the business in 1988, captioned full time at all hours of the day and night until 2001,” said Nathanail. “I hung up my captioning gloves then and focused solely on building the e-business. We have more than 100 employees stationed from Australia to France and everywhere in between,” she added.

Nathanail said she learned she was being nominated for the award by faculty of NAIT’s court reporting program, who she and her firm work closely with.

“We are on the NAIT advisory board, and we were instrumental in having the program changed to the broadcast captioning and court reporting program. We have our own captioners teaching continuing education using their knowledge of closed captioning and work with NAIT and other advocacy groups to set a standard and maintain the quality of closed captioning in Canada,” she said.

“I was honored to have been chosen, but the most important thing was it allowed me to recognize and give credit to my employees that helped build the business and provide such a valuable service to the hard-of-hearing community in Canada,” Nathanail added.

Neesons opens cutting-edge office in heart of Toronto

JCR logoOn April 4, the AdvocateDaily.com reported that Neesons Court Reporting recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Toronto’s financial and legal services district.

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Letter to editor states need for disabilities act for Canadians

jcr-publications_high-resThe Huffington Post Canada posted a blog on Jan. 27 that recounts the experience of a citizen who is deaf who attended a town-hall meeting featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The meeting did not have CART access. The author uses the blog to explain why Canadians need a disabilities act.

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Sudbury, Ont., advocate wants city meetings to become more accessible

jcr-publications_high-resCBC News posted an article on Dec. 1 about a citizen with hearing loss advocating for the City of Greater Sudbury, Ont., to provide closed captioning on council and committee broadcasts.

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Broadcasting Accessibility Fund announces project grant

On Jan. 26, the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund announced that it will award $723,500 in grants to seven innovative projects designed to advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities, according to an article posted the same day by Broadcaster magazine.

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Neesons Court Reporting ranked in top 500 fastest growing Canadian companies

A press release issued Sept. 17 announced that PROFIT magazine recently ranked Neesons Court Reporting, Inc., based in Toronto, Canada, in the top 500 fastest-growing Canadian companies based on its five-year revenue growth.

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Harold Henneberry remembered as ‘dean’ of court reporters

CBC News in New Brunswick, Canada, spotlighted the career of Harold Henneberry, an official court reporter remembered as ‘dean’ of court reporters in the city of Saint John. Henneberry passed away on June 10 at the age of 95. The article was posted on June 15.

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I want to be a court reporter. What will my salary be?

The court reporting profession was profiled in an article posted by the Canadian media outlet The Globe and Mail on March 18. The article includes information about educational requirements, salary ranges, getting started in the profession, and the types of jobs court reporters that perform. It also quotes NCRA member Kimberly Stewart, president of the Canadian Centre for Verbatim Studies and CEO of ASAP Reporting Services with offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.

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Ontario union fights for accuracy in justice system

On May 30, the National Union of Public and General Employees, based in Ontario, published a statement on its website protesting the Ministry of the Attorney General’s plans to create a private regulator to control all aspects of court transcription. The union states that this change will not serve the administration of justice and will result in a loss of quality, transparency, and accountability.