Live Captioning: Make your next event accessible for everyone / DrupalCon Global 2020

"Live Captioning makes events more accessible for people with disabilities using voice to text. It helps reach an even wider audience once the event is over by providing transcripts for videos and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) value for event sites.

Voice to text technology continues to improve every year. We are now able to share our thoughts in real-time with an entire room of people using tools that capture speech into text. But did you know that live captions have benefits in addition to accessibility that allows you to reach an even wider audience?

The Live Captioning Initiative, first and foremost, helps hearing-impaired individuals follow along and participate at events in real-time. However, live captioning also benefits multicultural audiences whose first language is different from the language being spoken or comprehend written word better. It helps people understand speakers with different voices and accents in many group situations and helps make your event more accessible by enabling access for people with hidden disabilities.

The Live Captioning tool can further the reach to an even wider audience once the event is over. The tool has a feature that creates a transcript for each session at an event. This transcript can be uploaded for video captioning to YouTube or other video sharing services. When the transcript is added as text to the event page, it provides SEO value to websites."

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