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In the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Module (opens new window) students are introduced to Patrick Cross, a Mohawk College Professor in the Deaf Empowerment Program and Levi Janosi, Vice President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) – Hamilton.

Students are asked to read / listen / watch at least one of the following (which can be found in the module):

  1. The Silencing of the Deaf: How high-tech implants are being blamed for killing an entire subculture
  2. CBC’s The Current launches pilot project for deaf, hearing-impaired audiences
  3. Fake interpreter at Mandela memorial embarrasses South African authorities
  4. This couple want a deaf child. should we try to stop them?
  5. Province called deaf to kids’ needs

Students are then asked to answer the following discussion post, utilizing the resource(s) they reviewed above, the module information, class material and their own experiences to support their answers:

Each day thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of videos are posted online – this is an effective way to engage individuals and share information; however when they are not captioned many people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are not able to access the information. YouTube has begun to caption videos through the use of artificial intelligence agents, but the content being delivered is less than ideal. Utilizing the readings above, your knowledge of AODA and the course modules / class content, reflect on the need for closed captioning as a requirement for ALL videos. Is it feasible to regulate that all video content be captioned, or it cannot be posted or shown on television, etc. Think of your course content, Snapchat videos, Vine videos, YouTube content, etc.

Students are required to submit their discussion to the discussion board, the discussion may be a response to a classmates post. The discussion post can be presented as a written, video or audio response. Although there is no word minimum or maximum, students are expected to present their view point in approximately 200-300 words.

Create journalism content using Universal Design which will be accessible in all formats including digital audio, video, and print media, and web content. Articulate the disability perspective through integrated learning opportunities applicable to the field of journalism. Identify the principles and practices of pertinent legislation and standard Web guidelines. Demonstrate the appropriate professionalism.

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