We need regular attenders, hearing and deaf, to tell their friends and family about captioning and the best place to do this is in the season brochure. We know that people don’t usually read the booking information pages in season brochures (otherwise they wouldn’t ask box office staff the questions they do). So we need … Read more Reaching target markets
Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people are potential theatregoers – we just need to persuade them that our events have something to offer. What patrons say … “I think it’s going to be too expensive.” “I’ve never been before – don’t think I’ll enjoy it.” “The staff don’t know how to communicate properly – … Read more Persuading non-attenders
Who’s it for? The primary target audience for captioning is deaf people. What does ‘deaf’ mean? The term deaf can be used to cover a range of people with a very broad range of hearing levels. Generally they are broken down into 3 groups: Deaf people Hard of hearing people Deafened people Caption users can fall into any one … Read more Target Audience
Captioning converts the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a caption unit (LED) situated on or next to the stage. As well as dialogue, the captions also include the name of the character who is speaking or singing and descriptions of any sound effects or music. Captioning is a service for anyone who … Read more What is captioning?
If deaf people are to feel welcome, you need to use language that is acceptable. The challenge is that different people have different views about what is or isn’t acceptable and a lot depends on who is using particular words. Try this … Click each of the three categories below to find out more about … Read more Language
Click on this link to read Jodi Myers’ report into the barriers faced by large scale touring productions to deliver captioned and audio described performances and suggestions on how these may be addressed. Carrots and Sticks, a report for See a Voice by Jodi Myers.
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In order to access the performing arts, people with sensory impairments need venues and companies to set up services such as captioning (CAP) and audio description (AD). The See a Voice project was set up by STAGETEXT and VocalEyes, and ran from September 2006 to March 2010. It was funded by the Treasury’s Invest to Save budget and … Read more About See a Voice
Useful documents to download Service definitions The Audience: facts and figures Audience Feedback Planning an event: guidance on access A guide to checking copy readability Network 1000: survey of 1000 visually impaired people (2006)
Caption Units / Software www.stagetext.org STAGETEXT has recently taken over as supplier of the captioning units and software and is able to offer a higher level of support and advice to venues as a result. For technical queries, please email Roger Graham, STAGETEXT’s Technical Adviser, at firstname.lastname@example.org Audio Description / Hearing Enhancement www.gradav.co.uk Supplier for Sennheiser IR and … Read more Equipment