An advocate for YouTube captions, Poynter has a #NoMoreCraptions campaign which challenges automatic captions on YouTube. Her videos cover a variety of themes including deafness, disability, accessibility, feminism, and mental health.
Creative vlogger Clearbrook features lifestyle videos from clothing hauls to beauty tutorials, reviews, and daily life insights. She often has videos on American Sign Language (ASL) and discussions about Deaf culture.
Ryan and Ellen make up the Sign Duo. They describe themselves as a signing couple showing the world how Deaf and Hearing relationships work. They vlog about their relationship, life, deafness, and have chatty videos. Theirs is a channel with a mix of funny, emotional, real, daily life clips.
Phonak hEARo and comedian Flores produces hilarious videos about deaf life. She shares her experiences and raises awareness about deafness through humor. She covers ASL, hearing aids, captions, lipreading, and much more.
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard is a lover of all things vintage. She vlogs on a variety of topics from disability and deafness, life experiences, makeup tutorials, and LGBTQ themes, often featuring her wife Claudia and their two dogs.
Mhairi describes herself as a small fish in the big YouTube pond. Her YouTube bio says she also happens to be Scottish, deaf, bisexual, Wiccan, and bipolar, as well as a strong feminist. Her videos cover all these topics.
Are you a YouTuber or do you make videos on social media? Do your videos include closed captions (cc)/subtitles? Captioning your videos not only provides inclusion and access for people with hearing loss but will increase your views and your Search Engine Optimization (SEO), according to a study done by Discovery Digital Networks (DDN.) In the study, it was found that views with closed captioning receive 7.32 percent more views on YouTube than uncaptioned videos.
“Captioning your videos not only provides inclusion and access for people with hearing loss but will increase your views and your Search Engine Optimization (SEO).”
Subtitles/captions are educational and can boost reading skills. They open your videos up to people who want to learn your language or aren’t native speakers. People also sometimes watch videos with the sound off, particularly when out and about. By including captions, viewers won’t miss out on your videos.
Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak Sky Q hearing aids. She is currently learning British Sign Language. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge. Her deafness didn’t prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, previously working as a Marketing Executive and now as an Events Coordinator for a deaf organization, as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me. She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning for equality and helping others through her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.
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