September 2020 NYTM-Assistive Tech for Hearing Disability Inclusion + Allyship



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Join us in celebration of Deaf Awareness Month!

We will be showcasing some of the latest and most powerful assistive technologies allies can use to create more accessible and inclusive digital and physical spaces that empower people with hearing disabilities in the workplace.

The conversation will be facilitated by Mariella Paulino, Founder of Project Hearing

Company Spotlights

@Amazon Alexa, David Frerichs
Alexa on Echo Show and home automation hold incredible potential for people with hearing disabilities. Some of the latest features from Alexa include closed captioning for video content, Alexa Captioning which lets you see captions for Alexa’s responses, and Tap to Alexa which allows you to interact with Alexa using touch instead of voice. And Alexa can connect with a range of other smart home devices to make your home inclusive to those with hearing disabilities. Discover Alexa Accessibility here.

@DescriptApp with Joel Sigrist
Learn how to edit raw audio and video into a final product with subtitles using Descript. Descript is a new type of editor that automatically generates a transcript of your raw media then lets you edit audio or video simply by editing text (instead of waveforms). If you're new to editing, you'll find it much more intuitive than cutting up waveforms, and more experienced editors will find it has everything they need to produce quality content.


@Google with Dimitri Kanevsky 
Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information and the Google accessibility team works to ensure that the company continues to design with accessibility in mind, from concept to implementation and beyond. For this workshop, Google will be presenting on some of it’s latest technologies meant to assist people with hearing disabilities maintain their hearing independence in a post COVID world such as Google Meet, Google Live Caption, Google Live Transcribe, and Google Slides.


@KapwingApp with Robert Martin 
New to video editing and looking for simple, quick, and easy-to-use software? Look no further! In a myriad of apps and websites available online, Kapwing is an amazing content creation pool that makes it easy for anyone to create high-quality photos and videos for free. In this session, you'll learn how to use this powerful tool to create open-captioned videos for the internet in just minutes.    


@Sonic_Alert with Bryan Bartneck
Sonic Alert has been in business for over 40 years and is located in Troy, MI. Today, Sonic Alert sells its products in over 30 countries and is recognized globally as a leader in the international electronics field, helping the deaf, hard of hearing, hard to wake and elderly communities across the world. The company has been able to expand beyond smart signaling systems to create a product line that includes amplified telephones, listening devices, and specialized alarm clocks. Sonic Alert is continually looking for ways to develop cutting-edge products that redefine our brand, mission and the face of the international electronics world. As we continue to expand and grow, we seek to help everyone in the world who struggles in life with the hope our products can make their life’s better. 


@Ziotag with Jeffrey Paul
Ziotag is an AI-powered video player that makes searching and navigating video content a seamless experience. You simply copy and paste the URL of any online video (or audio) and Ziotag will automatically generate transcripts, then create an Actionable Table of Contents (AToC) by understanding the context of the conversations in the video, while adding ‘deep tags’ to each segment in the AToC. Now every word of your video is fully searchable with results showing up as a clickable timestamp to the moment of that search phrase. Every segment of your entire video library is now properly indexed and organized. Viewers can search your video gallery or skim the AToC of specific videos to find the topics that are most relevant for them and stay engaged longer because they are consuming exactly what they’re interested in, and interacting with it.

This is an absolute game-changer to get more views and engagement for video podcasters, event producers, online courses, learning and development professionals, content marketers, webinar hosts, and anyone else publishing or watching videos.

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Host Spotlight

In 2014, Mariella was pulled over by a police officer. Because of her hearing loss, her inability to follow commands was understood as noncompliance and created a situation that could easily have escalated. The experience left her so shaken she went on to do her Master's degree in communications to explore how people with disabilities interact and communicate with the world around them. The thesis then turned into a social venture project, Project Hearing, which among many other things, created bumper stickers that say "Deaf Driver" in an effort to create better interactions between deaf people and police officers. She has worked in tech as a software developer, designer, and now as a project manager by day and assistive tech advocate nonprofit manager by night. If you want to get in touch with her, email her at [email protected] or follow her on social media @projectHearing. Add if you like her work go ahead and support her Patreon at

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