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Radio For The Deaf started out as an idea: How can the deaf enjoy a radio talk show?It took some engineering, but thanks to the innovation of Facebook Live the idea became practical. It turned into a reality when Connecticut Public Radio partnered with Hartford’s American School For The Deaf and Source Interpreting to broadcast our live talk shows, such as The Colin McEnroe Show, in American Sign Language, as a simulcast on Facebook Live.Today, Radio For The Deaf is a Facebook Live experience executed on Switcher Studio and through an arsenal of iPads.But it’s growing.We are committed to tweak, improve, and enhance our entire Radio For The Deaf experience. What started as an experiment has become a full-fledged project for Connecticut Public Radio, and we want to make our execution better. But we need your help.What do you think of Radio For The Deaf? How can we improve upon what we’ve started? What do you want us to do to in order to deliver our content directly to you?Send us your thoughts: deafradio@ctpublic.orgHOW TO WATCH RADIO FOR THE DEAF BROADCASTSClick on any of the links below. When you enter that show page, scroll down until you see the embedded video. Click play on the video. That is the interpreted Radio For The Deaf broadcast. Enjoy!

An Assessment Of Accessibility

"Accessibility" is a word that we maybe too quickly file away as having something to do with the disabled or something like that. But it's really about "designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life."

It's about seeing the world around us as for everyone, all at once.

This hour, we try to better figure out what that really means, both in general and specifically for a radio show.

This show is the first part of a new experiment: Radio for the Deaf. Watch the Colin McEnroe Show Facebook page for a simulcast of signers from Source Interpreting translating our radio broadcast into American Sign Language via Facebook Live.

GUESTS:

  • Jeff Bravin - Executive director of Source Interpreting at the American School for the Deaf
  • Anne Gibson - An information architect who writes about design and development
  • Diane Johnson - President and CEO of Descriptive Video Works
  • Gabriela Sims - Director of administration for the Institute for Human Centered Design

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Colin McEnroe, Eugene Amatruda, Heather Brandon, Joe Coss, Sam Hockaday, Tucker Ives, Ryan Caron King, Kevin Kuhl, Josh Nilaya, Lauren Rosenthal, Catie Talarski, Tikeyah Whittle, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.