Hi Ron,<br><br>My name is Scott Kupferman, I'm a faculty member within the School of Education at California State University, Fresno.<br><br>I have submitted a proposal to present at AHEAD, related to technology.  It is as follows.  If you would like any additional information, please do let me know.<br>
<br>All the best,<br>Scott<br><br><a href="mailto:skupferman@csufresno.edu">skupferman@csufresno.edu</a><br><br><br>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0.1pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: black;">Easy captions: An open-source (free) video caption software solution</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0.1pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: black;">The provision of video captions as an accommodation presents
challenges for disability service providers, particularly those with limited
budgets and resources. In an effort to help alleviate this problem, the
presenter has developed an open source (free) captioning software program that
automatically produces captions in a user-friendly manner.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times;"></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial; color: black;">Captions are on-screen text
descriptions of dialogue and other auditory elements within videos. Although
they are an important accommodation for students with disabilities, the
provision of captions also presents significant challenges for disability
service providers, particularly those with limited budgets and resources.<span style="">  </span>In fact, a needs analysis, which will
be shared during the presentation, and a literature review, actually report
that the provision of captions is not met in nearly 40% of the initial
accommodation requests.</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: black;">In an effort to help alleviate this problem, the presenter has
developed an innovative captioning software program called Easy Captions. It is
an open-source (free) university-developed tool that stemmed from a
public-private partnership pilot project.<span style=""> 
</span>Easy Captions has a user-friendly interface with three steps: (1) the
instructor inserts their video (i.e. DVD, CD, or web-based file), (2) the
software automatically recognizes the format and begins producing the captions,
and (3) the instructor (or staff, student assistants, etc.) are able to use a
spell, grammar, and self-check to ensure the accuracy of the captions.<span style="">  </span>These three steps will be demonstrated
to the audience during the presentation.<span style=""> 
</span>Further, there will be an opportunity for hands-on usage of the Easy
Caption system.<span style="">  </span>The presentation
will also include a discussion of how Easy Captions compares to current
captioning production options.<span style=""> 
</span>Attendees will receive a comparison chart handout, as well as a data
sheet and a copy of the presentation power point.</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0.1pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: black;">Easy Captions has been in use for two semesters by a set of
six instructors in the following university settings: Biology, English,
Education (2 instructors), and Nursing (2 instructors). Qualitative feedback
was obtained from both instructors and students.<span style="">  </span>Further, a formal user analysis was conducted that took into
account a variety of factors, including the instructor’s level of general
computer competency.<span style="">  </span>These results
will be shared during the presentation.<span style=""> 
</span>Additionally, lessons learned and future directions will be discussed
with audience members. One of the most exciting future direction possibilities
relates to the use of Easy Captions in support of the expansion of captioning
as being beneficial to all students, not just those with disabilities. This
builds on the principles of universal design for learning.</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0.1pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: black;">This presentation relates specifically to the AHEAD 2011
Conference sub-theme of “Sustainable Access through Technology,” being that it
introduces a new technology for disability services offices that may have
limited budgets and resources, which is becoming more commonplace in this
economic climate.<span style="">  </span>Further, the
public-private partnership that spawned Easy Captions is an ideal example of
the conference’s general theme of “Sustainable Access through Partnership.”</span></p>

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<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">The presenter has an
academic background in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and
Rehabilitation.<span style="">  </span>He has worked in a
variety of settings, including several postsecondary disability services
offices.<span style="">  </span>The presenter is
currently a university faculty member teaching assistive technology and other
disability-related topics.<span style="">  </span>His
research, development, and teaching have led to several noteworthy awards and
recognitions, as well as participation in the public policy/legislative arena.<span style="">  </span>He has developed a variety of assistive
technology products that are currently in use in the postsecondary and K-12
<br><br><br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 4:59 AM, Ron Stewart <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:ron@ahead.org">ron@ahead.org</a>></span> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); padding-left: 1ex;">

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<p class="MsoNormal">Hi all, if you are not aware I am the technology strand
manager for the AHEAD 2011 conference in Seattle.  If you are submitting technology
related proposals for the conference it would be very helpful for my planning
process if I could also get copies of the topics you are wanting to present on.</p>

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<p class="MsoNormal">Thanks much,</p>

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<p class="MsoNormal">Ron Stewart</p>

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Ron
Stewart MS</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Technology
Advisor </span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"></span></p>

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on Higher Education and Disabilities</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Chair,
AHEAD Instructional Materials Accessibility Group (IMAG)</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"></span></p>

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someone’s life</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> </span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-size: 12pt;">and you never know how your time</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> </span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-size: 12pt;">and efforts will be passed forward. </span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> </span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-size: 12pt;">That is something to look forward to in the morning!</span></i></b><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"></span></p>

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