November 6 - 8, 2019
Des Moines Central Library
1000 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa

Live Captioning Initiative: Make Your Next Event Accessible for Everyone

Thursday | 3:45 - 4:30pm
Sweet Corn


The Live Captioning Initiative makes events more accessible for people with disabilities using voice to text. It helps reach an even wider audience once the event is over by providing transcripts for videos and SEO value for event sites.


Voice to text technology continues to improve every year. We are now able to share our thoughts in real-time with an entire room of people using tools that capture speech into text. But did you know that live captioning has benefits in addition to accessibility that allow you to reach an even wider audience?

The Live Captioning Initiative, first and foremost, helps hearing impaired individuals follow along and participate at events in real-time. However, Live Captioning also benefits people whose first language is different from the language being used or comprehend written word better. It helps people understand speakers with different voices and accents in many group situations and helps make your event more accessible by enabling access for people with disabilities. It also can help further the reach to an even wider audience once the event is over.

The Live Captioning tool has a feature that allows a transcript to be created for each speaking session at an event. This transcript can be uploaded for video captioning to YouTube or other video sharing services. The transcript can also provide SEO value to websites when it’s added as text to the event page.

In this session we will demonstrate Live Captioning and its benefits for any event. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Use the Live Captioning Initiative tool.
  • Create a transcript for each speaker at events.
  • Understand the differences between live captioning and real-time captioning (also known as open captioning or real-time stenography).
  • Compare other speech to text tools.
  • Help contribute to the Live Captioning Initiative.

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