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Captioned Performance Celebrates BHSM
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ASHA News   |   June 01, 2010
Captioned Performance Celebrates BHSM
The ASHA Leader, June 2010, Vol. 15, 29. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.15072010.29
The ASHA Leader, June 2010, Vol. 15, 29. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.15072010.29
The Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) celebrated its 60th anniversary during Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) in dramatic style with an open-captioned play and reception at The Wilton Playshop.
“We wanted to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by captioning a performance for people with hearing loss, to give them the opportunity to enjoy an accessible theater performance,” said Alan Gould, a speech-language pathologist who coordinated the event.
Audiologists and SLPs enjoyed the May 2 performance of “The Italian-American Reconciliation: A Folktale” and a special CSHA anniversary reception following the performance. ASHA President Tommie Robinson Jr. and CSHA President Rhea Paul acknowledged the celebration at the recent CSHA spring conference on March 25–26 at Central Connecticut State University.
The annual captioned performance marks a 23-year history by The Wilton Playshop to make community theater accessible for people with hearing loss. The Playshop began providing annual American Sign Language-interpreted performances in 1988. An infrared listening system was later added for all productions.
In an effort to serve a broader audience of people with hearing loss, The Wilton Playshop began to offer an annual open-captioned performance in 2003. The captioning, provided by Access Communications, LLC, is projected from a portable digital screen to the left of the stage with the dialogue in red lettering. A stenographer scrolls the dialogue as it is spoken during the performance and provides live captioning of any introductory remarks. Funding for the captioned performance at The Wilton Playshop is provided by the Children’s Hearing Institute of New York, the Wilton Bank, and Friends of The Wilton Playshop.
“A wide cross-section of people with hearing loss attend the performance,” Gould said. “There are people who have moderate to severe hearing loss as well as those who use cochlear implants. There are patrons who may have seen productions in the past, but stopped going to the theater as their hearing declined.
“We’ve brought people back to the theater, and they appreciate the opportunity to read the dialogue and enjoy the theater once again.”
For more information, visit the Wilton Playshop’s Web site or contact Alan Gould at abpagould@aol.com.
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