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Sinclair Broadcast Group automates captioning – Share your thoughts

Information courtesy of Kathy Cortopassi‎, the National Court Reporters Association, and IBM

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of television stations in the United States, has switched from human-written captions to automated captions. The new system uses automatic speech recognition (ASR) powered by IBM’s artificial intelligence platform Watson.  According to a statement released by IBM, Watson Captioning will make “live programming more accessible to local viewers, including the Deaf community, senior citizens, and anyone experiencing hearing loss.”

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey for Caregivers of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Information courtesy of Arc of Indiana and Brandeis University

Brandeis University is researching sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). If you are a family caregiver of a woman with IDD between 18 and 45, you can help by completing a survey. The survey asks questions about the sexual and reproductive health care your family member receives as well as your perspectives and experiences. Your responses will help the university understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with IDD.

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Indiana Disability Rights Supported Decision-Making Website

Information courtesy of Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights has launched a new website dedicated to providing trusted resources about Supported Decision-Making (SDM).  SDM is a disability accommodation for people who need assistance in the decision-making process. Think about when you have to make a big decision, like buying a car. You might talk to a partner or your friends, or ask a mechanic for advice, or go online to read reviews. This process is seeking “support” to help you make a decision.

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Aim Higher Act would reauthorize Higher Education Act , make changes for students with disabilities

An informational alert prepared by Fifth Freedom

Last week, the House introduced the Aim Higher Act (H.R. 6543). This bill reauthorizes the Higher Education Act. The bill would require colleges to accept disability documentation from high school, eliminating the need for students to reprove their disability in college to receive accommodations. The bill would also reauthorize the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, which awarded grants to colleges to create or expand transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

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ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make more people eligible for ABLE accounts

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. Currently, the accounts are only available to people who were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, but legislation currently before Congress could change that.

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