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A Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Guide to TikTok and Video Captioning

A Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Guide to TikTok and Video Captioning

It’s hard to imagine a time where video wasn’t commonplace. Video has revolutionized much of what social media has become. They are quick, engaging, often entertaining ways for people to get information or a good laugh. Yet, despite the amount of bonding and information delivery these videos can provide, they aren’t always made immediately accessible for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

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Deaf Actors Playing Deaf Characters: 4 Recent Examples in Film & TV

Deaf Actors Playing Deaf Characters: 4 Recent Examples in Film & TV

“I just wanted to say that this is dedicated to the deaf community, the CODA community, and the disabled community. This is our moment,” actor Troy Kotsur said.

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3 Unique Ways to Make Use of Relay Conference Captioning

3 Unique Ways to Make Use of Relay Conference Captioning

As part of our mission, Relay South Dakota aims to better the lives of those who could benefit from captioned conversations. One such service we’re particularly proud to offer is Relay Conference Captioning (RCC). But beyond the obvious use in a workplace setting, this unique service far exceeds a single potential application.

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A Guide to Useful Signs for the Holiday Season

A Guide to Useful Signs for the Holiday Season

No matter how you say it, or what you say, the holiday season is a time where we tend to be at our merriest. There’s something magical about this time of year. It might be the chill in the air. It could be the snow crunching beneath our feet. Not every person or culture celebrates the same thing, but it’s the general celebration and joy that unites us all around this special time.

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Protect Your Hearing While Out Hunting

Protect Your Hearing While Out Hunting

When it comes to October, a major holiday usually comes to mind. We’ll give you three hints: It brings people together, people often dress up, and there’s a lot of orange. That’s right. We’re talking about Opening Pheasant Day. What were you thinking of?

Here In South Dakota, hunters from all over the United States take part in our annual pheasant-hunting tradition. With those hunters come their trusty firearms. With those firearms come loud noises.

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A Guide to Signs You Should Know for the Workplace

A Guide to Signs You Should Know for the Workplace

Whether you find yourself interacting with a coworker who relies on sign language to communicate or a business client or customer who is deaf or hard of hearing, it’s important to have a basic understanding of some of the most common signs you might encounter in a workplace setting.

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Holidays with the Hard of Hearing: 3 Communication Tips

Holidays with the Hard of Hearing: 3 Communication Tips

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with friends and family. There’s plenty of joy to spread, food to eat and games to play. During this time of year, everyone deserves to be in on the fun. But those with hearing loss may be subject to seclusion during this festive time. This year has been isolating – don’t let “the most wonderful time of the year” be isolating, too. That’s why we came up with this list to help ensure the holidays are jolly for everyone.   

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Stay Connected with CapTel

Stay Connected with CapTel

Effective communication can strengthen family bonds, rekindle old friendships and build trust. Without the right tools, though, communication can be hindered. If you or someone you love has difficulty hearing on the phone, Relay South Dakota can help. CapTel phones allow users the ability to listen and read captions of everything spoken during telephone conversations.

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How to Be an Ally for the Deaf Community

How to Be an Ally for the Deaf Community

Do you consider yourself a Deaf Ally? There are many different definitions of an ally, just like there are many ways to help promote equality. For this discussion, the most important definition of an ally is someone who is united with the deaf community to promote equality. Being an ally means so much more than simple consideration for the deaf community. Action and accountability are key to help facilitate support.

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Tips for Improving the Classroom Experience for Hard of Hearing Students

Tips for Improving the Classroom Experience for Hard of Hearing Students

This has already been a tough year for students and teachers, but as school doors open this fall and winter, they may experience more challenges than ever before. This is surely true for students with hearing loss… and for teachers that are new to accommodating these students. Teachers of course embrace the responsibility to teach every single student in the classroom. While students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require accommodations to learn effectively, it’s up to the instructors and teachers to ensure proper schooling.

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