Deaf Awareness Week – Communications Department

Deaf Awareness Week – Communications Department

Dear Colleagues,


As part of Deaf Awareness Week, the Communications Department have been taking the opportunity to reflect on the work we have done to make our communications as accessible as possible and, as a priority, what more we can do.

We take a lot of pride in the fact we were the first union to subtitle videos and use signers in live sessions. We now subtitle almost every recorded video that goes out on our channels.

We have, however faced challenges making sure our impromptu live sessions are as accessible as possible. We took the step some months ago, of transcribing each session shortly after they closed and this has worked well.

We have now agreed the following additional measures;

  • A specific signer has agreed to work with us on as many of our live sessions as possible.
  • We are working with the Equality and Education Department and Development Department to investigate the possibility of training CWU HQ staff as signers.
  • We are looking into new technology which will make our communications even more accessible.
  • We have updated the accessibility page of the CWU website.

This week we have produced two videos for Deaf Awareness Week:

We are pleased to share some progress we have made in auto captioning tools our deaf members can use to live caption any sessions (live or recorded) we are holding;

  1. Android phone users https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.audio.hearing.visualization.accessibility.scribe&hl=en_GB
  1. Web browser software https://webcaptioner.com/

We ask that Branches ensure the full content of this LTB is shared with reps and members locally so awareness of these tools is shared as widely as possible.

We hope Branches will be able to recognise the work that has gone into making our communications available to as many of our members as possible. In the same spirit we recognise that work must continue.

Kind regards

Chris Webb
Head of Communications, Engagement and Media

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