If you are planning a conference and looking for a way to boost attendance, or increase the levels of comprehension and engagement among those already in attendance, one thing to consider is the addition of captioning or CART services to the event.
More often than not, people do not think to include captioning services at conferences or other large events—this might be because it simply doesn’t occur to them, or because they think it’s not worth it. It might seem like a lot of money to pay to benefit those few people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
On the contrary, however, captioning services at conferences can be extremely beneficial. This is due in part to the fact that there are significantly more people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in the United States than one might expect, and these numbers get even larger as people grow older—so if there is the possibility of a large elderly or aging population at you conference, then captioning services are all the more beneficial.
Who Benefits From Captioning?
In general, you can’t rely on individuals to make known their own need of a captioning service—the more likely alternative is that, without these services, your conference will lose out on a large number of attendees or participantswho might otherwise have been there. This is because captioning services provide individuals who would not otherwise have the chance to engage completely with the event, to absorb fully what is going on around them, the opportunity to really be a part of things.
Even if you don’t believe that the number of deaf or hard-of-hearing people is high enough to warrant the hiring of these services, take a moment to consider all of the other individuals who might benefit from the inclusion of captioning. It doesn’t simply aid those who cannot hear—it can also be extremely helpful to individuals for whom English is a second language. Even if they have a solid grasp on the language, it is generally easier, when learning a second language, to follow along visually rather than to pick up on every word that is spoken.
What Services Can Help?
At Scott Realtime Reporting, we offer just the kinds of services that can help draw these otherwise excluded individuals into your event. With our Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, we can provide instant translation of spoken word into written English, either on-site or remotely, transmitting the words onto a computer monitor or some kind of other display. In this way, anybody, regardless of their hearing or any other difficulties they might face, can equally take part in and engage with your event.
Don’t let anyone be driven away from your conference by a lack of captioning—by hiring a service like Scott Realtime Reporting, you can ensure that every single person who wants to can get the most out of your event.
If you are interested in our services, please contact us.