Mobile Captioning at the Grey Cup Builds Accessibility and Inclusion

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November 19, 2019

    Mobile Captioning at the Grey Cup Builds Accessibility and Inclusion

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Calgary Branch (CHHA-C) is excited to sponsor mobile captioning at the 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw to enable fans with hearing loss to access in-the-bowl commentary.

The mobile captioning will be available on fans’ mobile devices via Streamtext. The link will be on GreyCupFestival.ca and captioning will commence at the start of pre-game events on Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 and will cover all pre-game events, the game, the half show, all announcements, all contests, interviews, trophy presentations, etc.

Streamtext can be viewed on mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets. Fans should ensure their batteries and data plans are sufficient. Captioning or CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) is the professional word-for-word transcription of speech to text in real time. Captioning provides people with hearing loss with full access to the spoken word. On game day, captioning will be provided by a team of sports captioners with AB Captioning and CART Inc.

“This is an exciting step forward so fans with hearing loss get the full game experience at the 2019 Grey Cup,” notes Sheila Serup, CHHA-Calgary president. “Mobile captioning builds accessibility and inclusion for all CFL fans.”

Austin Shaw, Manager, Game Presentation and Events, Calgary Stampeders, said: “We’re pushing hard to include mobile captioning in every aspect of the game – including the live music portions during the pregame and the halftime shows and post-game trophy presentation. We are aiming to make this an awesome experience for all fans.”

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