YouTube Channel.

Some of you might have noticed that some videos have disappeared from my blog; I’m currently in the process of moving them across to my blog, where you can now view them on my new YouTube channel. This should mean my website runs faster & smoother, improving your experience!

Make sure you like & subscribe on YouTube for those videos & for future content!

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Author: diaryofadisabledperson

My multi-award-winning blog discusses what life is like as a disabled bisexual woman. I have a 1st class honours degree in nutrition from the University of Leeds where I now work in medical research, an achievement which was undeniably difficult to reach. Outside of work I have a passion for wrestling, rock music, and the MCU. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram simply by searching diaryofadisabledperson.

10 thoughts on “YouTube Channel.”

      1. The YouTube link explains how to edit the auto-generated captions which you can then upload as real captions. Anyway, it’s your call, but it’s the reason I subscribe to very few channels. Most of YouTube is inaccessible to me.

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      2. Hi Ikvy,
        I’ve just enabled community captioning on my YouTube channel, so now people who have the time can help me out & make my videos more accessible. Just wanted to let you know that I did take your comments seriously!

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  1. Dear Diary,

    I’m glad to read that you’ve taken an extra step towards making your channel more accessible to deaf people who benefit from captions.

    When you first told me that it would be time-consuming. That hurt. That’s been one of the most cited reasons for denying me accessibility. That, and it’s “too expensive”. Often, I’m expected to endure time-consuming tasks: I need to write on a piece of paper to communicate with hearing people. When posting videos on YouTube, I don’t have the benefit of editing auto-generated captions: I have to write and time them from scratch. When I need to make phone calls, I need to find the time during business hours to be home so that I can connect with a video relay operator over my laptop. There’s often a queue for that, and once I connect with a video relay operator, I cross my fingers and hope whoever I’m trying to contact won’t just hang up thinking I’m a telemarketer. These are just a few things that are time-consuming for me: I am expected to endure all that.

    You and I have very different barriers to navigate. I have the privilege of being able to physically enter any space I want. You have the privilege of accessing information with ease.

    What you are capable of doing is not for me to decide. If you say you cannot personally provide real captions, I will accept that; however, the link I shared with you explains why the problem with auto-generated captions extends beyond the occasional translation goof. It explains how one can go into the file created by the auto-generated captions and edit it. I was hoping you would watch it and learn a thing or two about making YouTube a more accessible place for deaf people.

    “I am not really sure what the best option would be,” was your response. I had just given you resources on how to get started! Part of me wanted to air out my frustrations on Twitter, but I have 200 followers versus your thousands. I didn’t to be ripped apart by your legion of followers. My mental health couldn’t have handled that.

    I had to witness this anyway because someone else, who I also followed, brought it up. I witnessed you explain how the auto-generated captions are pretty good… to a deaf person. This is after I had provided you with information on why they are not real captions. Then I see the misconceptions roll in, equating deaf people creating their own captions from scratch with hearing people who have an auto-generated file to work from. It was uncomfortable watching another deaf person being dragged on Twitter: two disabled people I follow at war with one another.

    There are nuances about being deaf that most people don’t think about. We miss out on incidental learning. Many of us go through school without an interpreter and are forced to make the most of the little hearing we have. I am totally deaf, but the interpreters I had were “Special Education Assistants” who could only sort of sign. While most of the students got 100% of what was being said by the teacher, I got… 30-40%. The best part is being excluded AT HOME. I never knew what my family was talking about at the dinner table. For them to include me would have been too much work. Not only am I excluded at holiday gatherings but also I have to witness my relatives bond with my hearing siblings.

    At work, what is an hour-long meeting for everybody is summarized in a note that takes me 30 seconds to read. My job as a bike mechanic demands that I watch video tutorials on how to manipulate the latest piece of bike technology: captions are a rarity with these videos.

    And the number one thing hearing people seem to overlook? We are expected to accept invasive questions from strangers about our deafness, yet we are lambasted for any social misstep we make. How are we supposed to know what is considered “acceptable” by a society from which we are excluded? Deaf people are known to be blunt. TMI is hardly a thing in the deaf community. So, when we try to communicate the best we can, we get attacked. On top of that, many deaf people are linguistically deprived because society feels that it’s more imporant to pass as “normal” with clear speech, so sign language, which would’ve given a deaf person full access to a language, is seen as inferior.

    But you thought it was just to unleash an angry mob on a deaf man. What this mob did not know is that you already had this conversation with me. Edscoble doesn’t know that there’s more to your disability than being a wheelchair user, but you also don’t know that there’s more to Edscoble’s disability than just being deaf. He was told to go after big companies that don’t caption instead of small creators such as yourself, but out of all the total assholes on Twitter, you went after someone with less than 200 followers! A straight white cis deaf male does have a lot of privilege, but being deaf is hardly a cakewalk.

    We need to be open to learning about other disabled people’s struggles and support each other. Please remember that deaf people are ALREADY LEFT OUT OF SO MUCH INFORMATION. Don’t shame us for it in a public forum. You’ve never followed my blog or me on twitter: it would be easy to put me out of sight, out of mind. Hopefully, you’ll continue to do what you can when it comes to making your content accessible even after dealing with two deaf shitbags such as Edscoble and myself.

    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura,
      I do appreciate your concerns & frustrations, & I understand the limitations of auto-captions. Have you tried getting in touch with the technical team at YouTube – you might be able to improve accessibility across an entire website, & not just one tiny channel!
      For me, the barrier wasnt so much the time as the “spoons”; I’ve basically got no more energy left to give. I’m sorry I wasn’t clear about that. I would work until the early hours to provide the best access I could if I physically could, but basically I have to accept my own limitations.
      I’m also making a concerted effort to speak slowly & clearly with pronounced lip movements to make the captions more accurate, & lip-reading possible if it comes to it. Of course, after all that effort it still remains inaccessible to exclusive sign language users.
      I think the barrier we need to tackle isn’t individual content creators, but the accessibility facilities provided by companies like YouTube. That way we could improve access accross the board. That said, I will still be doing what I can to be accessible, of course.

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      1. Update 2: hit quite a roadblock with community captions, but a workaround is now in place. Basically, YouTube make setting up the captions very inaccessible to pretty much everyone, which I think is how they’ve managed to get away with poor autocaption options in the first place. I can only apologise for the delay & assure you I’m working as hard as I can to rectify it.

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