By Michele Linder
This morning my niece shared a very inspiring video on Facebook… it drew me in.
I opened the link and began watching only to find that the video wasn’t captioned.
I then lifted information on the subject and focus of the video to search for a version that was captioned. I came across the YouTube version of the video, “Inspirational Man Born With No Arms Drives His Impala & Works For NASCAR Racing Team!”, found here:
I clicked the cc button and was hopeful… the first sentence that came up actually made sense — “how do you get through your day”, always a good sign, but the lack of capitalization and punctuation was a clue that things might turn ugly, and they did.
The next line, “may get from one place to another don’t ask to the next” appeared and I knew… this video wasn’t quality captioned, it was merely “craptioned”… you know, those automatic transcribed YouTube captions that videos try to pass off as readable, but make no sense whatsoever.
Boo! Hiss! Boo! Hiss!
Read the following story, preferably without having watched the video beforehand, and see if you can get much of the story from the “craptions”.
“how do you get through your day… may get from one place to another don’t ask to the next… there you do… every step of the way… in life there have been people that said they can’t do you think said that can… ride a bicycle people and said that I couldn’t… live on my own couldn’t get a good job in sport myself I can go to college… graduate… I don’t listened to much to people when they tell me I can do something… there’s not a whole lot this gonna stand them away… their allotted people that when I first started at Hendrick Motorsports… they had no idea what I could do and… what I was going to do the I have some guys that good friends with now… and they told me that when they heard I was coming… and when I first got there the biggest thing was what is he going to do… Hendrick Motorsports is the most winning… Organization UNESCO from Jimmie Johnson… to Jeff Gordon Dale Earnhardt junior for any engineer drawn to racy… it’s the elite destination we need to have a clear it’s there for a while… hearth Richie… Parker it’s been a job for the last he years… as a vehicle engineer 10 workers designs chassis and body components for… all four bits race teams and does all his design… the way he does most everything will be speaking… it’s very demanding when we have some I like jack announced it comes back on the… race track and he says he needs something next week… it’s going to help them win a race then no is it isnever the answer… Richie Parker was born in May 1983… in the coastal town of Buford South Carolina right away… his parents knew something was wrong a set that… there was will issue application that… with the baby and ask what and and naturally we love i think im oh man look… at the sign said the baby will… didn’t have hell arms and… I just saddam family like… what do you mean girl the knockers told the Parkers the abnormality was the… result the non-genetic… birth defect creating bilateral… million the Muslim deficiency the I’m thinkin… how we gonna get through this how with me… how we open doors how we do just a normal… day-to-day things month that’s already… it was no question ed he was the cutest baby said… you know he was accused little more good… at about fat man who was lincoln tech MCE Italian… miscue mccain of we wanted his childhood to be… as close to any other channels childhood… as possible the… that’s always been handed to we are going to make it work… we might just do it differently but it will work… politicized or thank you very much like this… Nashotah and pulls out… there are always things around the house that… made it so that I didn’t need to ask somebody else for help to do it and that… was… I was always important to me had two parents that from day one… tried to make it so that my life was I guess you could say is normal as… possible… whatever normal is this came off a large… fight somewhat less a beach cruiser other kids and they would head back… yeah which is Colorado by and we honest do it some other dangers… we get long handle bars… and bandits up and then bang it out… and well in a far far one how market other… men have to that year old by Canada… case in a min Manning just… okay iraq despite and… as a teenager Ritchie center independence founded sharpest focus… in cars of… I always want John I was told by three different people world… there’s a bus in your area of their own taxicabs them… at all you need to do use use as you transportation that this… Mike that this wasn’t me… ones… when he was fifty Richie spotted his dream car… 1964 Chevy Impala SS… workers convince the owner to sell fifteen years later… it’s still refuse wrong… if the bass ago gave him a certain degree of freedom… car I think gve him… great amount of independence and pract… when he’s in there car… care myself saying… in truth reduce entire life has been one remarkable study… in engineering… thanks for the food bank for the game fair after… you for america about on I’m… like God home… nearly every tens requires ingenuity… I can’t say the same thing that I can’t be I don’t I don’t know there’s a whole… lot in life period… I could say that I can t just things that haven’t done yet… that attitude carried Richie to his current job… at Hendricks… I think I had about 20 resumes that I went through before I… settled on Richie’s I knew he could do… the things that I needed him to do it was more a question of how… we’ve got a few updates or making to this fixture to make some other parts… more durable and a more just more than is currently… we sat down and he showed me how he works on the computer and how does this… design were… I write with my right hand you write with your left hand he happens to rate… with his feet… workers initial internship with Hendrick was supposed to last… 10 months… eight years and five championships later… still here… how do you get through your day… they get from one place to another… one tense to the next… don’t ask Richie Barker… he’s already moving on down the road just never satisfied… it’s what drives me I don’t know where it comes from… sometimes it kinda drives me crazy but tower… live my life”
You might think this is something that doesn’t occur very often, but I’m here to tell you that every day I’m online, searching for hearing loss related content to share on our SayWhatClub Facebook page, I encounter not one, but many videos like the one above.
Some days the captions are so badly worded that it’s funny — Rhett and Link make funny “Caption Fail” videos out of poor quality YouTube captions…
And, yes, those of us who are deaf can agree, there is some humor to be enjoyed from “craptioned” videos and TV.
However, other days it becomes so frustrating to be excluded over and over and over, I’m forced to tears.
So what’s a person to do?
Advocate! Advocate! Advocate! Ask and you might receive, but if you don’t ask, you won’t.
There are over 40 million of us in the U.S. alone who need captions. Worldwide that number jumps to over 360 million, and we all have people who love us, so multiply that number several times and you’re over a billion.
Be the one person who makes advocating for captioning in your community, and online, a focus. When you do it every day, out of habit, it need not take a lot of time and you might get some amazing results. I promise.
Even if you’re not deaf or hard of hearing, you probably know of someone who is, and it’s usually someone you love. Please, ask for quality captions so you can share a video with your loved one without frustrating them. It’s makes the world a better place and helps so many who want access to everything a person without a barrier has access to.
Imagine a world without barriers. Isn’t it beautiful?