WAMU-FM tries radio for the deaf


American University’s WAMU-FM Washington, DC announced that it is providing real-time captioning online for two broadcasts of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show.” Both shows will focus on technology for people with disabilities.

The real-time captioning will be on kojoshow.org so that the deaf and hard of hearing will be able to follow and participate in the discussions.

The first show took place Monday (10/11), in which The Kojo Nnamdi Show explored expanding access to broadcast technology in light of a new federal law aimed at increasing content on mobile phones and TV for people with disabilities. On Tuesday, October 12th at noon ET, the show will examine how some companies are integrating accessibility into their design process so that the latest gadgets are available for all people, including those with a disability.

Real-time captioning on kojoshow.org will allow the deaf and hard of hearing to follow these discussions in real-time. The service is produced in collaboration with Speche Communications. Participants will be prompted to download the SpecheBox plug-in at kojoshow.org if it is not already installed on their computers. As always, participants can ask questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to be answered on-air.