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Sarah Snow has taken up the cause with a campaign encouraging users to contact their favorite You Tube creators and post about it using the hashtag #withcaptions.
One selling point is that captions are useful in many situations beyond the deaf community, such as in noisy settings like bars, where closed-captioned TV broadcasts are a staple.
That’s why Stout and his colleagues at TDI were excited to find Glide, an Israeli startup founded in 2012 that makes a free video-chat app of the same name for Android and i OS.
Glide told me that it now has “at least several hundred thousand deaf users.” (The app has been installed on more than 20 million devices and Glide claims “millions” of active users.) “They were a community that we found accidentally,” says Sarah Snow, Glide’s community manager.
Stout calls this an example of universal design policies that benefit everyone, not only the deaf or hard of hearing.
Much as he likes Glide, Stout looks forward to a day when such video messaging capability is a universal design across devices and doesn’t require a special app.
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