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Closed Captioned Television: Educational and Sociological Implications for Hearing Impaired Learners

Written in 1981 by Doris C. Caldwell, Special Assistant to the President of the National Captioning Institute (NCI) and former Coordinator of Programming for the Hearing Impaired at PBS, Ms. Caldwell points out that deaf children and adults improve their reading skills and broaden their vocabulary by reading captions. Having closed captions available to this segment of the population enables deaf audiences to experience what their hearing counterparts have enjoyed all along. To quote a letter sent to NCI: "I was thrilled. I have never voted because I could not hear to understand what the candidates were promising. The more NCI close captions, the more I will become interested in politics."

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