Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Mid-Atlantic Ballroom A
January 20, 2009 – 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Denise O’Hare-Nardulli, Principal of Global Caption Network is proud to have been selected as one of eight captioners invited by Lorraine Carter, Principal of Court Reporters, Inc., to live caption on site the 2009 Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2009. Several other captioners traveled from all over the country, some as far as North Carolina and Reno, Nevada.
The event attracted a star-studded cast of appearances with more than 85,000 people invited from all over the country. The Neighborhood Ball was broadcast live on ABC and the stars were dressed to the 9s! Albert Rinaldis, VP of Business Development for Global Caption Network, caught a few stars on camera — J. Lo and Marc Anthony; Oprah and Steadman – and others spotted were Vanessa Williams and family, Tom Hanks, Denzell Washington, Beyonce, Shakira, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder, Sting, the Grateful Dead, and Ray Romano…
Global communications through captioning…
In an effort to keep up with today’s technologically advanced world, Global Caption Network is dedicated to bridging the hearing gap and integrating the non-hearing with the hearing community through captions. We believe by interfacing our valuable skills and embracing technology, we are able to globally connect our two worlds together.
Hearing loss is the No. 1 disability in the world, affecting nearly 10% or 70 million of the total U.S. population. While American Sign Language (ASL) is used in many instances to communicate with the deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH), only about 10% of that population can understand ASL. There are also several other variations of sign language in the community and there is not one universal sign language. While not all deaf or HOH understand ASL, captioning is generally the preferred method of communication for deaf and HOH. Studies have shown that captions greatly enhance English as a Second Language (ESL) individuals’ communication barriers and can be a valuable note-taking tool for severely handicapped viewers as well. Transcripts can be provided to accompany podcasts on websites or can be downloaded by members to re-enforce the message.
Global Caption Network is a Christian-based captioning company situated north of the Pittsburgh area in North Sewickley Township in western Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves in providing quality-captioning services through our select pool of experienced and certified captioners. Our premium captioning services include: educational captioning; ministry and church captioning; conferences and seminars, embedding the captions onto a large video screen for large audiences – also known as live Computer-Assisted Realtime Translation (CART); radio talk shows, news, or sports transcripts uploaded or streamed live on the internet or webcast; live broadcast closed captioning; offline (pre-recorded) videos; captioning corporate business meetings and financial calls; and multi-language translation.
Now you can communicate through captions your valuable, poignant messages with the deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH). An experienced Global Caption Network captioner on-site or remote translates the spoken word into English text and simultaneously sends the text live to a projector for large screen or remotely through a live internet stream, or an upload of the transcript can be sent to your website instantly after your live conference or seminar to include your new audience – the deaf and HOH viewers.
Global Caption Network is very dedicated to opening up environments that were previously unavailable to the deaf and HOH. Our passion and vision is to be an integral tool or platform to propel otherwise closed environments into the digital age by captioning classrooms equipped with Wi-Fi networks (WLAN) or video conferencing capabilities, church sermons, pod casts, speaking engagements, and radio talk shows not accessible to the deaf and HOH community.
One of the country’s leading providers of Real Time Closed Captions for:
– International, National, Regional, & Local News – Sports – Web Conferencing
– CART – Live Broadcast Programming – Multi-Lingual Translation