For many of us, the Internet erased communication barriers until videos started gaining popularity with sites like YouTube and TV networks making episodes of shows available as downloads. We can watch the TV shows on TV with captions, but the downloaded videos are silent — without captions. The Wall Street Journal took notice with its article: Deaf Web Users Fear Being Left Behind As TV Shows Stream Onto the Internet.
Even with the Journal’s article, it will take a lot more notice to make a difference — but it shouldn’t be as slow a process as it was for TV captions. I hope.