Stay Home, Stay Connected
Looking for ways to be entertained and stay connected at home? We’ve compiled a list for you here. You can watch these hearing-friendly events on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Most events are captioned–usually live but occasionally afterward, in the recorded version.
Need some guidance to use the online platform Zoom with confidence? Here’s a quick training from the folks at Zoom. If you need help with the captions, Richard Einhorn shows you how to make them visible.
Updated October 12, 2020
Movies To Watch at Home
Watch first-run independent movies at home. Local theaters and others across the country are bringing fantastic films to you. You don’t need Netflix or Amazon Prime—simply pay a small “rental fee,” usually about $12, to stream it directly to your TV, laptop, or tablet. Most of these, including all foreign films, are captioned.
What’s life like for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Gallaudet University? Watch students fall in love and figure it all out in this new Netflix series called Deaf U. Free with your Netflix subscription.
Theater and the Arts
Seattle Rep takes you behind the scenes–virtually. Watch their memorable moments, creative conversations, master classes, interviews, and much more.
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) offers performer interviews, music, dance, and even interactive classes.
Seattle Opera’s YouTube channel provides previews, behind-the-scenes looks at costuming and makeup and production, performances, opera talks, and more.
The 5th Avenue Theater is hosting a “Live from the West Side” series featuring live performances from Patti LuPone (October 24), Laura Benanti (November 14), and Vanessa Williams (December 5). Automate Speech Recognition captioning is planned.
Author Talks and Cool Library Stuff
Seattle Public Library hosts online author talks and is currently running a writers’ reading series called “It’s About Time.” Request captions when you register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
King County Libraries The King County Library System offers many online programs, including book walks, author talks, kids’ story time and games, coffee-hour discussions, and much more. Coming up: the “Barely Tolerable Tales” series, which features Halloween-themed storytelling plus a cocktail recipe you can make and enjoy at home. When you sign up for any library program, be sure to request captions.
Town Hall Seattle talks “Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World” on September 16, and welcomes Senator Sherrod Brown on September 28. Some live events are captioned, and some are not; all are captioned and available on their YouTube channel afterward.
ADA 30th Celebration: Watch the excellent Washington State ADA 30th Anniversary Celebration, captioned.
AgeWise King County hosts online (virtual) events to help keep seniors connected.
- Civic coffee hours: “Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech, and Resilience,” every Thursday at 10:30 am.
If you miss these events live, you can watch the (captioned) video later.
Senior Planet hosts dozens of online streaming classes, including exercise (stretching, chair yoga, and strength training), technology (social media, health apps, Zoom), cooking, business discussion groups, and much more. Recorded versions are captioned, and they tell us they’re working on live captions.
Groups and Organizations
The Audible Talkers Toastmasters group meets virtually via Zoom If you’d like to experience one of their meetings, email hwolfeaz(at)gmail.com. Captions are by the Relay Conference Captioning Service provided through the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of hearing.
We hope we can all gather and enjoy live, in-person events again soon. For information about live events with captions, hearing loops, or other assistive listening systems, visit Let’s Loop Seattle.