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Ethics Committee Developing Code of Conduct

ATSP’s Ethics and Standards Subcommittee, chaired by Chanel Carlascio, is currently revising an initial draft of ATSP’s Code of Professional Conduct. This comprehensive code will be made up of seven core tenets that encompass transcriber and captionist responsibilities and  illustrate consistent guidelines to help guide, support, and educate speech-to-text providers and consumers, so that they can make educated decisions in their respective roles. By the start of the new year, ATSP plans to publish a draft of this code for public comment, through its newsletter.
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Behind the Scenes

ATSP Board Announces New President

ATSP is excited to introduce its new president, Jason "Kap" Kapcala.  Kap began working as a TypeWell transcriber for West Virginia University's Office of Accessibility Services three years ago and now serves as the Coordinator of Auxiliary Aids, supervising WVU's Transcriber and Interpreter Program. 

"I'm excited to work with so many skilled professionals who are passionate about their work," Kap said. "And I look forward to exploring new ways for ATSP to help support and enhance the ongoing professional development of transcribers and captionists."

Prior to working in the disabilities field, Kap worked as a college instructor teaching English and Creative Writing.  He is also an accomplished writer and a frequent contributor to professional blogs.  His first book, a collection of short stories entitled North to Lakeville, is scheduled for publication on Urban Farmhouse Press this fall.

Kap transitioned into the President of the Board position on November 1, as current ATSP president Shannon Cowling rotates to a Board member position.
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ATSP Welcomes New Board Member

ATSP has added a new member to its board.  Robert D. Nauman is an attorney at the firm Squire Patton Boggs focusing on healthcare, health insurance, and corporate matters.  His areas of expertise include healthcare fraud and abuse laws, Medicare reimbursement issues, and provider alignment strategies.  He has been practicing law since 2002 and works with a wide variety of healthcare clients, including hospitals and health systems, physicians, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, and more.  Rob's extensive legal background and professional legal expertise will be an asset to the organization and its ongoing projects. 

Rob graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 where he majored in international relations.  He also graduated from Capital Law School in 2002 and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.  He now lives in Columbus with his wife, Dawn, and two children, Lola and Maxwell.
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Meet ATSP's New Intern

This fall, ATSP welcomes a new intern, Jarred Bowers.  Bowers is currently a student at West Virginia University majoring in English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Professional Writing and Editing, and he is minoring in Communication Studies.  He has experience as a copyeditor at WVU's student run newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, and has published fiction in WVU's literary journal, Calliope.  He is set to graduate in Spring 2018.  For the duration of his internship, he will be focusing his efforts on editing ATSP's newsletters and assisting in website design.


Captioning Petition Filed with Copyright Office

By law, speech-to-text service providers must be able to provide effective accommodations for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and some providers work with video materials to make them accessible. However, they often encounter a catch-22 when providing captions for copyrighted media puts them at risk of violating copyright laws.  

ATSP, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) are working together to petition the United States Copyright Office to grant exemptions to copyright laws for disability services offices and organizations that support people with disabilities, including libraries and other educational institutions that provide accommodations, on the grounds that those institutions’ legal and ethical obligations to make works accessible to people with disabilities circumvent technological protection measures.  This petition for new exemption under 17 U.S.C. § 1201 was filed in early September, and updates on its progress will be provided through the ATSP newsletter.
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The logo for the ARL. It's a simple logo with a blue background and white text that reads "Association of Research Libraries".
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Calling All Members

How Do You Navigate Captioning and Copyright Law?

Experienced service providers know that when it comes to providing captions, navigating the law can feel like picking your way through a minefield. On one hand, the Americans with Disabilities Act provides certain protections for individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. On the other hand, federal copyright law protects original works of authorship.

ATSP could use your help as we continue our advocacy work in this area. Are you someone who has been called upon to add accessibility features to videos (such as captioning) and has a need to circumvent with Digital Rights Management (DRM) encumbered materials? Please click on the following link and share your experiences. We will be collecting examples until November 20. 
Share Your Experiences
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