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NCRA Gains Passage Of Training For Realtime Writers Language

On July 31, Congress passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Included in the Act is NCRA's Training for Realtime Writers language, which creates a competitive grant program to train realtime writers to provide both captioned information and communication access for the 30 million Americans who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Programs established with grants created by this legislation also can help working reporters learn and polish realtime skills.

The passage of the bill marks a triumphant end to eight years of effort put in by NCRA and our partners in Congress. Many legislators, especially Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), have been advocates of this language since it was first introduced. NCRA has worked hand-in-hand with these lawmakers to ensure that this vital language reaches the President's desk.

NCRA President Karen Yates thanked Congress for its work, noting that the bill should have a positive effect on realtime reporting as a career option. She added, "Moreover, I'd like to thank the thousands of NCRA members who have worked diligently on this issue -- visiting Capitol Hill, writing e-mails and letters, advocating for almost a decade. This is a great victory not only for people with hearing loss, but also for the profession and the association."

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