March 22, 2020

When I created HearVue based on my lived experience as a woman with profound hearing loss and a deep commitment to diversity & inclusion, my goal was to lift people out of isolation so all could enjoy live events with the support of our Canadian stenocaptioners. Since our launch six months ago, many have embraced HearVue’s mission and it has been exciting to see that cultural shift happen.

Enter one global pandemic.

My thoughts are with those affected by the virus. All around the world, it has been inspiring to see the extraordinary leadership across all sectors, the extraordinary compassion and commitment of healthcare workers, and the extraordinary kindness of communities caring for each other.

I believe great challenges present great opportunities. Today’s unprecedented times are changing the way we do business. However, our need to remain connected has created the need for balance. While the move to online platforms for webinars, conference calls, and live streaming is a welcome development, it may compound the isolation many are feeling by failing to integrate high quality captioning to aid understanding. When intentional inclusion is not considered, unintentional exclusion is the result. Always be mindful of how you can make people feel included, especially now.

In closing, I leave you with this quote by the late Maya Angelou:

“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

I wish you all courage in the days ahead.

– Lorin MacDonald

HearVue can help – click here

Our remote stenocaptioning team is on standby, ready to continue advancing inclusion through no-person contact by seamlessly integrating captioning with all online platforms like Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype, Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube, and others. Contact to learn how we can help you as you temporarily move to a virtual presence.

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