Campus News

March is Disability Awareness Month

BY THE OFFICE OF EQUITY & DIVERSITY,
THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY RESOURCES and
AND THE ADA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

“Community Connections” is the theme for Indiana Disability Awareness Month this year. The focus is on the importance for each person to support their neighbors, in order for our communities to grow and prosper.

This is true of the Purdue Calumet community. It takes all of us, working together, to make sure that our campus and our quality education are accessible to everyone.

Kathy Cortopassi
Kathy Cortopassi

Special video captioning event scheduled

Kathy Cortopassi will discuss, “Video Captioning” Thursday (3/7) at noon in Room with a View of SUL. Different degrees of hearing loss will be demonstrated.

Upon learning that her daughter had hearing loss, Cortopassi decided to learn to use her court reporting skills to launch a new venture in video captioning. She started her “Voice to Print Captioning” firm nearly 20 years ago and has been teaching the art of video captioning to others since that time.

Benefits of this decision

Specific areas during the presentation will cover criteria

  • to become a successful captioner;
  • how Cortopassi learned American Sign Language and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) or captioning in real time; and
  • ways she is able to help people achieve their goals.

Last fall, she was asked to be the Director of CART & Captioning at McCormack College in Chicago. She is developing the curriculum and teaching it to students there.

Additional activities during National Disability Awareness Month will take place later this month. Watch for announcements via email or in the next issue of The Bridge for details.