SME Introduces Manufacturing Videos for the Hearing Impaired

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Many of the SME’s training and educational video programs are now available in closed-caption format to reach a larger audience, the Dearborn-based nonprofit, announced Monday. The organization was previously known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

“Closed-caption programs are essential tools for the hearing impaired,” says Jeannine Kunz, SME’s managing director of workforce and education. “SME strives to provide the necessary tools to all of its customers and audiences. This step toward diversified education exemplifies the measures that SME is progressively taking to appeal to everyone involved in manufacturing.”

The videos — which cover topics such as compression molding and rapid tooling design — aim to promote collaborative problem solving among students and other SME stakeholders.

Kunz says the benefits of the videos are twofold. For one, educators can spend more time in the classroom focusing on hands-on applications rather than lecturing about how a process is performed. Another benefit is the videos can be watched even when students — hearing impaired or otherwise — are in an environment where audio is not available.

SME, which aims to advance manufacturing and engineering, offers more than 200 training and educational video programs. The closed-captioning programs, in line with Federal Communication Commission’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, are available in DVD and live streaming format at sme.org/cctitles.

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