“We’re tired of having to work so much more than everyone else in order to not miss information.”
After watching the first presidential debate, Erin Rosenfeld was upset, Teen Vogue reports — but not because of any particular comment or altercation between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
Other young members of the deaf and hard of hearing community told Teen Vogue they agreed that the debate left them out of the political process.
While automatic closed captioning was available, it wasn’t entirely accurate and it didn’t cover everything.
“I am profoundly deaf in both ears,” first-time voter Connor Switenky told Teen Vogue in an email interview. Commenting on CNN’s live stream of the debate, he said, “There were no labels in captions to denote who was talking at that moment, and multiple people talking at the same time made it even worse.”