Participate in the Research Study

Invitation to Participate in the Live Sports Captioning Research Study

We need your help!

We are seeking 20 people who are Deaf (ASL or oral deaf) and 20 people who are Hard-of-Hearing and like watching live hockey or basketball on TV to participate in a research program to improve the quality of captioning of live sports TV in Canada.

The study will be conducted at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. As a participant in the research you will be asked to complete three short questionnaires, watch two ten-minute captioned live sports video segments (either hockey or basketball) and participate in a brief discussion about the game segments you just watched. In total, you will be involved for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This study has been funded by the Broadcast Accessibility Fund.

An honorarium of $60 is being offered for your participation plus reasonable travel expenses within the GTA. To qualify for participation in this research you need to be either Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, and have watched captioned live ice hockey or basketball television broadcasts for at least one year.

All research data from your participation will remain private and confidential, and will only be accessible to the research team. The research data will be analyzed and all reporting will be anonymized and done at an aggregate level. We will not share your personal information with anyone.

If you are interested in participating please contact Deborah Fels, Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management at dfels@ryerson.ca or call 416.979-5000 ext. 7619 at Ryerson University. Please confirm that you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, which live sport you prefer to watch, Ice Hockey or Basketball, and that you have watched one of those sports on television with captions for at least one year.

Once we have received your response a member of the research team will contact you to schedule your participation and answer any further questions you may have. Please note that if we exceed the number of required participants we may not be able to involve all interested applicants in this research project.

Your participation is important to us and we thank you, in advance, for your role in helping to shape the future of captioning of live sports television in Canada.

This research has been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board with Protocol #:2020-066.