The time has come to say goodbye. I will not be a guide for About.com anymore after the end of March. I knew I would be writing this blog post someday, and now someday is here. It has been a long ride, since About.com begain in April 1997. I never expected it to last this long. You will still have a guide for deafness (and hard of hearing) - it just won't be me. I do not know who my replacement will be, but most likely it will be someone with a medical background who can better address the medical side of deafness and hearing loss than I can.
The articles and other things I have created over the years, will stay on the site, both good and bad. The new guide will write new articles for you to read. Perhaps the new guide will be able to take things I have done as the years went by, and improve on them.
A friend asked me what will I do with my newly freed time and energy after leaving About.com? I have a demanding full time job outside of About.com, which I had always done part-time. For the past two years that naturally limited how much I could do for both About.com and Caption Action 2 (http://www.causes.com/captionaction2), the Facebook cause I originally created to get a law passed in Congress to require internet captioning.
Now that I will not be a guide anymore, I will have more time and energy to devote to Caption Action 2. Although we have the new law, Caption Action 2 is still needed because of a major loophole in the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act that was signed into law in October 2010. What is that loophole? The loophole is that the new Internet captioning requirements do NOT apply to any programming developed specifically for the Internet. This means, for example, that new, professionally done channels on YouTube are not required to closed caption their video content.