Clubhouse, Silicon Valley’s invite-only conversation-based social network, is growing exponentially. Known for scintillating discussions across a wide swatch of subjects, it’s attracting experts and those who want to become experts in their field of study or work. If you’re not yet familiar with Clubhouse, think of it as a live audio podcast where you can discuss topics or themes within designated rooms. And because participants are talking to other participants on their phone, it actually feels like a phone conversation. At peak hours, New York Times describes Clubhouse as “a rowdy dive bar.”
Seems like a fun time, right? But what does Clubhouse look like for folks who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing? Essentially a lot of really interesting rooms with closed doors.
As innovative as Clubhouse is, access is where it falls short. Without built-in captions, an entire community of people can’t experience the phenomena that is Clubhouse conversations, even with an invite!
This isn’t the first time Deaf and hard-of-hearing people have experienced barriers. But that’s not the end of the conversation — we just have to get a little crafty. So how exactly does one caption a Clubhouse conversation? The easiest way is with the Ava mobile app. With one tap, captions flow instantly and you’re in the Club!
With Ava, any Clubhouse conversation is at your fingertips. From medtech to marketing to money to memes, the rooms in Clubhouse are interesting because much of the information is coming from experts, luminaries, and a few big names, including Elon Musk, Drake, Kevin Hart, and Tiffany Haddish. You’ll also find a growing deaf community of influencers and the Deafinitely Inclusivity club, where the discussions center on inclusion and diversity.
Take Clubhouse for a spin while using Ava — and watch the conversations flow. No more FOMO! And whenever Twitter comes out with Spaces and Facebook launches a version on its network, you’ll be ready to join those.