Women-owned, disability-owned small business with a commitment to ethics, quality, and outstanding customer care. We believe that our human captioners paired with technology can transform a perceived disability into ability and it starts with accessibility. It is a basic right to have access to information, communications, knowledge, and shared human experiences. Being Deaf, hard of hearing, or not sharing a common language should not be a barrier to excellence. Our technology can bridge these barriers, misperceptions, and stigma by creating an atmosphere to thrive.

Women-woned, disability-owned small business with a commitment to ethics, quiality and outstanding customer care.

Our Leadership Team

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Patricia K. Graves

Patricia founded Caption First in 1989 in Chicago, IL. She is president, CEO, and lead writer of Caption First. In addition...

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Roy K. Graves

Roy earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served with honor...

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National Court Reporters Association Certifications

All Caption First realtime writers are certified by the National Court Reporters Association:

  • Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) - formerly Certified CART Provider (CCP) and Certified Brodcast Captioner (CBC)
  • Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR)
Learn more about our National Court Reporters Association credentials.

Our Team

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leora grasl headshot - realtime captioner
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A Short History Of Our Realtime Captioning Services Firm

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Founded in 1989, Caption First initially was established to meet the needs of local television news programming by providing realtime captioning services. Our focus since those early beginnings has evolved to providing realtime and post-production captioning for corporations, Government, education, and domestic and international conventions.

A strong supporter of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Organizations
Our services are more than just a business, for our owners it is deeply personal. Our highly skilled employees share this passion and are committed to ethical best-in-class professional service to our clients.

We will continue to be a worldwide leader in the captioning services industry by being on the cutting edge of technology and offering innovative solutions to real-world communication barriers.

Caption First is a worldwide leader in providing instant written text for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and for people whose native language is not English.


A strong supporter of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Organizations

Some of our Team Excursions

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people saluting firepit in honor of fallen veterans
caption first team outing - standing outside of hotel
caption first team outing - standing outside in front of mountain scenery
caption first team outing - dinner at long table
caption first team outing - sitting on couch
caption first team outing - in underground cavern
caption first team outing - standing in front of bison at musueum
caption first team outing - two standing with masks and sign
roy and pat graves standing together outside
caption first team outing - sitting and standing near couch
caption first team outing - sitting on couch
caption first team outing - laying on couch
caption first team outing - sitting on couch
caption first team outing - sitting on couch
caption first team outing - man sitting on couch
people saluting firepit in honor of fallen veterans

Realtime Captioning & Transcription Services