MISSION = INCLUSION OF QUALITY CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY
ALL MEDIA AND LIVE EVENTS
CCAC = COLLABORATIVE FOR COMMUNICATION ACCESS VIA CAPTIONING
WHAT IS CAPTIONING? Full text equivalent of speech and other meaningful sounds, provided as they happen, and where they happen, whether in a video or audio recording or during a live event.
WHY? Millions use quality captioning (subtitles) for conversations, education, employment, entertainment, meetings and more. Captioning is our language for people with hearing loss and deafness. Captions also benefit hearing people efor learning to read, learning languages, enjoying videos or TV in noisy or quiet spaces. People with autism, tinnitus, and other perceptual differences use captions. Captions allow immediate transcripts of important events.
Hearing loss affects one in 4 to 5 people, all ages, globally. About 50 million in the USA alone. If not you, probably someone in your family.
CITIZEN CAPTIONING ADVOCATES – JOIN US!
CCAC is an official 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization (charity) across the USA and internationally. We ask for quality captioning in all places needed. Donations are tax-deductible. Support the mission in any way that fitS for you.
CCAC is not a captioning company. It’s is a welcoming place to learn more about captioning (subtitling, speech-to-text) and find support with others to help advocate for inclusion. We’re having an impact. We value your needs if you use captioning, and your services if you are a captioning provider.
WHERE DO YOU NEED CAPTIONS? TELL US – WE WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN WITH YOU, FOR YOU.
“@CCACaptioning Your mission speaks to my heart. Captions are vital for accessing content and there aren’t enough of them.” – thank you!”
“CCAC- Grass roots advocacy at it’s best!” from long-time expert advocate – thank you.”
“My hat’s off to you CCAC for all the work and effort you put into advocacy for inclusion with captioning and CART! Thanks again.”
Captioning speaks to us! Captioning sends the message! Captioning is convincing!
WHY JOIN THE CCAC? WHY SUPPORT US?
1. CCAC is a non-commercial free global online resource about Captioning. Too many others don’t understand. We offer extensive web information and also actively advocate every day.
2. The CCAC Members’ Forum Online is our meeting place and working space 24/7 all year long. Valuable information, discussions and advocacy happen in the unique community online. We are citizen advocates (consumers, providers and many others together).
3. CCAC aims to help anyone or any group find a captioner for media or live events. A free clearinghouse service (to locate a provider) called CaptionMatch was designed by a CCAC volunteer and active for about 5 years. Now on hold as the system considers an update, a simple email asking how to begin your search is all you need. CCACaptioning@gmail.com.
4. CCAC does original research exploring the benefits of captioning, why people need captioning and more, published online and in journals. See tabs called “Advocacy” and “Resources.”
5. CCAC provides mentoring and “letters of support” for individuals and other groups interested in captioning and seeking captioning anyplace needed.
Captioning advocates from many backgrounds and internationally enrich our learning and expand advocacy effectiveness. Local, national, and international communications make sense.
6. CCAC collaborates with long-established and newer groups (e.g. about hearing loss, accessibility, deafness, education, languages, disabilities, technologies, user experience, universal design, health care and more) to support all campaigns aiming for access and inclusion.
7. CCAC Media such as the first CCAC film called “Don’t Leave Me Out!” are viewed by a thousands globally. Some have our media on their own webs, at conferences, and more places. Spread the words!
8. CCAC’s activity on social media expands CCAC outreach and advocacy. Thousands of friends, fans and followers are with the CCAC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GooglePlus, and the CCAC YouTube Channel.
9. CCAC advances targeted campaigns for communication with captioning inclusion in schools, employment, health care, entertainment, government, transportation and more. One example – highly-regarded non-partisan “Captions Capture the Votes!” project. See tab above.
10. CCAC is the only official non-profit group we know to offer Grants for inclusion of Live Event Captioning.
Many copy CCAC lingo to promote individual projects, and some give CCAC credit and thanks. Cheers for all captioning advocacy! Just do it!
CCAC Member says, “…with real-time captioning I belong! I’m no longer an outcast because I cannot hear what is going on.”
Parent of child with deafness says, “Absolutely you may quote me! I really believe in the need for captioning. It has been amazing watching my son learn to read (he’s just 6) and the difference it has made in his life.”
CCAC member says, “With real-time captioning, I can attend, understand, and contribute to a discussion with less fear that I’ve missed a crucial point or even have the topic confused. It gives me more confidence….”
CCAC consumer member making donation says: “You are doing great work, that’s the message. Advocacy works.”
Like what you know about CCAC so far? Using CCAC materials for your work? For other groups? Finding CCAC informative and creative? Join or donate now to help CCAC move forward. Lots to do! All revenue solely toward annual costs of CCAC captioning advocacy activities. PayPal is in the right column on each page here.
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CCAC members say: “I am so proud of the work you do on the CCAC. All your posts are insightful, tasteful, and easy to understand. Thanks for all you do”.
“I hope in my lifetime captioning will become so mainstream that you won’t have to even think about it.”
“The CCAC is doing an amazing job to advocate for captioning inclusion, and it’s taken off like wildfire!”
“Why didn’t I know about the CCAC forum online before? It’s a life saver! thank you.”
The CCAC official non-profit organization is a human service group.
IF YOU HAVE READ ALL THE WAY DOWN TO HERE, THANK YOU! PLEASE ASLO VIST THE OTHER TABS AND LINKS SUCH AS ADVOCACY, RESOURCES, MEMBERS’ FORUM, CCAC BLOG AND MUCH MORE.
NEED A SPEAKER ON CAPTIONING OR HEARING LOSS? The founder and president of the CCAC (Lauren E. Storck) welcomes invitations to speak at conferences, schools, other events. Transportation and accommodation costs are requested. CCACaptioning@gmail.com
NOTE: THESE WEBPAGES DO NOT TAKE COMMENTS. TO TALK TO CCAC, USE EMAIL TO CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM, USE CCACBLOG.WORDPRESS.COM, OR FIND CCAC ON FACEBOOK.