CCAC – What It Is, Programs, and Why You Want to Join Now - Captioning is the Language of the World – Captioning is Communication Access
September 2013: “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.”
The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) is the only group nationally and internationally with a sole focus on advocacy for captioning inclusion. Equal communication access is the goal. Captioning speaks to us!
CCAC is a large membership non-profit organization with the following programs to educate, advocate, and raise awareness about vital needs for captioning among mega-millions. Captioning is our (receptive) language if hearing is missing or low. Captioning is the world’s language for translations and world communications, with hearing or not. Captioning benefits others also for different reasons that have nothing to do with hearing loss. Captioning sends the message!
1. CCAC is a non-commercial resource, on the web and with meet-ups in person, open to the public. Our web education and information is extensive.
2. CCAC membership allows participation in the CCAC “working community” online – 24/7 all year long – valuable and unique discussions and action for captioning education and citizen advocacy, consumers and providers together. Everyday life needs access and inclusion. Real time speech to text, also called CART and STTR, is missing in too many places. Media captioning is missing in too many places also, e.g. on the Internet.
3. CCAC offers a non-profit clearinghouse to find the Captioner or CART provider you need for yourself or your organization. CaptionMatch.com makes it easy for anyone to learn more about asking for and obtaining communication access, across the USA, and in other countries also. Providers reply to requests, and you, the user, are able to find one that fits your needs and budget. It is not a captioning company. It is a way for consumers and providers to support the CCAC organization as well as find a captioning provider at the best budget available.
4. CCAC does original research exploring the benefits of captioning, why people need captioning and more, published online and in journals.
5. CCAC supports and mentors new individual advocates regularly about how to ask for and find needed captioning, how to open conversations with others, and how to continue to reach the goal of captioning inclusion.
Captioning advocates from many backgrounds and internationally enrich the learning experience of members, and also expand advocacy effectiveness. The world is listening. Local, national, and international communications make sense.
6. CCAC joins in collaborations with other long-established and newer groups (e.g. about hearing loss, deafness, education, languages, technologies, health care, accessibility and more) to support all campaigns aiming to educate about unmet needs for captioning.
7. The CCAC Film – “Don’t Leave Me Out!” – a public service and already viewed by thousands globally, captioned in several languages (planning more films also).
8. CCAC’s activity on social media expands CCAC outreach and programs to raise awareness, educate, and advocate, and also develops into meaningful support for many online. While “social” in nature, many voices on social media have joined the CCAC and contribute to these programs. Others use social media alone.
9. CCAC advances targeted campaigns for communication with captioning inclusion in many areas of healthy life such as in school, for employment, health care, entertainment, and more. Stay tuned for the 2014 Captioning Campaign for Candidates!
10. CCAC is the only “hub” of its kind to share captioning information widely – from creation of captioning, to standards and quality of captioning, to national and international efforts to improve captioning inclusion. Champion captioning with the CCAC - join soon!
CCAC and CaptionMatch are not captioning companies. We are volunteer citizen advocates and making a difference.
Your membership is needed. Support hundreds of CCAC members advocating for access every day. Donations are tax-exempt in the USA since CCAC is an official non-profit organization. Share your captioning questions and news. Whether you are an active member or not, a supporting partner, or just curious to learn more, join today.
CCAC Member says, “…with real-time captioning I belong! I’m no longer an outcast because I cannot hear what is going on.”
What Is Captioning?
Captioning is a readable text (written) display of all sounds, voices, conversations, presentations, audio tracks, and more. Some captioning is “real time” and “live” and “face to face” during meetings and conference, for consultations and conversations, and is called CART or STTR or Velotype or Palantype, depending on your country (Steno is similar to velotype and palantype machines in other countries). Some captioning is created during media production (e.g. for cinema. television, Internet broadcasting, DVD’s). Some is real time also for media online, and some is added after production. For all media streamed on the Internet or shown anyplace (school, work community centers, medical areas, airports, etc.) millions need real time captioning for equal access.
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.”
What does CCAC do and why is it important?
Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (“CCAC”) is the only consumer advocacy organization of it’s vibrant unique structure to focus on captioning advocacy universally. Access means inclusion. Inclusion means participation and giving back. Access is healthy and lack of access is a major public health concern in all countries.
Communication barriers (lack of captioning) is not an option. CCAC works tirelessly to promote inclusion in all arenas. Whether rail or air travel; universal access to healthcare; education; government agencies and all aspects of corporate communications. Captions- both real-time and pre-recorded benefit millions of people and create an even playing field that is the foundation so that no one is excluded. Captioning a music video brings the lyrics to life…. A comedian’s captioned performance ensures that laughter abounds….and captioning all in-flight messages and videos creates equal access to the blue skies….
(submitted by CCAC member – former presidential adviser)
CCAC educates, raises awareness, and advocates in many ways to achieve inclusion of Captioning (real time or pre-prepared) where none exists now. At times, we educate for the mere mention of Captioning and CART as communication access because it is missing on too many websites and other materials, and not only on websites serving “deaf, deafened, and people with hearing loss.” Why? All citizens deserve communication “access” and “equal communication” they need for inclusion, participation, and adding skills.
CCAC considers Captioning (and CART) more than a technology like a hearing aid or looping. Many technologies help some people in some situations. Captioning is language itself. While it uses technology, it also needs human skills. It’s a vital and primary communication method (as is sign language).
See http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-advocacy/ and the other tabs above to read more. More members help achieve the mission – inclusion and equal communication access with captioning.
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 that I’m understanding new information.”
CCAC consumer member making donation in 2013 says: “You are doing great work, that’s the message. Advocacy works.”
Pledge to share videos only with quality captioning. Email with a yes! CCACaptioning@gmail.com
Invite your local and national broadcasters to take the pledge. Email them to tell them about it and ask for quality cc now online. This is part of continuing Internet Captioning Advocacy done regularly by CCAC members.
Do you like what you know about CCAC so far? Using CCAC materials for your work? For other groups? Finding CCAC informative, creative, open and welcoming? Please donate now to help CCAC move forward using http://ccacaptioning.org/donate/
CCAC is an official non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Your donation is tax-deductible where permitted. CCAC membership and human services are local, regional, national, and international. Support the CCAC with a donation of any size or a small advertisement on the CCAC web. All revenue goes solely toward annual costs of CCAC captioning advocacy activities. PayPal is in the right column on each page here.
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Many millions are deaf, deafened, or have a hearing loss and 95% do not use sign language. Millions of others use captioning for language, learning, and other human differences. Captioning translates into global communications! Advocate with the CCAC, the place to be for captioning advocacy.
In addition to a great CCAC membership forum online, CCAC invites you to subscribe and comment on the CCAC blog and find us on social media.
CCAC New 2013 Flyers ready! See http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-flyer/ and email if you need clean copy or PDF version. For all conferences, meetings, presentations.
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.”
CCAC IS WHERE YOU BELONG IF YOU CARE ABOUT EQUALITY OF COMMUNICATION ACCESS WITH CAPTIONING.
What are “human services”? Human Service is “meeting human needs …and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations.” (See http://www.nationalhumanservices.org/what-is-human-services). Please support the CCAC with a donation of any size, with thanks in advance.