CCAC Means Captioning Advocacy & Inclusion…Join Today…Don’t Be Left Out

JOIN TODAY, IF YOU USE CAPTIONS, NEED CAPTIONS, KNOW OTHERS WHO DO – WE NEED YOU TOO! 

CAPTIONING COMMUNICATES – CCAC ASKS FOR CAPTIONING LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, INTERNATIONALLY – SAY IT WITH US – CAPTIONS FOR ALL

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Captioning is convincing. We need quality captioning on all media, everywhere, and live at all public events. It’s the world’s language.

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!

CCAC – What it is, our Programs, and Why join us – Captioning is the Language of the World – Captioning is Communication Access – You are needed now.

“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) – the only official  501(c)(3) non-profit organization nationally and internationally with a sole focus on advocacy for captioning inclusion, and all volunteers. Equal communication access is the goal. Captioning speaks to us!

Many students, employees, patients and customers need live quality captioning for meetings, interviews, classroom learning, work and travel.  All aspects of everyday human life (e.g. family ceremonies like marriage and graduation) are deserving of equal communication for anyone who needs captioning. 

CCAC is a now a huge community that educates, advocates, and raises awareness about our needs for captioning and does it every day. The CCAC community welcomes you. Send us an email or join now from the tab above. 

Captioning is the (receptive) language when hearing is missing our low. Hearing loss happens at all ages, and especially if you live longer lives. Captioning is the world’s language for translations and world communications, hearing or not. Captioning benefits many others for different reasons that have nothing to do with hearing loss. Captioning sends the message. CCAC efforts include these programs:

1. CCAC is a non-commercial free resource. Our web education and information is extensive. We do not sell captioning, nor do we create captioning. We educate, raise awareness, and advocate every day.  Our volunteers welcome and provide captioning for our own advocacy ventures like the CCAC film and submitted videos to further the CCAC mission. 

2. CCAC encourages all to participate in the CCAC working community online by joining the CCAC. A CCAC forum for members is open 24/7 all year long with additional valuable information and unique discussions and actions for captioning education, citizen advocacy, with consumers and providers together.

3. CCAC offers a non-profit service to help anyone or any group find the Captioner or CART (Live Captioning) provider needed. CCAC’s 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, as an individual or organization, can find what you need for your 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. 

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 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 our learning and 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. Find the tab above. 

8. CCAC’s activity on social media expands CCAC outreach and programs to raise awareness, educate, and advocate, and also develops meaningful support  for others. About 5,000 friends, fans and followers are with the CCAC now. 

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. Participate now in the highly-regarded non-partisan 2014 Captioning Campaign for Candidates – see the tab above for “Captions Capture the Votes!”

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!

NEWEST CCAC CAP (captioning advocacy project) is FREE LIVE CAPTIONING for your non-profit’s event. See tab above and apply – we have sponsorships to award (CCAC pays the provider). Providers take note! 

We are volunteer citizen advocates and making a difference. Support hundreds who have joined the CCAC to advocate for inclusion and equal access via captioning. Donations are tax-exempt. Share your captioning questions and news. Whether you are an active participant 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  (CART uses steno, similar to velotype and palantype 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.” 
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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 considers Captioning (and RTC or 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. 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 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

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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. Please 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. We are all volunteers. PayPal is in the right column on each page here.

E-mail for information. 

CCAC pays no rent and has no salaried staff.
 A small volunteer board of directors and officers ensures efficiency and minimal administrative costs. CCAC welcomes suggestions and fundraising energies to create budgets for meetings, conferences, films, and new captioning advocacy campaigns. CCAC is a captioning association, as compared to captioning companies (for-profits) and other groups with wider goals (e.g. deafness groups).

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“Don’t Leave Us Out!” is a major CCAC international captioning advocacy project. Click on the tab to open the short film, captioned in many languages.
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Do you or your company need captioning or CART? Be sure your meeting, event or media is accessible. “Just ask” using CaptionMatch, http://CaptionMatch.com, CCAC service to expand CCAC advocacy. Users and providers who register and use CaptionMatch are supporting CCAC volunteers aiming to accomplish the mission!   
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December 2014 –  CCAC will be 5 years old! Help us celebrate with a donation or communication that tells us how we’re doing, or offers energy to do even more. We thank so many who have have joined, contributed, and pushed this exciting active advocacy adventure to become an official non-profit organization since June 2012. Invite others to join soon. 
 
CCAC has one Mission – inclusion of quality captioning universally.

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.

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CCAC invites you to subscribe and comment on the CCAC blog (public) and find us on social media.

Need a Flyer about Captioning for your conferences and meetings? Use this one or talk to us about a  new one. Easy to do: http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-flyer/ and email if you need clean copy or PDF version.

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. 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 and support the CCAC with a donation of any size, with thanks in advance. 

 

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