CCAC ASKS FOR CAPTIONING. OUR LANGUAGE. DON’T LEAVE US OUT!

WHY? Millions of citizens globally need captioning to see conversations and sounds. We ask for quality captioning for all media and live events too. Captioning is our language. 

WHY CAPTIONS? Not only for hearing loss and deafness, but for languages, translations, learning, everyone in noisy places, and many more good reasons. . 

Hearing loss affects one in five people of all ages, on average. About 50 million in the USA alone. If not you, probably someone in your family.  

CCAC = CITIZEN ADVOCATES  WITH MISSION = INCLUSION OF QUALITY CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY. 

CCAC is an official non-profit grass-roots organization. All volunteers and international. We ASK for quality captioning in all places needed and missing. CCAC is not a captioning company. CCAC is a welcoming place to learn more about captioning (subtitling, speech-to-text) and find support. Making it happen! Become part of the solution. Join us today.  Advocate, educate, raise awareness! 

JOIN THE CCAC TODAY and participate in the CCAC Members’ Only Forum online, our virtual meeting place every day.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PUBLIC CCAC BLOG TO KEEP UP TO DATE and add your thoughts. https://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/new-from-ccac-get-your-video-selections-captioned/

CLICK ON THE “ADVOCACY” LINK ON TOP OF THIS PAGE to learn about all current CCAC CAPS – Captioning Advocacy Projects. Many more caption advocacy activities are discussed regularly in the CCAC members’ forum.  

CCAC PAYS FOR LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING! APPLY NOW. http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-sponsorship-for-cart-a-new-captioning-advocacy-program/   Live Event Captioning (CART, STTR) for you or your organization. Nothing better!  

CAPTIONING COMMUNICATES – CCAC MEMBERS ASK FOR CAPTIONING LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, INTERNATIONALLY – SAY IT WITH US – CAPTIONS FOR ALL – SUBTITLES – CART – STTR – TEXT INTERPRETING – CAPTION THE WORLD. WHERE DO YOU NEED CAPTIONS DURING 2016? TELL US SOON. WE WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN WITH YOU, FOR YOU.   

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

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 is it? Programs? Why join us?   

“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 official  501(c)3 non-profit organization nationally and internationally with a sole focus on advocacy for captioning inclusion, and all volunteers.  As a large active and official charity, CCAC is a hub for seasoned and also new captioning advocates in any location. 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. 

Captioning is the (receptive) language when hearing is missing or low. Hearing loss happens at all ages, and especially with long lives. Captioning is also the world’s language for translations and world communications, to boost literacy 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 about Captioning – a vital part of many lives that too many others don’t understand yet. CCAC offers extensive web education and information. We educate, raise awareness, and advocate every day.  CCAC volunteers provide captioning for selected CCAC advocacy projects like the CCAC film, and limited free captioning for selected events. Other resources include information about creating captions (our DIY information used by others), and training information for live Captioning, as well as quality issues.  

2. CCAC encourages all to participate in the CCAC Members’ Forum Online – our meeting place and working space 24/7 all year long with additional valuable information, serious discussions and actions for captioning education, citizen advocacy, with consumers, providers and supporters together. We value “group work” and CCAC participants’ voices count! 

3. CCAC offers a non-profit service to help anyone or any group find a media Captioner or CART (Live Event Captioning) provider. CCAC’s CaptionMatch.com makes it easy for anyone to learn more about asking for captioning and for different budgets. it’s not a captioning company or agency. It’s part of the CCAC. Registered providers are available to talk to. 

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 mentors advocates about how to ask for and find needed captioning, how to open conversations with others and continue toward the goal – access and inclusion with quality captioning. Model advocacy letters are shared, and CCAC offers “Letters of Support” for selected captioning requests by others.

Captioning advocates from many backgrounds and internationally enrich our learning and expand advocacy effectiveness.  Local, national, and international communications make sense.  

6. CCAC joins in collaborations with other 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 to educate about unmet needs for captioning and broader inclusion. 

7. The CCAC Film – “Don’t Leave Me Out!” – a public service and already viewed by thousands globally, captioned in several languages. A new CCAC short movie is also making the rounds. Find it on the CCAC YouTube Channel.  

8. CCAC’s activity on social media expands CCAC outreach and programs to raise awareness, educate, and advocate, with meaningful support for many others. Thousands of friends, fans and followers are with the CCAC.

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, government, transportation and more. One example – highly-regarded non-partisan Captioning Campaign for Candidates – see the tab above for “Captions Capture the Votes!” 2016 elections most important! Get involved.

10. CCAC is the only non-profit all volunteer group we know to offer Grants to make Captioning happen, for individuals, other non-profits, and even for corporations’ conferences. 

Many copy CCAC lingo to promote individual projects, and some give CCAC credit and thanks! Cheers for all captioning advocacy! Just do it! 

CCAC is making a difference! Join and support the CCAC. 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 conferences, for consultations and conversations, and is called CART or STTR or Velotype or Palantype, depending on your country. 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 a vibrant unique structure to focus solely 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) are 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 benefit mega-millions of people, hearing or not. For those with hearing loss, or language differences, or in any noisy environment, 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 knows that captioning is more than a technology like a hearing aid and looping, and also more than an “assistive” device.  Many technologies help some people in some situations. Captioning is language itself. While it uses technology, it also rescues us from unhealthy exclusion. It’s a vital and primary communication method (as is sign language) with human expertise required. (95% or more of millions with hearing loss or deafness do not use sign language, contrary to popular perceptions.)

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.”  

PLEASE SHARE ONLY VIDEOS OF ANY SORT THAT HAVE QUALITY CC – not machine automatic poor quality CC.

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/

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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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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CCAC was six years old in December 2015. Time flies! Thanks to 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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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. 

IF YOU HAVE READ ALL THE WAY DOWN TO HERE, THANK YOU!

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

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