Votes counted. Thanks to everyone who asked for CAPTIONING this season! Hear this: Now is the time to talk to your elected local, state, national leaders and teach them about captioning for all LIVE EVENTS and their media everyplace, including online, streamed live or recorded. Yes you can. Let us know how to help you too. Captions Count!
SEPTEMBER 2016 – DEBATE 1 ONLINE LIVE AND SEVERAL WITH CAPTIONING – YES! As important as TV now – Live Alive Online with Access! #Captionworldnow
H. Clinton streamed her Orlando, FL talk the other day live and with live quality captioning too. Yes!
Dear reader – if you see ANY candidate who does this, tell us – email to CCACaptioning@gmail.com
MAY 2016 – NEXT SIX MONTHS MOST IMPORTANT! NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK TO YOUR CANDIDATES PLEASE – local, state, Senate, House, and of course the Presidential candidates too. You and millions like you are worth it.
WOO HOO – FIRST SUCCESS IN 2016! IN MISSOURI. THANK YOU TO local city council candidate MAGGIE DUWE who happily agreed to use CART captioning for a campaign “meet and greet” event held Kirkwood, Missouri (St. Louis County) Many in the back of the room, not hard of hearing, were pleased to read the captions, while noshing on tasty treats. Photo shows it all (Captioning Pro was Patti White, Good Sport Captioning).
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE! USE THE SHORT SUMMARY BELOW FOR YOUR NEWSLETTERS, BLOGS, AND WHEREVER YOU CAN DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION ON THIS CAPTIONING ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN (LET US KNOW IF YOU DO):
VOLUNTEERS needed! Many candidates to talk to! We ask them all to use QUALITY CAPTIONING ON ALL MEDIA, AND LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING TOO.
You want your local City candidate to understand the needs for Quality Captioning on all Media and for them to hold Live Events with good Live Event Captioning so 1/5 citizens or more know they are invited and included! Ditto for State and National candidates. How can we help you? Please DO something for this and email us to support you. CCACaptioning@gmail.com
Good Video to show others, thanks Minnesota! http://mn.gov/deaf-commission/get-involved/voting/candidate-campaign-ad-captioning/
Chat with the CCAC team or on your own. Team uses fun live chat online when you have time. Keep us posted please, CCACaptioning@gmail.com. Talk to your candidate(s) of choice – local, state, or national. Now is the time to begin talking to candidates, and to invite other groups to advocate with us. USA or your country!
RESOURCES – IN USA, FIND YOUR CANDIDATE(S) FOR SENATE AND HOUSE AND ADVOCATE NOW FOR QUALITY CC ON ALL MEDIA AND A LIVE CAMPAIGN EVENT WITH LIVE CAPTIONING. MOST CANDIDATES NEED A LOT OF EDUCATION! YES, YOU CAN DO THIS WELL….
THERE ARE ALSO CITY AND GOVERNOR ELECTIONS IN 2016. TALK TO YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATES OR ALL OF THEM. LEARN WHICH ONES SUPPORT OUR NEEDS FOR QUALITY CAPTIONING AND WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. KEEP CCAC POSTED.
YES! IT CAN BE DONE – See photo (November 2015). Thank you Assemblyman Dababneh in California:
THE CCAC FACEBOOK ADDRESS FOR THIS CAMPAIGN IS https://www.facebook.com/Captions-Capture-the-Votes-610967952314071/ and also check into https://www.facebook.com/ccac.captioning, the main CCAC FB page.
TO FIND YOUR CANDIDATES: SEE WIKI PAGES ABOVE AND ALSO TWITTER is a good way to message them – see http://news.yahoo.com/twitter-lists-2016-candidates-063355463–politics.html and also this new blogpost tht is most helpful: http://terrillthompson.com/blog/671
Search their campaign pages and find a direct email – that’s best.
Use Facebook or any other social media they link to from their own campaign sites.
AND FOR USA PRESIDENT – WIDE FIELD OUT THERE- WHO WILL BE NOMINATED TO LEAD THE COUNTRY? AS WE UPDATE THIS JANUARY 1, 2016 – THE RACE IS ON!
For your own State legislatures, judicial candidates, dog catcher (?) – fine to educate them too! Captioning is our language! advocate and raise awareness. Thanks!
KEEP EYES HERE FOR NEWEST ARTICLE TO CIRCULATE – COMING SOON – THANKS TO CCAC COLLEAGUE PUBLISHING POPULAR HEARING NEWSLETTER. THE WORLD WANTS ACCESS FOR ELECTIONS, VOTING, CIVIC PARTICIPATION, GOVERNMENT, WE THE PEOPLE!
USE OR EDIT OR WRITE YOUR OWN – HERE ARE TWO MODEL ADVOCACY LETTERS FROM CCAC MEMBERS. PUT US, CCACaptioning@gmail.com on your “cc” line please so we can say thanks to you and help if you want us to echo your good words to your candidate:
We want to share a campaign strategy that we believe will enhance a WIN for the candidates who use it.
It works like this.
At all of your public campaign events during Election 2016 we recommend using live captioning to convert the spoken word into accurate text and display it on a big screen (or two) for all to see – live, real-time, at the event.
Why is this important?
This is best practice in universal design. It will ensure your political messages will reach as many voters as possible. The entire audience that attends on the day will be able to see (and read) your messages and this makes them easier to retain and comprehend.
Furthermore, if it’s an event that is filmed and shared online (i.e. YouTube, etc) then you also have an accurate transcript as a by-product from the event and that’s easily converted into a caption file for voters who missed the event in person.
In addition, we suggest that ALL your campaign videos, on all media (on the Internet also) use quality captioning (not machine). That is easily done in a free YouTube or Vimeo system, or one you prefer.
Remember, voters want to see your message. We would like to help you get started as soon as possible, with more information, provider names, or other questions you may have. Contact us at: email@example.com
The CCAC Team for Captions Capture The Votes
Read more about the CCAC – Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning – official 501(c) non-profit organization, all volunteers, representig 49 million Amerrican citizens with hearing loss and millions more who require quality captioning due to other language or learning needs. http://CCACaptioning.org
A hearty thanks to all volunteers and candidates who heard this message during many months of advocacy leading to November 2014 elections in the USA. International (any country) welcome to collaborate. This Captioning Advocacy Project, everyplace, has a heavy dose of education and raising awareness – some candidates think we all use sign language (95% or more of 50 million in the USA alone who are hard of hearing, deaf or deafened do not use signing). Captioning – the world’s language.
VOTERS – Informed voting is the best way to participate in your country! Your candidates want to hear from you. Your voice counts. Find a time to contact your preferred candidate now. Let us help with emails too – talk to us, CCACaptioning@gmail.com.
Captions Capture the Votes is a non-partisan advocacy project. The candidates to contact are your choices.
SUMMARY FROM 2014 CCAC CAMPAIGN:
HEAR THIS -CAPTIONS CAPTURE VOTERS! Millions of voters pay attention to campaigns that include quality captioning – for all media, and for live public events.
CANDIDATES – tell us you are doing this now – adding Quality CC to your media, all of it, and planning a Live Event with Live Captioning. We’re here to help and tell voters about you if you show us your videos with quality cc, and tell us about your live event with live captioning soon. You’ll also have a good record of the Live Event (a transcript)! Advance planning is important. Do this now.
Machine captions (automatic)) on your videos are not good enough. Free and easy to correct them! If you do, and also have at least one live event with captions for all, we’ll shout about your campaign nationally to thousands. The CCAC YouTube Channel may highlight selected videos also. (Our own CCAC Channel gets more hits than some government channels!).
Get your message out to voters with quality captioning – not only for millions with hearing loss and deafness, but also for so many others with language differences. Captions communicate! Voters need to understand your messages.
CCACaptioning.org – The Place To Be For Captioning Advocacy. Official non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Email today to participate and share information, ideas, and discussions. Email to CCACaptioning@gmail.com
RESOURCES FOR THIS CAMPAIGN AND OTHER CAPTIONING ADVOCACY:
Voters: An added way to advocate is to write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper about why you and many others need quality captioning.
A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN IS HERE: USE IT SOON FOR QUESTIONS, UPDATES FROM YOUR REGION, AND DISCUSSIONS:. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captions-Capture-the-Votes/610967952314071?ref=hl
SEE RESOURCES listed below on this page – general and specific information for voters and candidates – send us best resources to add.
FLYER FOR DISTRIBUTION – TELL US WHERE YOU ARE USING IT PLEASE – IN ALL PLACES IS GREAT – WE JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS – FOR THE PDF, open this link: file:///C:/Users/Lauren/
THERE will also be information and discussion on the public CCAC blog pages, http://ccacblog.wordpress.com/ that invites guest blog posts for election access as well as about captioning topics.
AND if you are a member of the CCAC or join now, more discussion, ideas, and best of all, shared “actions” among members using the CCAC Members’ Forum online – we use a CCAC Google Group.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES —
SAMPLE SHORT MESSAGE TO POST ON CANDIDATES WEBPAGE CONTACT FORM (if you do not see any direct emailing address on the person’s campaign site):
VOTERS: PLEASE COPY US (CC LINE) ON YOUR EMAILS SO WE KNOW YOU ARE HELPING AND WHOM YOU ARE CONTACTING – USE CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM OR CAPTURETHEVOTES@CCACAPTIONING.ORG
TO CC YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEOS: YOUTUBE (Google) introduces new instructions for quality captioning. See this new video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCZ-cxfxzvk&feature=youtu.be. Easy for anyone to use! (There is also new “crowd” captioning in development there. Automatic machine only captioning? Not good enough! Use this feature for shorter videos, upload your transcript for longer videos, and keep eyes open for the “crowd” feature (has pro’s and con’s – discuss in CCAC members’ forum online!)
Here is another model email for your use when you know the Candidate’s email address. You may want to ask at the State Party Committee (for Democrats, for Republicans, for third Party also if you wish). Please edit for your State or in other ways you want to, show it to us via email, and distribute:
SEE NEWER TWO MODEL LETTERS ABOVE FOR 2016 ADVOCACY!
Added resources to find candidates: http://www.politics1.com/ca.htm
RESOURCES FOR CANDIDATES HERE – including “how to” caption videos and more. Volunteers – send to the candidates you contact:
FOR MEDIA, any hearing volunteers in the candidates’ circles can learn to edit and correct the usually poor automatic machine cc on YouTube (or on Vimeo). There are many easy-to-follow tutorials online. See below.
FOR LIVE EVENTS, CCAC has lists of providers state by state. Some states have many companies, others few. Live captioning can also be done “remotely” by a provider in another state if there is good Internet and audio in the venue (auditorium, meeting room, even outdoors at times.)
a. Mention CaptionMatch.com – part of the CCAC and created to help anyone or group find the captioner needed – for any media and also for live real time captioned events.
How to include captioning of any sort (media or live realtime) is usually best done with the selected provider. They are the ones with the technical and equipment experience and the ones to demonstrate and set up captioning for any situation. They will confer with others needed, e.g. an audio-visual person at the venue.
CaptionMatch and CCAC have information about providers for media and also for live realtime captioning (RTC also called CART).
b. Google searches for captioning providers bring up many companies nationally. Not the best way, but it works with time.
c. DCMP lists and NCRA lists are online too. See below.
WHO PAYS? WHAT’S THE COST? HOW WILL I PAY FOR IT? (Most candidates may ask you):
a. Media captioning is free or low cost. It does not require a large budget line.
b. Live events are not as costly as many many think. The rough average cost is estimate of 100 for a one hour presentation, pricing varies across the USA, can be more or less.
c. In general, it’s the venue that pays for live captioning – for access to their building and event. If it’s a public event, and anyone asks for access with captioning, they must find a way to pay for it. At the same time….
d. We encourage all candidates to build access into their budgets from day one, not as an afterthought. Access to information is vital, for all citizens. It’s also the right thing to do.
CAPTIONMATCH (http://CaptionMatch.com) is the resource that will find you the captioning provider you need, for media or live events, if one is available. It’s all part of the CCAC, not-for-profit and managed by volunteers who go the extra steps to locate what you need, a provider or more information related to captioning inclusion.
DCMP – http://www.dcmp.org/ai/10/ probably the best known national resource around, There is a good listing of “vendors” of captioning services, and also, on a different page, a detailed learning page – http://www.dcmp.org/ciy/
CCAC – http://CCACaptioning.org – many informational pages to learn more, find additional information. All invited to join. The more members the better for the mission -inclusion of quality captioning universally. All volunteers. Offiial non profit (501c3).
NCRA has system online (or telephone them) – https://www.ncra.org/ and Toll Free: (800) 272-6272 (NCRA) – they have a listing online, seems hidden so email them.
http://www.stenosearch.com/ another online resource
TUTORIAL for YouTube video captioning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCZ-cxfxzvk&feature=youtu.be.%20 and read: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734796?hl=en