CCAC member says, “The CCAC web, blog, and members’ forum inspired us to try to get CART for (our community) and the CCAC film helped make it possible! We showed the film to our Board of Directors to raise support and funds. Thank you CCAC!” (March 2013)
CAPTIONING ADVOCACY NEWS IN THE CCAC:
HOT OFF THE PRESS: TWO NEW FLYERS FOR THE CCAC AND FOR CAPTIONMATCH. For your conferences, meetings, presentations and more. Go to this page to copy and distribute http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-flyer/ or email email@example.com for images or the pdf. versions. Thanks!
READ THE RESOURCES PAGES ON THIS WEBSITE. FOR ONE EXAMPLE, CCAC MEMBERS ARE AIMING TO REVIVE ADVOCACY FOR AIR TRAVEL ACCESS WITH CAPTIONING. (See http://www.flyfriendlyskies.com/pdf-docs/2010_AAPR_Letter_DOT-Captioning-Subtitles__03-23-10.pdf for earlier advocacy related to this, and CCAC support for recent Senate Bill 556, as below).
April 2013: Did you hear about the CCAC member who advocated and achieved captions for this viral video? Thanks for inclusion! See http://realbeautysketches.dove.us/
TWO VERY IMPORTANT ACTION ALERTS: USA Senate Bills Asking for Your Support: (1) Time is now to support new Senate Bill 555 for Cinema Captioning Advocacy. Send your letter: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/113-s555/show – Let’s have letters from CCAC members in up to 50 great States across the USA, and (2) Local and international input invited for Senate Bill 556 for Air Travel Access with captioning. Many letters of support please! http://www.opencongress.org/bill/113-s556/show – do it now! These are two separate bills.
INTERNET ACCESS – CCAC members regularly contact news media re captioning for their videos online. MSNBC/NBC was the first broadcaster online to show us captioning (as far as we know). CNN and Fox are reported to include captioning now (April 2013). Below are more details and updates. As one CCAC member says, “the tide is turning.” We hope so! Not a sea of access, yet perhaps a few rolling rivers to include us. Captioning is our language.
April 2013 – Good progress in Greece for television captioning and some on the Internet also. Introduction of TV captioning is a major step forward for the region and congratulations to CCAC members and others there.
April 2013 – CCAC member advocated to MLB.TV and informs us that it now has captioning online! Batter up, it’s the season!
March 2013- CCAC contacts Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to advocate for captioning on all news videos online. Want to help? Join the CCAC now (free membership) to see letter and create your own also as soon as you can, important!
NYTimes: firstname.lastname@example.org — CCAC has contacted the NYTimes in various ways, being told that they have no plans to caption their videos online! We encourage everyone to contact the editors with the email above, or any other “help” form on their site. NYTimes has no plans for equal access? Not right.)
CNN now has some cc online! See http://edition.cnn.com/?refresh=1 for an example today (4/4/13), find small “cc” lower right, click on English. Any updates to share anyone about “live” videos (from TV) on Internet at same time with cc also?
FOX news may have cc also – update anyone?.
PBS – May 9, 2013 – Renewed advocacy to PBS by CCAC members. PBS not captioning certain programs since “not required to by the law.” Does PBS get federal funding? Does it need to caption everything? We enjoy PBS programs, like none others, yet they do not appear to be creating access for all in due speed, even if it’s tangential to the letter of the ADA and newer CVAA. Comments? Communicate with the CCAC anytime – email email@example.com
Another PBS positive report: CCAC member reported gaps with captioning on PBS online (news or entertainment, not sure?) and got good reply. Problem solved! Do all the news videos from PBS online have good subtitles? PBS includes cc for television entertainments moved to the Internet (as per new law) – what about news? Info needed.
Re PBS - CCAC member on the ball to advocate, see this model letter and be inspired: …I am a deaf consumer who uses closed captions, both online and offline. I heard WETA HD was going to broadcast “Finding Kalman” today, 4/7/2013, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, but as I do not have cable, I decided to see this evening if it was available online. To my dismay, when I located it (http://watch.thirteen.org/
Update for above – again, not “required” by the law was PBS reply.
April 2013: BBC News Online is contacted by CCAC members. CCAC member in the UK requests captioning advocacy, and it fits into general CCAC advocacy for Internet access via quality captioning. The sample video selected for advocacy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Send CCAC a contact name, email address, and the message you are sending them about importance of captioning – for any other major broadcasters online if you care about captioning inclusion and equal rights, in all countries.
CCAC surprised to learn an April 2013 webinar from ACM (computers) not to be live captioned. CCAC advocated today! (3/15/13)
CCAC Members Send Letter of Support for Captioning Support in Ireland – CCAC is international. Collaborations make sense.
CCAC Member Success: Better Homes and Gardens Online Videos now have captioning.
CCAC Member Success: National Gallery in London changed name of “Deaf Events” page to “Deaf and Hearing Loss” and will include news about live speech-to-text events also (looks like they changed it again to “hard of hearing” instead of “hearing loss,” not our preference, yet at least inclusive now!
CCAC Member continues active advocacy to NASA to include access with captioning – join the CCAC now to offer your ideas.
CCAC Member speaking to Conference in WA State re inclusion of CART.
CaptionMatch.com, a service of the CCAC, is speaking with member about captioning important international video online.
CaptionMatch successful with CCAC member and provider in obtaining CART for international conference.
CCAC Comments to FCC about IP Caption Telephones, see http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7022123769
CCAC is active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to raise awareness, distribute information, and invite new members to join the CCAC organization. That is all part of advoacy we do also. These informal and “social” discussions offer us ideas too. Note that on Facebook, CCAC has three pages now. The most active is the purely social CCACaptioning. Second one is the CCAC organization page. Newest page is for CaptionMatch, a service of the CCAC.
CCAC membership is where captioning advocacy “action” accomplishes things best! It’s not only social, it’s action in the membership community.
Advocacy aims to create growing global awareness that captioning is a language that is vital and required by millions for all the reasons listed below, and for participation by all in all societies.
March 2013: CCAC Survey and Research Report is ready for distribution. See tab along top of page, and find a published article, worth reading, here: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingviews/2013/the-proven-benefits-of-real-time-captioning-should-be-available-to-all/
CCAC COMMENTS TO FCC RE IP CAPTION CALLING, http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7022123769
MODEL ADVOCACY LETTER HERE: If you use it with mention of the CCAC, permission please to use our logo and signature! See model and offer your own for distribution among CCAC members. Many contact the CCAC regularly for guidance and assistance! See the CCAC blog also, e.g. review comments here http://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/do-you-ask-for-captioning-or-cart-of-course/.
Dear Mr. or Ms. or ABC, e.g. Organization Leader, Company Officer, or Foundation,
I am writing to you as someone who confronts communication barriers daily, and also on behalf of (if you have requested CCAC permission to say this…) The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC), to register our strong support for the inclusion of quality captioning for (your event here).
(If you prefer to do this without mention of the CCAC, totally fine also! Of course you will use your own greeting or letterhead, and re-phrase it for yourself. Keep in mind that even if you advocate as an individual and for yourself alone, you are helping many others at the same time, directly or indirectly. Group support, from your local group or from the CCAC, is often beneficial also).
As stated in CCAC’s mission statement (see http://ccacaptioning.org): “MILLIONS globally need captions and subtitles every day!” Undoubtedly, the greatest need for captioning is for those who are deaf, deafened, and have hearing loss, since seeing speech is our way of understanding and participating in the world. However, the benefit of providing quality captioning doesn’t end there. Captioning benefits those in need of translation, it strengthens reading and language skills, and provides a base for online search and transcripts.
We believe it is important for most everyday meetings and gatherings open to the public – real time captioning, done “on site” during the meeting, or provided “remotely” using a connection to the provider via the Internet. Captioning on all Internet media is equally vital now and it makes sense in the long run.
We encourage you to set a standard of equal access for others in our communities to follow.
I learned about your events from abc………and became interested immediately. I am eager to participate and see what I may be able to contribute in the future. (Add anything else about yourself that makes the meeting or event important for you. Tell a good story.)
In case of interest, we find that some people think that all of us with hearing loss and deafness use sign language, when in reality, only a small percentage do (often those who are born deaf or those working in deaf services). Among about 50 million Americans now (use your own country numbers here), roughly 95% do not use sign language and benefit from captioning inclusion. Deaf citizens who are fluent in English also use captioning to advantage in many situations.
(If this is a request for video or media captioning on the Internet, add, e.g.)
There are so many valuable videos on the Internet today, with new ones offered for public viewing every day. At the same time, quality captioning is needed. We are the public too.
If only automatic captioning (cc) is selected, the machine system is just not good enough yet. You can find some amusing (or frightening) examples on YouTube now for example (e.g. where “deaf” is shown as “death.”).
A “value” and “economic” investment to use quality captioning, from a qualified provider of your choice, will be well worth it in the long term. Captioning can be translated into many languages, and also boost your online audiences (search engines find you much more readily).
Your investment will also work to remove the barriers of an increasingly complex and competitive world, allowing those who cannot communicate in traditional ways to participate, contribute and compete on the same level as everyone else. Quality captioning enables millions to remain independent and vital in a world that too easily justifies excluding them by placing more value on the monetary aspect of what a thing costs, rather than on what providing it accomplishes.
Seen in this light, we believe quality captioning is a bargain, and as a person who has lived with hearing loss and deafness for decades, I consider accessibility through captioning to be priceless, as do the millions of others with hearing loss who are excluded from participating when captioning isn’t provided.
I look forward to your replies and consideration of this request. It’s not only for myself, but also for others who are most interested in equal access for all citizens.
(If you want to include CCAC support, with prior permission only)
Lauren E. Storck
President of the CCAC, http://CCACaptioning.org and CaptionMatch.com
CCAC educates and advocates for “The Power of Captioning” and works as a community. Energies and advocacy arise from good leadership and equally from all members of the CCAC organization, and spreads out to connected networks. Share your news about captioning with the CCAC, an excellent hub to inform others and stimulate needed new captioning advocacy actions.
Why do we need quality captioning universally? For vital needs of mega-millions of citizens who are…
*Learning to read – text in class, television, online (and literacy beyond reading)
*Learning new languge
*Need immediate transcript – no need for notetakers or flawless memory
*Employed and working with different accents, poor acoustics, noisy backgrounds – to boost productivity
*Managing good lives with different learning and listening styles
*Doing business to reach wider markets – Search Engine Optimization
*Using captioning in situations rather than loud volume so as not to disturb others
*Navigating life with different hearing or no hearing (46 million in USA alone, one in five globally) to contribute skills and abilities
Earlier CCAC Advocacy: Selected Examples Only
1. Advocacy for Internet Captioning started in the CCAC from early days in late 2009 when the CCAC was started. .
2. CCAC member advocacy with successful inclusion of captions for commercials (advertisements) on television from GEICO, major company.
2a. CCAC member and friend instrumental for access via of quality Captioning for internet advertising! See http://www.bravehearts.com/ and say kudos to all involved. This is a first as far as we know. (First videos on this KEDS campaign had good cc. Not able to find cc on newer videos. Input invited).
3. New discussions and advocacy concerning access for Air Travel – see Transportation article on this site under Resources tab. Open main page, go down to Transportation, and then Air Travel. Send us additional information. One good report online here: http://synergy-emusic.com/ada.airports.html http://synergy-emusic.com/ada.airports.html - Be sure to see action alerts on top of this page!
4. Query about captioning (CART) for braille solicits quick international information and study in progress. Join and support the CCAC organization to participate in ongoing advocacy via the members’ forum online. Membership form is found on this website.
5. CCAC Blog nominated for award for best blog about hearing loss and access.
6. CCAC new article on Why People Do Not Ask For Captioning to be published in the Hearing Journal in March 2013. Update, see http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/blog/breakingnews/pages/post.aspx?PostID=14 and please distribute widely. Inquiries welcome.
7. CCAC invited to speak at national conference.
8. CCAC speaking with colleagues about Cinema Access internationally – offering information and fostering new connections.
9. Informal CCAC meet-ups in person planned for February and March in Europe. All welcome to email with interest. (e.g. London,UK and Ireland are potential meet ups).
10 New from November 2012 – help us get this growing and known globally please – CCAC founder created and launched CaptionMatch.com to facilitate the goals of the CCAC for inclusion of captioning universally. CaptionMatch aims to make it easier for anyone to ask for captioning at any time, and offers providers another place to offer services. CaptionMatch is not a captioning company. It’s a clearinghouse. Please go to the website now to read more — >> http://captionmatch.com. Register, then ask for any sort of captioning (or CART/STTR) soon or for timely advance planning during any month of the year. It is also international. See the site for some good examples. Using CaptionMatch supports CCAC volunteer advocacy activities.
11. Interest in “academic” programs for captioning – what’s happening in the USA? Training and education of many more captioners and CART providers needed globally!
In Italy, there are 3 programs; 1 in London (Imperial College, see http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/humanities/translationgroup) and all emphasizing language and translation, along with audio-visual, media, and some captioning (subtitling) course work as well.
http://info.metav.unipr.it/ is one of the 3 in Italy; others are http://www.ssit.unibo.
more in the UK found online: Post Graduate course in Audio Visual Translation at University of Roehampton (UK) http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/
There is also: http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/
and (expired course, might be renewed?) http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/
In Canada, a non-degree program has been mentioned to us, see http://www.verbatimstudies.
12. March 2013 - Two new captioning advocacy projects, one for theater captioning and one for captioning for videos in education, both international. Updates to be discussed in CCAC members’ forum online.
EARLIER AND CONTINUING CCAC CAPTIONING ADVOCACY PROJECTS:
News: CCAC pleased to be listed now in the NIDCD – Directory of Organizations: www.nidcd.nih.gov/directory/detailed.asp?id=222
1. A recent CCAC survey indicates highest interest in more advocacy for captioning all media online – videos, live presentations, radio. CCAC calls this broad category of life Internet/Telecommunications. Why is this a major need? CCAC believes it’s because so many of us go to the Internet every day! Every voice counts!
When the new USA legislation (CVAA) was created, many knew (years ago) that there were major gaps for Internet access for millions who need captioning and need it now. Today, while the law is still rolling out, louder voices join in aiming to raise awareness and advocate for full Internet captioning.
If we remain energetic, and find new ways to work together, in the CCAC for captioning advocacy, the sole focus, and with all groups who speak rationally about inclusion of all. For some background, read on COAT here - http://coataccess.org/node/9776 - where the movement all began with cheers to all group members of COAT, including CCAC.
New document about CVAA and implementation of captioning online here from 9 November 2012: http://ncam.wgbh.org/about/
Re Internent thngs in the UK – member of CCAC offers this information for “streaming on demand” (Internet): access services for video on demand in the UK via the ATVOD website here:http://www.atvod.co.uk/
CCAC invites information from other countries regarding Internet captioning as it develops (and hopefully is “universal” sooner rather than later).
TALK to the CCAC soon. Member or not, share your advocacy in the CCAC, a hub of information and captioning advocacy activities. It’s worth the time. Send us your news, re-tweet and share ours and we’ll do the same.
A. CCAC Government Video Online Captioning Advocacy Project
All government videos online must have quality captioning. Join CCAC members now working on this new project. See, for examples, DoE and several others. Email with your interest and questions, or join CCAC now (free membership).
HOT NEWS: CCAC Advocacy Success: Video captioned. More to do, and they will. Thanks from CCAC!
B. CCAC Newspaper Video Captioning Advocacy Project – new updates above!
C. Facebook Videos – 22 November 2012 – New CCAC CAP starting out of Asia-Pacific Region, due to lack of cc on Consulate video on Facebook. This video is not on YouTube, and seems a “Facebook” video – also seems there is no cc feature. Not only this one, yet all on the site (from governments/consulates, etc.) asked to include communication access via quality captioning ASAP.
2. “Show Us The Captions!” A November 2012 cinema captioning campaign nationally and internationally (December welcome too). Please start your local planning now! Go to the link above to get started and see listing of locations. Email us. Thanks to ALDA-Chicago for initiating the campaign with the CCAC, and others joining and collaborating! (e.g. HLAA groups). Goals include promoting captioning to moviegoers who don’t know their theater has it; demonstrating real needs for access with captioning to theater owners; raising awareness about inclusion and accessibility issues for general public; and saying thanks to participating. Everyone invited. Plan now!
3. How to Advocate? Best ways to advocate are frequently in discussion among CCAC membership. Learning and sharing approaches, letters, and frustrations good to do! Share your own hints and styles if you join the CCAC or using our public blog. It does make a difference the way requests are made, along with continuing communications.
TWO LINKS FOR SPECIAL FCC COMPLAINT FORMS REGARDING CVAA, THE NEW LAW FOR INTERNET CAPTIONING FROM TELEVISION:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ljhfpSwFHhZ27ntA5bnwD3ijGT7bQJyaxsHc5GTUn3o/edit - also posted on the author’s site, with thanks to CCAC member Mike Chapman, here - http://ncmacasl.blogspot.fr/2012/10/instructions-on-filling-out-cvaa-fcc.html
4. CCAC now an official non-profit organization and inviting energies for fundraising, new projects. CCAC advocates! We need you! There was so much interest and good activity in the CCAC community, growing so quickly, and accomplishing inclusion via captioning (real time in many instances) that CCAC took the plunge into offical status. Join and contribute please. It’s all for you, we millions, and future generations. Don’t be left out.
5. VUDU device lacks caption feature. Small team investigating now.
6. Ongoing: Online Focus Groups on Captioning Concerns. Working with Raising the Floor and with a schedule of CCAC meet-ups online, we share ideas and action plans for captioning advocacy of smaller local or larger dimensions.
7. Ongoing: Irish Deaf Archives Video Captioning Project. Volunteers in CCAC membership caption videos produced by CCAC member. Thanks to all!
8. Local Planetarium needs captioning. CCAC member in state working on it, using information from membership forum online.
9. International Media Campaign – CCAC Film: June 2012 CCAC premiered the film,“Don’t Leave Me Out!” The film is universal and effective. Real people speaking about many real needs for inclusion via captioning. It raises awareness and promotes advocacy for inclusion. Shown at conferences in USA, Norway, UK, and Italy. Your location? Let us know if you use it for any event, class, website, meeting, or more. We are sometimes available in person to show the film for your discussion circle, conference, advocacy, or fundraising. E-mail CCACaptioning@gmail.com. An article to use with the film is http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2012/06/13/dont-leave-us-out/. Click here to watch the video in English and several other languages. Find it also on the CCAC YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CCACORG?feature=guide
10. And hot off the press, November 2012, for access in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, see this accomplishment creating access for many. Bravo to Angela and Lois, two active CCAC members and advocates (consumer and provider) in that region, along with all helping, collaborating, and drawing inspiration from the CCAC. See this poster:
All of the CCAC CAPS above are samples of the sorts of captioning education and advocacy that CCAC members do every day. The CCAC is a “hub” for sharing captioning information, news, and new advocacy. Need CART/STTR? Need captioning in school or at work? Not done it before? Need some guidance on how to ask for it, find it? Talk to the CCAC.
TYPICAL TRUE STORY: CAPTIONING FOR HEARING, HEARING LOSS, DEAF, ALL OF US WHO READ: (from CCAC member in the UK):
Just to add on what Lauren has written above…I am deaf/hard of hearing, bilateral hearing aid wearer and lip reader since childhood illness caused my loss of hearing – I am also Health Professional and having at last discovered this service of Verbatim Steno (Palantype) such as described by Lauren (CART or in UK referred to as STTR (speech to text relay/reporting) it has made a world of difference I can honestly say at last i fully engage with all the meetings I use it for – | use remote service if short meetings and at forums and events that are half day or whole day I have the providers present.
I strongly advocate for this service to be an option for all people who want to have a choice of preferred communication.
An example where hearing people also found it useful was an event recently where I asked for the service for a few I knew in audience would be hard of hearing but would not ask for whatever reason they choose not let anyone know they are deaf/HoH and the benefit of the live verbatim captions (of 200 words a unite which is amazing) on very large plasma screen, at the end of evaluating event people had said ‘thank you’ once they got past the ‘distraction’ they actually found they were using the or referring to the captions often because they couldn’t hear speakers who mumbles spoke to fast or had strong accents and when people were calling out questions from the floor, so hearing people gave it a thumbs up!
I think this is evidence enough to go with not only my experience but also my belief it is a service that benefits all at any large event. And the big praise I give to the amazing palantypist that have he ability not only to hear what many of us cannot so they are transcribing so fast with such concentration many of us couldn’t not match. Thank you to all the great Verbatim palantypist/stenographers out there we need more! There are several services here in UK…. (and in the USA, and in more countries now globally).
Please consider finding a captioner of any sort using http://captionmatch.com to support the CCAC, an official non-profit organization.