Summary of June/July CCAC CAPs (Captioning Advocacy Projects)

Activity is high in the CCAC memership. We select a few CCAC advocacy discussions and actions to share, from late May, and during June and July. Members confer online in a members’ forum, and also communicate daily on social media, and via e-mail from many. If you are not a member yet, we invite you to join soon, to read about all the other CAPS, share information from diverse resources, and build energies for new captioning advocacy and inclusion. CCAC is a “hub”to report other organizational captioning news.

1. Telecommunications and Internet Captioning

One CCAC consumer member used resources on the updated CCAC website to advocate for captioning of a series or programs online (Hulu). How nice is this? Very nice!  He used the CCAC provider member listing from this page, http://ccacaptioning.org/find-provider/ to offer them suggestions to learn more, and to find a captioning professional.

During June, the CCAC website achieved viewing from all 50 states in the USA. Way to go! The web is viewed internationally too, especially the new film online (see lead article in this issue).

The CCAC video, “DON’T LEAVE ME OUT!” was launched on 13 June 2012, and to repeat, has viewers globally, hoorah. See article in this issue. CCAC needs your continued support!

There were good discussions about cinema eyeglasses with lots of useful feedback.
Members talked about censoring of captions – intended or due to variable standards. The consensus is that verbatim is the goal. We are not more or less able than anyone else, to read, to understand, to think, and to contribute. It’s also understood there are some technical issues and country variations.

June and July advocacy for Internet captioning included many good efforts. For example:

Both of above led into a useful introduction to the first CCAC Facebook event, 13 June for the CCAC film launch. The event attracted hundreds online for several days. For a quick shortcut to main action, go to http://ccacaptioning.org to see the video, in English, and other languages.

For many wanting to learn more, see DIY tools in our newsletters. We also publish this research which lists various systems for captioning online and on site, or go to this page on the CCAC web – http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-research-data/ – to open both documents.

News about Netflix and other legal challenges, cable television charges, new developments online, including CCAC provider member businesses, is regularly shared in the CCAC membership forum online (we use a google group). Join in soon. CCAC membership (still free) is the first step.

NEWS FLASH: CCAC and Raising the Floor have set a date for our first collaborative Online Focus Group about Captioning.  Read the link, and join in.
IT’S A GO FOR AUGUST 6, 12 NOON, REGISTER NOW HERE: http://raisingthefloor.org/content/captioning-focus-group-live-text-event
Limited numbers. If this one is full, tell us you are interested. Goal is to do more of these.

READ ABOUT ALL TEN CATEGORIES OF LIFE ON THE WEBSITE NEWSLETTER.

CCAC PARTNERS WITH CAPTIONCALL(R) HERE!!!

2. Education (Schools, Conferences, Trainings)

CCAC advocates for quality captioning during all conferences. It’s a good thing to do! Don’t wait for a special request, and don’t assume most use sign language (not so). We millions of deaf, deafened, and people with hearing loss, most of us, use captioning, as do many others in any audience for various language or learning reasons.

Members also use the CCAC forum to seek providers during conference planning, e.g., in the Baltimore area recently, also in the D.C. area, and more. CCAC sends information to all members (users and providers), and refers all to the CCAC website for the Provider Listings.

Following on the heels of a post about the HUD conference with captioning, it was announced that PyGotham, a programming conference in New York City on June 8th and 9th, was also providing captioning without prior request. https://pygotham.org  – the organizer of PyGotham is committed to providing open captioning and other accessibility services proactively, and she’s decided to caption every conference whether or not there is an explicit request for it.
Conference Hall of Fame for Captioning: PYGOTHAM.ORG

In July a new member requested how to obtain captioning to be able to finish his education. Members are responding as we prepare this summary.

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Conference with clear captioning (CART), from Coast 2 Coast Captioning

3. Employment

No new reports from June and July. We want to hear from you, CCAC members and others. Are you advocating for access via captioning at work? Do you wish to? Talk to us via e-mail please.

4. Government

The 26 of July is the anniversary of ADA legislation in the USA. Much remains to be done.

5. Healthcare

No new reports during June and July. We want to hear from you, CCAC members and others. Are you advocating for access via captioning at your medical center? Do you wish to? Talk to us via e-mail please.

6. Entertainment

NEWS FLASH! NOVEMBER CINEMA CAPTIONING ADVOCACY CALLED “SHOW US THE CAPTIONS!” – plan to participate, wherever you are in USA or other countries. Find local friends, talk to local cinema, select a date in November, and let’s all celebrate that some cinema have captioning (subtitles)! Keep up to date via CCAC website and CCAC on social media. We are calling for you to begin your local plan now. CCAC has a Flyer and a Tip Sheet for you va email. A national company sponsor would be great, if readers make suggestions and help us seek suppport soon. Any questions? Email ccacaptioning@gmail.com.

Cinema captioning news continues to stimulate vigorous exchange of information and views in CCAC membership. This is truly an international concern also. For one example, it’s noted that one device will not serve all. As said in business, “Build it and they will come.” This does not mean all are served well however. There is a growing number of products, and consumer feedback to all involved is important.

Many watch TV and a CCAC member in Greece is happy to report this news: first cc for Television in Greece! It’s a start. As we aim for standards and inclusion universally, we applaud this achievement. It’s a cooking show, and recall that the French Chef (Julia Child) was the first in the USA.

7. Sports

Kansas City team shows captioning on scoreboard. Great!

Lots of news from London re Olympics and accessible or not public events! Captioning those big public screens is one area of distress.

8. Community (Clubs, Religious, Museum, Library and related)

Kudos to Kathy in Salt Lake City, and her colleagues and groups there also, for this educational and advocacy success – two brochures concerning access for families at a challenging and difficult time:

A Guide for Funeral Homes http://deafservices.utah.gov/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Funer…
Guide for People who want Funeral Accessibility http://deafservices.utah.gov/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Funer…

Active discussion and action regarding FCC call for comments on exemption requests, e.g. churches, and others. Thanks to all CCAC members involved, e.g. for sharing information, creating a shared google document for review and editing by all, and sending letters with, e.g. information for all mentioning costs about free captioning software to use.

9. Transportation

New interest in July for renewed advocacy concerning Air travel – to have television and movies captioned on flights. If you have information, send it to us soon please.

10. Courts, Justice

July report of Jury duty with CART. This is a valuable report, with others asking many good questions on how to obtain it.

CCAC and Other Matters

Technologies for Captioning

From a CCAC Provider Member “For the record, CART providers are certified starting at 180 WPM, but most professionals believe this is far too slow a speed for a competent provider. Instead, 220 WPM with 99.9% accuracy (or one error/omission every four pages) is a good baseline.”

There is general understanding that there are several captioning systems in use today – on-site, in the media, on the Internet – that provide real-time speech-to-text. CCAC welcomes consumers and providers of all methods of captioning into the CCAC as members.

CART (STTR) is described above, is often compared to two conventional other methods in the USA (C-Print and Typewell). Today, there are also many using “voice writing” or “re-speaking” – similar to the Captel telephone in the USA – which is a combination of a trained provider using a voice recognition system of high quality and software to create real time captioning.

While some chose one or the other method, for different good reasons, there is also a need for clarification and discussion, e.g., ensuring that consumers (users, students and others) understand the different choices, and can select equal access as needed  As usual, there are significant individual differences among consumers, and among providers also, who provide the same service. In June, CCAC offered information to two parallel discussions exploring whether a “symbol” is needed for STTR/CART, and if re-speaking (financially less demanding, and using less extensive training) is similar enough to STTR/CART, or something different.

CCAC is Now an Official Non-profit Organization

We seek advice and volunteer energies for fundraising. All donations are now tax-deductible as charitable contributions in the US. Please offer some time if you are a CCAC member or not. E-mail us soon.

Tracking Progress of CCAC CAPs

In July, a CCAC member created a Trello site to do this. We invite all members to view and use it soon.


Readers all – be sure to read the side bar information in this issue also, to find our web with many articles there, to find us on the social media, and much more. “Share the love” of captioning, as a CCAC member expressed this in July – so true!

Read more: http://ccacaptioning.org/issue-4-may-june-2012/april-2012-summary-ccac-captioning-advocacy-projects-activities/