CCAC is a working membership community, along with thousands more friends and followers on social media (October 2013: CCAC membership passes 800). Arms open to cooperation and collaboration with all other groups interested in access for all, especially those who support captioning inclusion in all places
Click on this link to join (become a member). All members are invited to participate also in the open CCAC working community online – our virtual meeting place 24/7 (a members’ only google group) where captioning advocacy happens every day!
CCAC’s newest advocacy project, along with every day captioning advocacy, is the service called CaptionMatch. Users, providers, hearing organizasions also of course (for conferences, meetings, webinars, public events and more) are invited to read the CaptionMatch website to learn more: http://captionmatch.com. Managed by volunteers, CaptionMatch extends CCAC education, raising awareness, and and advocacy for more rapid growth of captioning inclusion in all places needed. . CaptionMatch is a clearinghouse to find a provider, not a captioning company.
CCAC members come from many different backgrounds, including the founder (see below). Some are deaf, deafened, or have a hearing loss or different hearing needs. Others are captioning providers, working for companies, non-profits, agencies, or related enterprises. Still others are people who know the value of captioning inclusion for languages, literacy, and many other applications in the modern world. Hearing or not, families, neighbors and co-workers all invited to join the CCAC. Others involved are educators, disability and technology folks, people who support captioning for other learning and cognitive differences, and many others.
Most members also belong to and support one or more long-established organizations in disabilities, hearing loss and deafness, or technology focused groups. Within CCAC membership itself, all are volunteers for CCAC citizen-inspired captioning advocacy projects (CAPS). We are the newest and most engaging consumer advocacy network! Our meetings (virtual online and in -person) are open to all.
The CCAC community shares information, ideas and especially actions, all for new and ongoing captioning advocacy. Advocacy is often a multi-step activity, with a lot of communications, education efforts, and persistence. The CCAC mission is to achieve inclusion of quality captioning universally. It’s needed in so many places!
Captioning advocacy is developed and implemented via discussions and actions in the CCAC members’ forum online, on the blog, in the newsletter, and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as other campaigns (please see the film and let us know if you want to use it). CCAC aims to have more face-to-face “meet-ups” also in coming months. CCAC welcomes new members and energies regularly.
The founder and executive leader is a deafened adult who saw the need (late 2009) for a new community to build bridges and energies for more vigorous captioning advocacy. The CCAC community was started informally online and grew so rapidly with interest across the USA and internationally so that the official non-profit organization began to take shape in June 2012. It has already gained influence and accomplished much. Members are passionate about the need for much more inclusion of quality captioning where none exists now. The founder’s family has donated time and funds to the project, and donations are welcome from all members and interested others. The founder’s professional and volunteer experiences with other non-profits inform all activities and development of the CCAC. New funding sources and energies are invited to sustain this unique consumer advocacy large group.
CCAC membership is dedicated to advocacy – it does not matter to the advocate who does the job of captioning inclusion, as long as it’s done, and done with quality.
Lauren E. Storck, Ph.D. – Advocate for Accessibility Equality, Founder and President of the CCAC, an official non-profit organization.
P.S. Many thanks to several volunteers who have worked with the founder since day one of the CCAC. Consumers and providers alike are most often “VBP” – very busy people! They are active at work, in other groups, as volunteers and for families. Several also donate time to the CCAC for the website, for good CAPS, and more. They know who they are, past and present, and we thank them all. Volunteer groups face change and burn-out as many know – we welcome new members regularly!