A Summary of CCAC Objectives

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The Collaborative for Communication Access Via Captioning Invites You to Join

ADVOCACY FOR QUALITY CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY is the CCAC mission. We invite you to join us in one of the most significant and meaningful new grass-roots advocacy communities in the world. If you support the CCAC mission, hearing or not, deaf or not, individuals and groups, come on board. The CCAC is doing great advocacy on many levels every day. Access to information in all the places we need it is vital. Captioning inclusion for mega-millions of people is a human rights issue.  We have more to do together!

Captioning speaks to us all – it’s our language, and it is missing in too many places. Many of us cannot comprehend speech well in group situations, even with other resources and technologies. We require quality captioning/subtitles in many places, and the CCAC outlines ten places called CCAC categories of life — from education, employment, and entertainment to government, healthcare, transportation, and more. Moreover, captioning benefits many others for more good reasons – for language learning, literacy, translations and search online, and also for different listening and learning styles. The CCAC is not another deaf, deafened, or hearing loss group: we are a consumer captioning advocacy non-profit organization, all volunteers, users and providers together.

In the autumn of 2009, it was decided that a new focused captioning advocacy project was needed. It started first in the USA and quickly attracted international members. It is an international advocacy community to raise awareness, educate and advocate on many levels for inclusion of quality captioning where none exists now. The CCAC builds bridges among all individuals and groups for captioning advocacy.

The CCAC is all volunteers, no paid staff and no rent to keep our expenses low. Advocacy costs money however, and we invite donations. CCAC ia a unique and wonderful “working community” online, and has also had four in-person CCAC “meet-ups” since early days (California, New York, London (UK), and Seattle). From 2009 with seven colleagues, the CCAC has expanded to over 800 members in 2014, and thousands more on active social networks. The CCAC film, “Don’t Leave Me Out!” is a major advocacy accomplishment, and plays globally at conferences and on the Internet, subtitled in several languages. Other advocacy campaigns, projects, and accomplishments are outlined on the CCAC website.

CCAC membership has a nice balance of “consumers” and “providers” – all working together to encourage and create new captioning inclusion projects, as well as many interested others from education, technology, disability, and accessibility fields. Consumers are all who use captioning,  all the time, or sometimes, or support the mission due to an understanding of disabilities, technologies, accessibility issues, and more.

All sorts of captioning advocacy projects, from a small local one, to a regional or national project, and collaborations internationally too, are encouraged.

Sharing questions and knowledge in the CCAC group is very effective. In year one of the CCAC, captioning inclusion achievements included CART for Court, requests for CART for professional conferences, captioning reminders for Internet videos, captioning advocacy for live theater and museum videos, and much more. Year two continued expansion of the same. In year three (2012), the Captioning Advocacy Projects (CAPs) were so numerous that the summaries in the newsletters are informative (on the CCAC website now). Year four, 2013, was very active, and 2014 promises to be exciting for captioning advocacy and progress on the mission!

While many established organizations advocate for captioning (and CART, real time captioning or “speech-to-text”, with various names in different countries), those organizations have wider agendas (they advocate for many other resources also ) or wider constituencies (they advocate for people with many different disabilities). The CCAC focuses on one single theme, inclusion of quality captioning universally. Collaboration is invited!

Consumers  “drive” progress by asking for captioning, sometimes facing many “no’s” and often a long process that requires persistence and a “do not give up” attitude. The CCAC provides encouragement, support online, mentoring, and valuable information and exchange. Much of it is publicly available, freely, online or via emails. Membership allows participation in the CCAC community online where more is shared, in discussions, and action is created.

Building bridges in the CCAC – “the place to be for captioning advocacy” – we invite other groups to work with us,  share their own news, advocacy experiences and advocacy questions.

The CCAC has helped members with “CCAC Action Requests,” not only for specific information, but also with “letters of support” when any member is seeking real time speech to text. The newest program is free CART sponsored by the CCAC for selected other non-profits. See the application on the CCAC website.

In most countries, real time captioning is thought to be “expensive” and we aim to find ways to demonstrate how important it is. Captioning is our “ramp” for  equal communication access, similar to wheelchair ramps which are generally accepted and provided in many countries in the modern world.

There is much more information about the CCAC on the website, including the membership form, research articles, and models for your own campaigns. We welcome your interest and support. The web address is http://ccacaptioning.org, and e-mail is ccacaptioning@gmail.com.

CaptionMatch is also a newer form of CCAC education and advocacy – a service with the goal of making it easier for anyone, anyplace, to ask for captioning needed and find a provider. See http://captionmatch.com for more information, to register as a consumer, an organization, or provider, and expand communication access for yourself and others.