Does Inclusion Cost Too Much? Does Quality Captioning?

September 14, 2014 § 7 Comments


We saw again the other day that someone says,  “Quality captioning costs too much.”

Who says?

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Well, not only “some of our best friends” – smile please – but also some captioning advocates themselves.  We all know it costs, yet we implore advocates not to say that “it costs too much.”

Consider the following – what do you all think?

A. Of course it’s for-profit companies, no matter their size nor large incomes, that may be the loudest and most vocal voices saying that we cost too much.

B. Take the case of a news broadcasting company. They either assume it’s going to cost too much, or they have neglected to ask for competitive bids, or they choose to ignore it as much as possible and as long as possible, and they don’t build quality captioning into a budget line from day one. It’s past-time for all media to do this.  Budget lines? You can be sure there are many (executive salaries, creative writers, advertising, and much more all costing more than captioning).

C. Do they think people with “disabilities” don’t count – enough?  Perhaps they think we’re not educated enough? Don’t earn enough? Don’t contribute to society enough? Will not want to watch their products online?

D. For our focus, quality captioning – of course it’s not only for people with hearing loss or deafness or other conditions that require captioning. Quality captioning has so many other uses (see other blog posts please, e.g. for literacy and learning for hearing people, to communicate in a way that people with different first languages can follow and learn from too, etc.).

Our reply:

A. What does it cost to exclude us? A whole lot more than many realize.

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B. The hidden costs of losing us as part of the audience, and the huge costs of ignoring our many skills and capabilities for our larger societies (dimmed without full equal access) are large. They are not easy to quantify, yet you can be sure they are huge. As the world population looks for more and more ways to sustain healthy living, to boost employment and education, and to hopefully find new ideas to keep humanity thriving, it pays to be inclusive. It enriches the company that finds ways to pay whatever it cost.

C. At the same time, there are new systems developed to make it easier and less costly for all, including for large media companies that want to offer us (and sell to us) more and more things online. The quality of new systems is sometimes good-enough for access in some situations, and yet none yet reaches the quality and flexibility offered by professionals with training, experience, and excellent human skills.

Like all important things in life – time will teach us all more. Meanwhile, it’s choices, always choices!

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We hope more companies make the right choices for inclusion. If they do not, they will learn eventually, over time, that everyone ages (if they are lucky) and that our needs are not so special after all  – it will happen to them and their families – and then they will understand and find ways to fund equal access.

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Keep in mind that YouTube and other online media also offer free tutorials online to add free quality captioning to your own media online. Check that out too.


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September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment


CCAC advocacy projects raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the CCAC Mission —  “Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.” Current major CCAC advocacy projects are the following:

CCAC Sponsorship of free CART; Captions Capture the Votes (elections with quality captioning); CCAC film “Don’t Leave Me Out!“; CCAC Letters of Support for selected captioning issues; CCAC comments to DOJ and FCC concerning captioning matters; New articles (respond to requests and new topics on captioning advocacy); CaptionMatch educates others and assists anyone and any organization to find the captioning provider they need and deserve; plus many smaller individual advocacy actions summarized on the CCAC webpages. 

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR CCAC COMMITTEES: CCAC has one committee currently with five people for the CCAC Free CART Sponsorship Program. We review applications and award the grant (or not). There is room for two more people to help publicize this more widely.

These new committees are suggested – volunteers on any committee would do some or all of the following – open to suggestions and revisions with you: 

  • Membership and Outreach – invite new members; plan CCAC online meetings; take CCAC materials to other conferences.

  • Communications – monitor the forum; talk to organizational friends and other groups;contribute to the CCAC blog and CCAC Facebook and Twitter.

  • Fundraising, Grant-writing, and Finance.

  • Captions Capture the Votes campaigns – for 2014 elections and continuing until November 2016

  • CAPs Brainstorming – general discussion of new potential CAPs

The CCAC has potential access to some new funds. If we can get these committees set up, then we will be more comfortable using funds for various new and good things, for you, with you, and including you.


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September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

We are very happy to announce that the League of Women Voters in Ohio (LWV) is including live captioning for the first time this year, for a candidates’ event in Cincinnati this month –  as a result of the CCAC captioning advocacy campaign this election year.
September 22, in Cincinnati – tell all your friends in the area.
As far as we know, this will also be the first event, anyplace in the USA, that will have live captioning for an election event. (2nd one will be in Arizona later this month.  If there are others, we don’t know about them yet. Let us know.
First step of captioning advocacy here (after all the communications distributed about the campaign for months) was in inquiry from them with several good emails. Education about what was needed there with three people was fairly easy due to genuine interest, and someone who understands that many voters have trouble hearing in some large rooms.
We helped them find a professional to do on-site CART (via CaptionMatch outreach).;
And it’s especially gratifying that a new group, outside of “deaf/hoh” agencies is trying this, and a group that is non-partisan, and aims to educate for all elections around the USA with information voters need for all candidates. We hope to see this expand to other states.
Their flyer is attached. Tell your circles with pride that your membership in the CCAC is worthwhile because the CCAC does some creative work in new ways, is open to communications with many others, and gains ideas and energies from being an official non-profit organization with one focus, captioning advocacy for access and inclusion. Thanks everyone. (Not a member yet? Please join from our CCAC website,

Words, Words, Words

September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment


A CCAC member who gets around – great writing here. Life is theater some say – life needs quality captioning! has more.

Originally posted on MostlyFilm:

Lissy Lovett kicks off her week of editing Mostly Film with a post about her day job, theatre captioning.


Post-show discussion following a performance of Yellowman at Hampstead

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Captions Capture the Votes! Arizona first in USA to Announce Live Captions for Voter Event

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Let’s show our VOTING power!! Communication accommodations will be provided, so come out and see/hear from the candidates. Be sure to RSVP Online



If you use Facebook, see it here also:

And read and learn more – easy to do here:

CCAC SAYS – STAY TUNED FOR NEWS FROM OHIO…and your state? Keep us posted here or by email. to


Text Streaming Is Not Live Captioning

September 3, 2014 Comments Off


Below is a screen shot of a live important meeting today – online also – and it’s all about global access. Note there is no quality captioning for online participants. Looks like good live captioning in the room (on site) – you can see a corner of it.

There is instead “text streaming” – a long rolling text way below the visual, live and created by a quality pro – yet it’s not the same because you cannot watch and read at the same time.

We hope they are able to find ways to allow “equal communication access” very soon – it can and should be done for the world –quality timely live captioning on the visual, or just below it. See how it’s done in the second photo below. If leaders in technology and access will listen to our voices, it’ll be a better world for all.


Under this visual, live and online, is a long number of lines of rolling text – live at the bottom so that it’s even more difficult to find the text matching the spoken word in real time.

Perhaps a good first step, yet quality live captioning online is shown here below – it is rolling text also, one word at a time (that is not seen in the photo). Some like two or three lines only, some ue four (four is probably the maximum in our view).

text WITH visual – the place to be for captioning advocacy

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Captions Capture the Votes! News: Seattle, WA

September 2, 2014 Comments Off


Captions Capture the Votes – Good News – Seattle, WA – Check this out soon! With CART! The Aging Wave: A Candidates Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness
September 22, 2014, 5:30pm; University Place Library; 3609 Market Place W, Suite 100; University Place, WA 98466 — This event is a forum for state legislative candidates and will focus specifically on issues of importance to older adults and people with disabilities in Pierce County. All are invited, especially long-term care consumers and their families, paid and unpaid caregivers, retirees, advocates and all who are interested in our state’s aging readiness. Jointly sponsored by AARP, the ElderCare Alliance, WA Association of Area Agencies on Aging, WA State Senior Citizens’ Lobby, and the Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources Advisory Board. Event includes a panel presentation on Washington State’s Aging Readiness, consumer and family perspectives, and questions from the audience and candidate responses.

Free; No RSVP. Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place. Call (253) 798-4600 for details.


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