An App That Lets You Converse With The Deaf, No Sign Language Necessary – Poor Headline :-(

October 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


Lots of discussion among CCAC members and friends about this. See new story below from another. Problems arising include:

accuracy? real realtime? machine speech to text still in early stages for many voices – and the headline? Hear this – most people with hearing loss, deafened, or deaf do not use sign language. (Sure, some do, maybe even ten percent, at most.)

Good luck to this one too yet – areas of concern also include:

do we want to give money to market something? or do we prefer to give money to boost usefulness? – you decide.

CCAC has recently been sent information about this one, Roger Voice, Google’s own, and another from MIT…buyer beware. Donor beware. More will come along too. Nothing wrong with them, yet let’s be honest – and ask – are they good enough? In some situations, probably yes, up to a point. For your doctor visit? Probably not, yet for some voices, perhaps even there.

A professional captioner (human being) may be what you really need. The cost needs to be covered. (Yes, we know it’s not easy at times, but you are worth it.)

We are not anti-these devices – not at all – but hype and marketing, well…it creates the wrong new myths.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Transcense is a new app that accurately translates conversations in real time so the deaf and hard of hearing can participate in meetings, presentations and conversations.

Founders Thibault Duchemin, Pieter Doevendans and Skinner Cheng say one-on-one conversations are easy for the deaf. Either they are speaking with someone who can sign or they can just read lips. However, it’s very hard to follow group conversations with several people speaking at once. This makes it hard to catch things and converse during group meals with friends who don’t sign or at an office meeting where they might miss something important. This app is personal for two of the three founders. Cheng has been deaf since he was two and Duchemin is a coda, meaning he grew up with deaf family members.


Transcense is developing its first app through the BoostVC accelerator program. It works by catching conversations from the voices…

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Can You Hear Me? No? Do You Read? Yes? Captions Capture Communications!

October 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

Nothing cures hearing loss! That’s still the reality.

Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss – and they are expensive. Many never use their hearing aids even if they have them. Ever wonder why? They don’t help enough for many.

FM systems are not terribly expensive, and some of us have tried many of them (costs adding up!). They help some people, but do not help everyone.

Looping is not cheap. It helps some, but not all. There are issues, and it’s mainly for folks with hearing aids. Get the problem?

CAPTIONING is heaven. It costs, yes. We’re worth it. What does it cost to exclude anyone? To exclude one in five globally? To offer your programs without captioning? It costs too much NOT to include captioning if you care about what you are doing and if you care about serving your community.

People who need captioning are good people. They have many talents! They may become a huge asset to your group if they are included.

If you are part of any group, it’s important to budget for live captioning for your meetings, and for your media (videos). Build it into your annual expenses. Raise money for it. Figure out how. Work at it. Inclusion and access is the right thing to do.

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And! For eligible official non-profits, CCAC will get you started with up to three hours of free live captioning for your next meeting. CCAC will pay the captioning provider for you.

Captioning is the world’s language. Devices such as aids, loops, and other systems, even implants, they are not language. They do not serve all. Captioning serves all who can read. It also teaches reading! Ask for the captioning you need now. Show others, Help them understand. It’s not too expensive.

Captions Capture the Votes! Update: Live Captioning in Oregon This Friday!

September 30, 2014 Comments Off

Would be great if the newspaper item also mentioned this, yet we are informed today that the Frideay event with Sara Gelser will have live captioning!

Tip of the hat to local advocates and CCAC members in Oregon who dedicated time and interest to the “Captions Capture the Votes” campaign for access and inclusion. There is still time to ask your own candidates anyplace across the USA – read more

Election Year Update-Ohio Success with Live Captioning!

September 23, 2014 Comments Off

CCAC is very happy to report that a live election event yesterday in Cincinnati included live captioning for all.

We are also pleased that the League of Women Voters there responded to the CCAC campaign called “Captions Capture the Votes” and asked good questions to learn how to arrange this!

We are triply happy that others were able to see and use live captioning (also called real time or CART) for the very first time!

One in five Americans has a hearing loss. Forty-eight million Americans have a hearing loss. Others find listening in new room, new voices, or background noises to be annoying and they benefit from quality captioning too.

Ask your candidates soon – tell us if you do please. We aim to continue this important access campaign during the next two years – join us, participate, if not you also, then who? Thanks!

Read more here: and then email CCAC.

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Conference Captioning – Yes We Can!

September 22, 2014 Comments Off

Sharing this – because – CCAC has always said – All Graduations Need Quality Captioning.

And it’s not only graduations, it’s all conferences too, and much more.

If you don’t use the company that made this cool video, please try the CCAC service called CaptionMatch – go to, register (free) and then place your request. We are not the captioners, but we help you find what you need!


Join the CCAC – the place to be for captioning advocacy! We want you! Go to – we are the only official non-profit in the USA and internationally too that has a sole focus on captioning advocacy, and is all volunteers. Let’s talk soon.

Guest Blog on MOOC’s, Learning and Captioning

September 22, 2014 Comments Off

An important review here. Access for education online – full access as needed with quality captions (subtitles) and also availability of live captioning for any in-person meetings is vital!

Please read and comment. Share your own online learning experiences also. The world needs educated and dedicated citizens, not only for first degrees, but also for life-time learning.

MOOC’s, Learning and Education.

Thanks Dawn!

Dawn is also a CCAC members. Join us in the CCAC now – if you listen and learn, or share captioning advocacy, your membership helps the CCAC continue and move forward. CCAC is all volunteers and an official 501(c)3 non profit organization. Go to or email soon with any questions (



Love, Use, Need Captioning? CCAC needs you!

September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Counting on all of you who love, need, and use captioning/subtitles/live captioning of all sorts! With you, we push the mission forward in good ways. Return the short survey to ASAP.

CCAC mission = Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.


First, a short list of what we all have been able to create together for Captioning Advocacy (this does not include hundreds of local good advocacy many of you do) over the first five years of the still-young CCAC, an official non-profit, all volunteers:
(1) CCAC Sponsorship of free CART
(2) Captions Capture the Votes Campaign (elections with quality captioning)
(3) CCAC film “Don’t Leave Me Out!” for education and raising awareness globally
(4)CCAC Letters of Support for selected captioning issues
(5) CCAC comments to DOJ and FCC concerning captioning matters
(6)New articles (respond to requests and new topics on captioning advocacy)
(7)CaptionMatch educates others and assists anyone and any organization to find the captioning provider they need and deserve
(8) Many great collaborations with other groups (e.g. ALDA, HLAA, literacy and captioning projects, TDI conference and more!)
NOW – CCAC ready to create a few committees – very important:
A. 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. And these  new committees are suggested – volunteers on any committee would do some or all of the following – open to suggestions and revisions with you: B.Membership and Outreach – invite new members; plan CCAC online meetings; take CCAC materials to other conferences
C. Communications – monitor the forum; talk to organizational friends and other groups;contribute to the CCAC blog and CCAC Facebook and Twitter
D. Fundraising, Grant-writing, and Finance
E. Captions Capture the Votes campaigns – for 2014 elections and continuing until November 2016,
F. Local (in USA or global) Captioning Advocacy Projects – what your local town, city, region needs! A team can do stronger captioning for you, and we can help each other. That’s what works best.
G. CAPs Brainstorming – general discussion of new potential CAPs for wider (national and international education, raising awareness, and making captioning happen).
Read this: The CCAC has potential access to some good 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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