Captioning for Literacy!

May 22, 2012 Comments Off

An important reminder about the importance of captioning inclusion for learning to read. This is a Guest Blog (see authors and organization below) edited for inclusion here, with a photo selected from CCAC files.

Free TV Captions for Learning to Read — Who do you know who needs help learning to read?

- A three year old who needs print aware­ness to start kindergarten?

- A 4th grader in the bottom half of the class who can’t yet read at a basic level?

- An underprivileged youth thinking of dropping out of high school?

- A newly arrived immigrant family who needs to learn to read English?

Free TV Captions help millions in other countries. In a brief video, former President Bill Clinton, at his Clinton Global Initiative, praises using television’s same language subtitles to teach 150 million in India to read. See the Clinton video that comes up as you open http://www.captionsforliteracy.org along with a short video of a young boy learning to read and write with free TV captions.

Free TV Captions help learning to read. Free TV captions create an unrivaled opportunity for learners of any age to connect the sound of the spoken word with the sight of the printed word in the context of the action unfolding on the screen to explain and reinforce the meaning. When the average child watches television 4 to 7 hours a day in any event, turning on free TV captions provides thousands of hours a year to extend their classroom lessons by practicing reading at home.

What You Can Do Now — We ask you to tell all your trainees, staff, teachers, families and children about free TV captions. Include TV captions as a resource in your website and publications. Teach them all how to turn on TV captions by using the set’s menu.

Don’t forget that without requiring further expenditures in computers or Internet subscriptions, free TV captions are available in 97% of American households because they already have television sets.

Federal legislation is in place, and the research has been done. Since January 2006, phased federal mandates, enforced by the FCC (initially for the deaf), require free TV captions to be available 20 out of 24 hours a day on virtually all programs on almost all stations including cable. Though legislation makes TV captions free for viewers, they’re expensive for the producers providing the captions. It seems scandalous to squander the price producers pay to provide TV captions free to viewers but not to let viewers know of their availability and their educational power.

Distributed by C A P T I O N S F O R L I T E R A C Y, a 501(c)(3) charitable trust, John Yeatman Taggart, Trustee and Director and Laura Lou Meadows, Trustee and Executive Director. Email: C A P T I O N S L I T E R A C Y @ H O T M A I L . C O M
W E B S I T E: W W W. C A P T I O N S F O R L I T E R A C Y . O R G

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