July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
How Totally Wonderful that TIME has added Quality Captioning for these political ads! Thank you TIME! Tell the candidates that their ads on their own webpages have no access! No quality cc for millions of voters. We invite your interest in this non-partisan campaign called “Captions Capture the Votes!” – Read more here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/
(Candidate in ME – only this one is cc’d of course since only Signing is used – by the way, 99% of deaf/deafeend/hoh do not use sign language – we use captioning, the world’s language.)
Originally posted on TIME:
These are the dog days of election year politics. The fields are mostly set, and the final battle is still too far away to matter much. Plus, who wants to think about politics in summer? The answer: The campaign ad makers. Political Mad Men have no problem working the heat into their spots, or doing even better by making political spots so compelling we can’t look away even when we would rather be swimming.
So without further ado, here is our take on 2014′s top 6 political ads of the summer, so far.
6.”Sunshine” – Charlie Crist, Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida
Charlie Crist pays homage to the sunshine state of Florida through this ad’s theme. The high-quality video clearly outlines what Crist accomplished in his last term and what his goals are should he be reelected, which gives viewers a clear picture of what this candidate…
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July 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
Saying a special “well done” to the professional live captioning provider (Darlene) and the University of Washington for the support they are giving to a student who is studying abroad (in London) this semester. How great to have communication access needed for class, theater, and walking tours!
Does your student need captioning? Ask for it.
Do you want some encouragement or more information?
Join the CCAC – the place for captioning advocacy.
June 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
To use on your blogs please, newsletters, websites, signatures, and profiles. CCAC has this mission for almost five years – Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally! That’s what we ask for every day, hundreds of us:
Need a different format? Email anytime to CCACaptioning@gmail.com
A member of the CCAC yet? If not, you are invited! See http://CCACaptioning.org
Want to help with current captioning adovacy campaign? Here’s a good one - http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/
Where do you need captioning now? This summer? Real Time Captioning too? Tell us more – June is a jumping month.
April 25, 2014 § 2 Comments
Saying it like it is. Few write better than Michele:
Originally posted on SayWhatClub:
by Michele Linder
Here in the United States, we enjoy a high rate of captioning on television (though we still have our frustrations when we come across an exempt program or one where the rules have not been enforced), but New Zealand’s rate of public broadcasting captioning is less than 25%, a level well below some third world countries. Unfortunately, you’ll find those who argue vehemently as to why a higher rate of captioning cannot be achieved. You’ll even find people who make excuses as to why captioning shouldn’t be provided.
Why wouldn’t you caption? “…when you look at the adverse effects of exclusion, and consider the very weighty costs to our society, clearly, the benefits of providing captioning far outweigh any monetary cost incurred to provide…
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April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today yours truly contacted the two candidates for Governor in Maine – the Republican and the Democrat.
One replied right away saying they caption all their TV ads. We replied right away and said:
a. TV is good. We are also asking for quality cc on all videos – on their media online. We pointed to their video on the candidate’s campaign site - it had only poor quality automatic YouTube cc. We asked them to update that and correct it ASAP and if they did so, to tell us. When they tell us, we’ll give national recognition to them here!
b. We also told them the campaign is asking for Real Time Captioning of the candidates’ live public events. We suggested that if they need more information for that, just to ask us. And we told them if they did that soon, and informed us, they’d be the first in the USA to do this in response to our campaign, and we’d give the national thanks.
Step by step – whom are you contacting in your State today? Governor, Senate, or House candidates?
Please cc to us when you do – cc to CCACaptioning@gmail.com or cc to CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org
Get the message? Step by step – we will make a difference with your help.
We are merely asking for equal communication access. It’s the law.
April 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
There are 33 Senate contests in the USA this election year – some with primaries.
Here’s a good resource to find out if your state is on the list, and if yes, the names of the Candidates:
Contact them to ask that they caption all their media starting now, and all their live events too.
Need help? Email CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org
April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
WE WANT YOU!
The CAPTIONS CAPTURE THE VOTES campaign is a good one for this important election year 2014 all across the USA. Other countries are interested in our campaign also now, and we invite the to piggy-back on us!
HERE is what we are asking all voters to do – you! Not too hard!
1. Think about forming a small team for your State – yourself and 2 others. Or even alone, you are invited to be a State Team Leader with the CCAC volunteers helping along the way. Email us to tell us you are in – CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org
2. Next, find the list of candidates in your State. There are several websites to do this. Need help? Email us.
Those are the two simple first steps. Our eyes are open for your interest and participation in any ways that work for you. Please email us soon.
AND – Send this blog to your candidates, or the Flyer above, or both. Thanks if you do!
CANDIDATES ACROSS THE USA — GREETINGS TO YOU TOO!
We hope some of your constituency contacts you soon with information about our campaign. We are asking all candidates to use quality captioning (subtitles) on all media (TV and Internet) and also to use real time captioning (also called CART or RTC or Text Interpreting) for all public events.
There are 48 million Americans with hearing loss or deafness now. Younger voters too! If you want to get your message out to all, including people with language differences, use captioning.
We will publish your name if you do this, and distribute your cooperation widely to many networks.
We are all volunteer citizen advocates. Talk to us soon please.
Equal communication access is the law of the land – don’t wait to be asked again, do it now.
More information here:
Need help? Email CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org
April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
Re blogging this one – enjoy!
Subtitles – with quality needed!
It’s “inadmissible” any other way.
We the people.
March 21, 2014 § 1 Comment
A new article or blog of interest to many – following up our meeting the Silent Grapevine project:
Chuck Ray is one of the only trial judges in the world that is Deaf. He was an attorney in Anchorage, Alaska when he lost his hearing in 2007. His hearing loss had been gradual but he didn’t quite consider the changes he might have to make when he lost his hearing completely. A newly deaf person at 50 years old often faces obstacles that they don’t expect but Judge Ray took them into stride and decided against retirement. Instead, he decided that he would try to continue to practice law. This decision was not without some concerns.
How would he be able to interact with others in the court room? Would clients and/or other attorneys have issues with him and would there be any possible accommodations for him to help make it possible to continue. Fortunately for him, he learned how to lipread and while learning that skill, Judge Ray discovered something called Real Time Captioning.
Usually Real Time Captioning is used for sworn oath but for Judge Ray he gets a word for word play by of everything that is going on in his court room. When a new seat had opened on the Bethel bench in 2012, he decided to submit his application. Out of four submitted applications that had been forwarded to the Governor, Sean Parnell, his was highlighted by the Judical Council as one of the best submissions.
His deafness didn’t stop him from getting this job and the Governor has said that spending money on his accommodations is worth it for the right person. The initial set up for Real Time Captioning was $456,800 and 365,000 for each year afterwards. This hefty price tag covers $90-140 an hour for real time captionists in the court room, their transportation, lodging, and food. Often these captionists are coming from either California or Nevada and come out on two week rotations.
In order for a person to become a highly qualified captionist, they must obtain a certification. To obtain that certification, they must be able to type 200 wpm with 96% accuracy. This enables the Judge to get information in real time rather than waiting. Many lawyers and individuals that have seen the inside of Judge Ray’s Court room have been amazed at how they forget he’s deaf and his ability to keep up with what’s going on without any trouble. The biggest reason other than the Real Time Captioning is also because Judge Ray is still able to communicate verbally with his attorneys in the courtroom.
Go to HTTP://CCACAPTIONING.ORG -the website for the organization (you are reading the CCAC blog here, not the website) – and find the tab to become a member. We’ll welcome you!
(Readers – we are checking with the author now about the set up costs. It would be helpful to many to know more, in a general way, of the items adding up to that figure (mics, monitors, and other items). We know that some other qualified and experienced professionals (e.g. physician specialists) also travel to Alaska to provide services, and expertise is costly. We’ll update the information here as it is received. Update: the figures are in the news story here - http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/deaf-justice-in-rural-alaska/25045558. Now we understand better too – it’s essentially the annual cost plus equipment (we are guessing) for the first year. As the State says, expertise is worth it!)
The article above has been republished from The Silent Grapevine (TSG) with permission. Mary Pat Withem is the lead reporter and you can contact her at email@example.com for further information or clarification on any of the information, sources, or for links to her work.