Capture the Votes Campaign Update: Maine

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 or cc to

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.


Senate Races in 2014 – Captions Capture the Votes

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:,_2014

uncle sam says we need you

Contact them to ask that they caption all their media starting now, and all their live events too.

Need help? Email,_2014


Florida, Illinois, Texas and 47 Other States Invited!

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment


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!

Flyer for all Candidates and Voters

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 –

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!


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:

And here:

Need help? Email







The irony within the irony.

April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

The irony within the irony..

Re blogging this one – enjoy!

Subtitles – with quality needed!

It’s “inadmissible” any other way.

We the people.



Quality Real Time Captioning in the Court

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. 

Sources are: KTUU ,Current Alaska Judges  Photo from Court Records of Alaska

CCAC here: Many reading may know that “Courts/Justice” is one of the ten CCAC “Categories of Life” – you will see it listed on the CCAC membership form when you join us. Please do join the CCAC now if you have not yet done so! Every member has access to the CCAC members’ forum and a lot of good “first” information too.

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 - 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 for further information or clarification on any of the information, sources, or for links to her work.

Captions Capture the Votes! Campaign Begins Now – You’re Invited!

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

CCAC announces the start of a very special effort this year – aimed for captioning access for all elections taking place in 2014. Across the USA there are many – for Congress, Governors, local position and local legislature. We invite you to advocate with the CCAC for inclusion of quality captioning for all candidates’ media and also for live presentations by candidates.

Two resources as CCAC begins this campaign:

Please read more today on the webpage for the campaign here:

If you use Facebook, please go to the special page there now, to “like” and to “share” messages with your circles. That page is here:

Let’s collaborate! State groups invited! Regional and other countries welcome! More soon, stay tuned, and even better, if you are not a member of the CCAC yet, please join soon (though not required to participate and collaborate with this important campaign for inclusion).

CAPTIONSCAPTURETHEVOTES@CCACAPTIONING.ORG – Email for this Campaign – Email for the CCAC organization – Web address for the CCAC – Many pages of useful resources – Web address to find a Captioning Provider to meet your needs

We call for volunteers to be local contacts – get in touch soon please. Media contacts invited, as well as larger organizations with campaign experience. If candidates themselves would email us soon, even better. Cheers for captioning inclusion – captions communicate to millions.

Chocolates for Captioning Anyone?

March 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sharing a wonderful fundraising campaign going on this month in Belgium – who wants to create something similar for the CCAC? Chocolate maker? Toasty tidbits of a different sort? Email us soon, and meanwhile, for fun and a tasty treat, watch the video that has excellent access with quality captioning. Bravo, Surdimobil!

(NB: Embedding the video from Facebook does not seem to work here, as it does from YouTube. Find the video here on Facebook:

And on YouTube, voila!


And the text says: 

INFO: The “Chocolate fish” operation edition SURDIMOBIL 2014 begins tomorrow!
From 14 March to 30 April, support us by buying bags of 5 delicious fish in chocolate (5 euros per bag) made by the Liège artisan Franz.

For the Easter of children, to thank the employees at work, to accompany the coffee at breakfast (and 4 h), to give pleasure to her husband (se),… All occasions are good for Surdimobil April fish! (Translated by Bing)

Captioning Advocacy Achieves Access

March 8, 2014 § 2 Comments

You Too Can Caption! Special thanks to CCAC member Michele for asking for, and achieving access with quality captioning for this video – and special thanks again to the video maker! Captioning access is healthy, as is exercise! invites your membership today. Numbers count. All voices together create beautiful advocacy and access.

p.s. Michele is very active in many volunteer groups – as many CCAC members are. The CCAC offers a “hub” where anyone can share good captioning advocacy information, ask questions, and find mentoring. The CCAC webpages have many resources too. CCAC’s only mission = Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally. All media, and all public live events, need equal communication access. We ask for captioning. Many ask for captioning for private events too – celebrations, medical consultations, and more. is the email address – let’s talk.



You Too Can Caption!

March 3, 2014 § 4 Comments

Yes, the world can learn to caption – to communicate – to connect us. This good video was captioned by Lawrence, interviewed in the clip. His work and interests encompass passion for inclusion. As he says, “Nothing for us, without us” or as the CCAC says, “Don’t Leave Us Out.”

Lawrence is a CCAC member. He is Public Affairs Specialist at the National Council on Disability.


JOIN and support the CCAC – the place to be for Captioning advocacy.


ASK for any sort of captioning you need  - what are you waiting for? We invite you to register and use, a service from the CCAC to support volunteers.

Hearing Loss? Lost in Translation? Other Difference? Gain with Inclusion!

March 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

CCAC is all volunteers – every voice, every penny, every day goes toward the sole mission: Inclusion of Quality Captioning universally.

The excellent video is captioned. So many still fail to do this for millions of us. is the place to read more, find resources, join us, and support us. Thanks if you do! is the place to find the captioning provider you need for your video, online course, webinar, conference, and more. Providers who bring consumers to CaptionMatch earn a special link. Email soon for more information:

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