Must Read! Hearing folks tell CCAC how they use Captioning!

June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

  • CCAC is a captioning advocacy group!

    Must read! all the replies to this posting so far, see below and add yours:

    Did you know? 80% of people using closed captions had no hearing impairment at all. Why captioning makes good sense for everyone.

    Did You Know? 80 Percent of People Who Use Closed Captions Have No Hearing Impairment - see report on this link -

    JOIN the CCAC – tell the world to Caption Universally! invites you

    REMINDER: Captioning not only for TV – for All Media Online! and for millions, realtime Captioning, live, requried for conferences, meetings, webinars, school, work, and more – theater, lectures, social events…it can be done! Important to ask for it and ask again. Need help? Join the CCAC.

Why Caption?

April 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

Why Caption? It’s the language of mega-millions of people globally.  It really is!



The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning, the CCAC,  sees several new energies interested in the value of captioning inclusion – among many individuals, non-profits and commercial ventures as well, since the CCAC was created in December 2009.  By this December of 2014, with five years of volunteers’ efforts, it seems that the world may be learning much more and catching up with the CCAC mission!

CCAC Mission – Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.

Of course it’s not only due to the CCAC, not at all. For about three decades, good folks and other groups have asked for the same, in different ways, on different levels, for different things, and with varying degrees of “loudness” and some good success also!

CCAC, the Mother Organization of Captioning Advocacy. First and still unique due to (a) sole focus on captioning education, raising awareness, and captioning advocacy, (b) all volunteers, (c) official non-profit organization, and (d) doing advocacy locally, nationally, and internationally. Saluting our membership, friends, and all who nourish so many others also striving to caption the world for equality and inclusion.

CCAC, created at the end of 2009, achieved 501(c)(3) status in 2012-2013, now with hundreds of actual members, thousands more on social media, and welcoming new members and supporters regularly.

We invite all others, individuals and groups, to join and work with the CCAC – together, a vision of a captioned world may become a reality faster, sooner, in our lifetimes!

Say it any way you like – caption the world,  billions word march, one word at a time, subtitles rock, we love captioning, speech-to-text is next, text interpreting is inclusion, caption everything, caption up, caption access, subtitles now, communication access, captioning is action, you get the idea :-).

Captioning communicates. The CCAC – The place to be for Captioning Advocacy. Your membership is invited. If you care about equality, and captioning for all, join us. Go to the CCAC webpages to read more, and then click here:




You are invited! Your voice counts!


April 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


Volunteers in all states invited! We have some super volunteers in a few states already – we need you also please. A few minutes a day will make a huge difference, not only for the CCAC mission of inclusion of quality captioning universally, but also for this election year 2014 across the USA.

Read updated information in two places:

1. The webpage for the campaign:

Tell us what other information you need. Email to

2. The social media Facebook page for the campaign: add your voice here -

Why? Informed voting is the best sort of voting. You want to know what the candidates are saying, all of them. You have a hearing difference, or a language difference, or you just know that reading the words in any large setting is going to be catch- as- catch- can for you (noisy background, lack of microphone, can’t see the candidate due to tall folks in front of you!). We hope you, yes you,  ask for Real Time Captioning (CART) today, from the candidates.

hand at voting machine and 3 languages shown, English, Chinese, Spanish

Best to ask both Republican and also the Democrat candidate in your State please – for all or one office in a contest for Senate, Governor, or House.

All states have elections in November for the House. There may be primaries between now and the summer. Some states also have Senate races, and Governor races. Let us know which candidates you are contacting.

Need help to get started? No problem, email us. Read the pages above for more information too.

Voting is important – your voice counts, and your participation in this advocacy will be appreciated!

Any questions? – non-profit, all volunteer, join us, or not, get involved in this campaign for communication access and inclusion – with your participation, we’ll move forward in many good ways.

CAPTIONS CAPTURE THE VOTES campaign is asking candidates to use quality captioning on all media (this means all videos on the Internet too), and for at least one public event also. First 10 candidates to show us that quality campaign video – we’ll publish it on the CCAC YouTube Channel. Tell them. First candidate to show us a public event with real time captioning, we’ll distribute kudos to that candidate widely among huge interested circles.

Capture the Votes Campaign Update: Oregon & Massachusetts

April 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

The campaign is lucky to have Karen B in Oregon and Felicity L in Massachusetts for our non-partisan efforts! For example, they have already contacted several candidates in those two states, and Karen will copy the campaign flyer to distribute at a public event (not captioned unfortunately) locally this weekend. Thank you Karen and Felicity! Feel free to add more information about yourself below in comments, and about your state efforts.

Oregon, Washington State, and near by states in the north-west of the USA are not heavily populated, compared to, say, California. yet they are very important for the campaign – intelligent voters! Long history of valuable public servants too.  Ditto for Massachusetts! A small state with a long American history!

If you would like to help Karen or Felicity in any way, please comment below with your name and email address.


One chore is to find direct email addresses for candidates. Our focus is national (rather than local candidates) – for House and Senate, and also Governor contests. Local legislatures are of course very important also – contacting those candidates is optional.



Voting is a right and privilege.  Let’s set good examples for our children and future generations by asking for what we need, and by advocating for equal communication access now!


Hear this:

We are all aiming to get a reply ASAP from a candidate in any state that says something like this:

“Yes! Your campaign is a great idea. It’s helped me understand how important voter access to information is, and how captioning will capture my message! My TV ads are already captioned. My vidoes online have automatic cc now yet we must edit and correct those ASAP. We will notify you! And we plan to arrange live captioning (CART) for a public campaign event on (the date here in April or May or June). Thanks for the push!”

Who will be the first? What state do you think she or he will be in? We’ll be able to thank the volunteers also, perhaps Karen B, or Felicity, or Lauren S, or others working behind the scenes now! We’ll be sure to shout about that first candidate nationally – you know we can do it!

Read more today on

Participate! or to communicate with us.


















Who wants to be in pictures? For Capture the Votes!

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Calling for submissions for a ONE MINUTE video for the “Captions Capture the Votes!” campaign.

Create a video, a slide video, a cartoon video – a song video for telling candidates across the USA we want captioning access – we need communication access with quality captions for their media and for their live events too.

Read about the campaign here:

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Interview an older voter with hearing loss?

Find a candidate who agrees with us and is “actioning”  captining…

Film a selfie with your best one minute message for the campaign?

Become a star for us – send it to us soon!



Let’s talk soon!





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.



Fingers do the Talking!

February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hope you enjoy this short video as much as we do!

Court reporting with steno is one of the first steps toward providing quality captioning. and salute our dedicated providers. Support CCAC’s activities with a donation from our website – all volunteers – thanks if you do!

Education and Advocacy Under the CCAC Umbrella

February 23, 2013 § Leave a comment


A short report about  education and advocacy now being done also with CaptionMatch, the newest  spoke on the CCAC wheel for the CCAC mission.
The CaptionMatch website and system is still in “beta” – being tested and developed further – with your feedback (thank you) – and also being used well so far, by a few.

It’s encouraging, and at the same time, we wonder if many more of you “users” (consumers, hearing or not, deaf or not) and providers (of any sort of captioning) might want to try it soon. What questions do you have?
CaptionMatch is a clearinghouse where anyone can place a “request” for captioning, and it will be seen (anonymously) by providers who are registered in the system because they like the idea of supporting CCAC activities, and have time for some new captioning/cart work. You define what sort of captioning you need and when, and advance planning is really important (weeks and months please, though some requests can be handled very quickly, even within a few days).
There’s a lot of education and advocacy going on there, by me and by users of the system. (CaptionMatch is a clearinghouse only, it’s not a captioning company). We’ve chosen to put time into this as a different way to advocate, and hopefully raise some revenue for the CCAC. The goal is the CCAC goal – to find captioning inclusion where none exists now.
We seem to be hearing from mainly “first time” users – folks who are introducing captioning or cart to new situations – new conferences, new video producers, and others. This is very gratifying – as here in the CCAC for three years, to offer encouragement and support for captioning inclusion. We welcome and also need more of you to try it as an option. We are not aiming to take you away from your long-time captioners  - not at all. We hope they too will register and use the CaptionMatch system to benefit CCAC’s volunteer captioning advocacy projects  - to help the CCAC continue.
The website is - check it out, e.g. the educational examples, the FAQ page, and then if you have questions, send them along here or off the forum to me or .
Lauren - Volunteer Captioning Advocates - Consumers and Captioners Supporting CCAC Mission
Let’s Caption the World!


Air Travel Access with Captioning

January 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

CCAC members are talking about added advocacy for access with Captioning for all air travels, such as the items below.


You’re invited to get involved, here, in CCAC membership discussions, on social media, or anyplace that works for you. Talk to us.

1. Some airlines do and many don’t -Captioning for Films shown on board.

2. Some do and some don’t have captioning for TV programs playing on board.

3. Announcements on board by crew need real time captioning.

4. Announcements in all airports also need real time captioning.

See all the information now on this CCAC webpage, and send us more soon:






December is the Captioning Season!

December 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Smile – and talk to family and friends about our needs for quality captioning every day please.

However you plan to enjoy the holidays, understand that millions of people cannot “hear” a full conversation due to deafness or hearing loss – a most common human experience. One in five persons, anyplace, has a hearing loss and may be deaf.


For all, captioning is our language too. Real time captions for comedy shows, for special family gatherings also. Captioning for entertainments, e.g. movies, theaters and puppet shows!

Turning on captioning on the television if all are watching a favorite film during the holidays is an excellent idea. Watching on the Internet? See if there are captions/subtitles available please – and if not, contact them to ask for it (with thanks for your advocacy sincerely).

Arranging for a CART/STTR provider (with you or “remotely via the computer”) to offer full speech-to-text for the holiday  party is another choice.

Going to church? Do you care to hear the sermon and do you want all there to hear enough too? Talk to them about captioning  services -it can be done with good planning.

Noisy restaurants? Does everyone participate? Or does it seem that some fade away and look like they want to crawl under the table? Bringing captioning into many social situations is a major challenge. We read wonderful reports about a restaurant in California for sign language users. Super! Yet most millions with hearing loss, and even some deaf, do not use sign language. We live in the hearing world, are connected to our circles of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the hearing world, and want to “communicate” with everyone in these circles – we speak, and use captioning.

Joy to the world with captioning for all. – we appreciate any donations this season, or anytime; of any size, it helps cover the costs of captioning advocacy; ccac has no paid staff; there is a secure donation system online


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