August 13, 2017 Comments Off on SAME LANGUAGE SUBTITLES VITAL!

EVER enjoy a foreign film with great captioning until they start speaking in English for a short time?

Then subtitles stop – ugh! This happened to me the other night on Amazon prime videos. It also happens on Netflix. Double ugh.

What we need to advocate for is SAME LANGUAGE SUBTITLES, and we need same language subtitles on ALL VIDEOS of course.

For example, videos and live streams online now from so many GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS all over the world, including from the White House.

We need same language subtitles to enjoy all our British TV shows. Many times the accents are a little confusing. Read this about the dilemma:

Add your comments please. Join the CCAC. Let’s advocate. Let’s Talk Captioning! Equal communication access is the law, and the right thing to do. Go to




Access with Live Captions at Edinburg Festival

July 5, 2017 Comments Off on Access with Live Captions at Edinburg Festival

Open and enjoy reading about this accessible festival – a wonderful report from the Captioning Provider – thank you Claire!  The link has some nice photos and more:


Let’s Talk Captioning! Join the CCAC and bring your reports, questions, ideas, and captioning advocacy ideas – we are all advocates!

CCAC does not DO captioning – we advocate, educate, raise awareness and — repeat.

Go to 

Captions (Subtitles) are now included in a number of places – thanks to CCAC energies and those of many others over past years. Lots more to do – it’s missing in so many places still.



Sharing this excellent long legal perspective to help “deaf” using SL (sign language) to get effective communications they need for medical consultations.

Since 98% or more of mega-millions of deaf/deafened/hoh folks do not use SL, it’s important to have a good legal perspective for us also – many of us require Quality Live Captioning for effective communication. Essentially, the same suggestions apply as in the good article.

Read here:
And raise your own voices.
Join the CCAC if you care to discuss this with others. We hope you do.

Related advocacy piece on our webpages:
CCAC Flyer with logo CCAC and text about the organization

EDUCATION – Teachers, please watch:

April 29, 2017 Comments Off on EDUCATION – Teachers, please watch:

Good new video – as CCAC says for 7 years, just do it.

Much more to share on CCAC webpages – have a look soon.

What is the Power of Captioning?

April 25, 2017 Comments Off on What is the Power of Captioning?

What is “The Power of Captioning”? is an edited article from the CCAC newsletters published during 2012. We welcome your examples in comments here, and your questions, as always.

This is a concept that is vital for mega-millions of citizens who are …

  • Learning to read or wanting to boost reading skills
  • Learning a new language
  • In need of translations
  • Needing immediate transcription (full notes) without requiring note takers or a flawless memory
  • Employed or at leisure with others who have different accents, in situations with poor acoustics, noisy backgrounds (sports places, restaurants and bars, etc.)
  • Managing productive lives with different learning and listening styles (such as auditory perceptual differences, autism, tinnitus without hearing loss, others)
  • Doing business to reach wider markets via Search Engine Optimization – no search without good captions on any media online
  • Using captioning in situations rather than increasing volume, so as not to disturb others in very quiet places (e.g. libraries)
  • Navigating life with different hearing or no hearing (48 million people in USA alone, one in four or five globally)
  • Hearing people use captioning in all the above ways as well.

CCAC Logo with words Caption Universally



What Does Captioning Advocacy Mean?

April 24, 2017 Comments Off on What Does Captioning Advocacy Mean?


In our framework, there are two main categories of advocacy – legal advocacy, and grass roots citizen advocacy. CCAC embodies grass-roots advocacy done by CCAC members and many others in many different places and in a variety of ways.

Legal advocacy takes the legal route with attorneys who are indeed “advocates.” Many times, there is no significant change or progress, in some cultures, for some issues, without legal challenges. Legislative initiatives also require legal input.

Grass-roots advocacy also accomplishes change, and significant change, in different ways. Grass roots advocacy also may bolsters future legal efforts, when and if they become required.

From the dictionary (, advocates are those who (1) speak or write in favor of, support, urge or recommend publicly (something that is important), (2) speak and write publicly in defense of, or support of, a person or a cause, (3) plead for or in behalf of another, or (4) pleads the cause of another in the court of law.


In the CCAC, advocacy means asking for something needed (captioning), explaining why it is needed, pursuing the request to educate others, and aiming to ensure inclusion of quality captioning. Simply this.

Simply? It all depends on many factors, e.g., the person asking, the others who listen or not, the situation, the timing, and many more dynamics, both human and technology. Yet simply asking – that is a huge first step. Asking is good advocacy.

Advocacy is done for oneself, for others, and for future generations. What each individual shares in the CCAC community builds into future advocacy, understanding and action.

Consider only one example — asking for LIVE CAPTIONS (also called CART) in a classroom. If one family advocates for full verbatim speech-to-text – equal communication access – for a student who needs it, that advocacy will educate many others, and the advocacy efforts themselves (lots of energy, persistence, and finding allies) will build future equal rights for all.


Photo of L. Storck, CCAC founder and president, at Conference in Vienna, Austria 2011

We are all advocates! Some consumers, others providers, and many using captioning for many reasons beyond hearing loss and deafness.



Accessible Podcasts – Enjoy this one

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Accessible Podcasts – Enjoy this one

Thanks to the CCAC community, this Podcast was first transcribed using a small CCAC grant. Then it was put on Amara so the captioning (text) could roll along just like on a video.

Go to this link:

Embed here but not showing. Anyone know why?

People with hearing loss, those who become deafened, and people who are deaf sometimes feel like outliers also. In communities that are open to differences, there’s a lot to share.