EVERYDAY LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING MATTERS! Hear Gael:

August 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

In her newest article, Gael addresses our needs for LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING. See a quote from her article below. We invite energies to advocate now, to use her good words to create a CCAC CAP – captioning advocacy project – and take it forward. Advocacy is a many-step process. Are you interested?

If not one of these good items, then read about CCAC ongoing advocacy here and get in touch with any questions, ideas, suggestions, energies! http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-advocacy/

From Gael’s article: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/betterhearingconsumer/2016/life-without-captions/#comment-18988 -she says:
“Here’s where captioning would make my life better and easier:
In a store, when the salesperson is ringing up a sale—why do they always seem to say something just as you lean over to punch in your numbers? The captions could show on a little tablet beside the cash register and debit machines.

In-flight service: not the safety demo—I’ve heard so many that I could give it myself if the flight attendant needed a break—but whatever the captain or first officer decide to yammer on about. I can usually catch “..at 39,000 feet…” and hope it means what it usually means. The captain’s captions could appear on the screen in front of my seat. (Airlines, I hope you’re taking notes as you read this!) (CCAC here – the DOT is taking up this idea now, with a lot of input from the CCAC and many other hearing loss and related groups; we sure hope they make progress on this during our lifetime!)

Grocery store announcements—what special am I missing out on? I want the same notice that there’s a 2-for-1 coconut milk special as everyone else. LED screens at the end of each aisle would be awesome. And as for what the cashier is saying, see the first point above.

We love captioning. Life without it puts us off-track, confuses us and exhausts us. Sometimes we just throw up our hands and tune out. But when it is available, we use it and are grateful. Now, we want more of it, in more places.”

CCACAPTIONING.ORG – JOIN TODAY – GAEL IS A CCAC MEMBER TOO.
CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM
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#NoMoreCRaptions! CCAC invites you all to read about good project:

August 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

SEE BELOW.

ALSO, see many CCAC blogposts over recent years, the CCAC webpages, as well as all CCAC videos on YouTube, here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CCACORG/videos

CCAC MISSION – INCLUSION OF QUALITY CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY

JOIN US! HTTP://CCACAPTIONING.ORG TO LEARN MORE

CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM

NEW: Join the #NoMoreCRAPtions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter. Ask YouTubers for human-edited captions, not auto-generated CRAPtions.

Source: #NoMoreCRaptions!

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS & ATTENDEES: SEE THIS

July 16, 2016 Comments Off on CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS & ATTENDEES: SEE THIS

ALL CONFERENCES – large and small – please consider these important accessibility items

Remember:
1. most deaf/hoh do not use sign language
2. captioning serves so many in any audience, not only deaf/hoh
3. CCAC offers Grants to help conferences begin to use Live Event Captioning – see eligibility guidelines on CCACaptioning.org webpages (Free CART)

Pay attention:

CCAC = PLACE 2 B 4 CAPTIONING ADVOCACY
CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM

CAPTION STUDIES CONFERENCE SOON!

July 14, 2016 Comments Off on CAPTION STUDIES CONFERENCE SOON!

DRUM ROLL – HEAR THIS – LISTEN UP – WHAT?

CAPTION STUDIES CONFERENCE AUGUST 1 AND 2

ONLINE FREE AND CAPTIONED TOO

DON’T WAIT OR HESITATE

DON’T BE LATE OR MISS THE DATE

bubble (like a caption bubble) yet instead of text, shows varieties of humans

REGISTER NOW AND TUNE IN FROM ANYPLACE ON THE DAYS

MAKE NOTE OF CONFERENCE TIME ZONE (PDT) AND YOUR OWN

FIRST CONFERENCE LIKE THIS EVER!

HAPPY TO BE PART OF IT WITH MANY CCAC MEMBERS AND OTHERS WITH THANKS TO CCAC MEMBER GZ WHO IS CONFERENCE CHAIR, WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY, STRADA CAPTIONING, AND ALL OTHERS INVOLVED AND PRESENTING

GO TO CAPTIONSTUDIES.WOU.EDU now to read about IT, see the two day schedule, presenters page, and find the easy to submit REGISTRATION FORM

CCACAPTIONING.ORG – PLACE TO BE FOR CAPTIONING ADVOCACY

ANY QUESTIONS? CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM

 

CCAC Logo with words Caption Universally

 

REMEMBER THIS: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE DEAF TO LOVE CAPTIONING!

CHANGING THOSE CAPTIONING OPTIONS!

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on CHANGING THOSE CAPTIONING OPTIONS!

EVERY DAY in every way we aim to find – have – enjoy – equal communication access and for many of us – millions – it’s quality captioning we can use. This post is about Media captioning online.

Breaking news is important for all of us to have access to. Videos and live broadcasts online must have quality captioning. The law (e.g. in the USA for TV also online) is that CC is required. Yet many times it takes a strong persistence to figure out how to turn it on (yes really, it’s not always a visible “cc” on the bottom of the screen) and then to adjust it.

Options to adjust it vary – font size, text color, background color, and more. Here’s my effort today to be able to read and use the online news as comfortably as people without hearing differences:

Image from computer screen of news online program with captioning lines now changed to black text on yellow background so we can see the captions that were earlier impossible to read being white text on transparent background on top of large banner on bottom of screen from news channel

I opened MSNBC. Good news is that videos are all captioned (as required by law) yet at first CC was totally unreadable due to white text on transparent background that was placed right on top of the banner text along bottom of screen. Impossible.

With 4 clicks – yes four – I changed it to the following:
1. click on CC
2. my CC already ON – click on color of text
3. click on color of background
4. click on apply

In the CCAC Members’ Forum the other day we were talking about similar issues for YouTube videos, especially now with the new system YT/Google seems to be using. Check out the options everyone!

JOIN us in the CCAC – your membership is invited! Go to
http://ccacaptioning.org/join/

BENEFITS – JOYS! – OF CAPTION INCLUSION

June 20, 2016 Comments Off on BENEFITS – JOYS! – OF CAPTION INCLUSION

TIME TO REMIND YOU -AND PASS THIS ALONG

Sing it! All media and live events benefit from quality captioning. Most of below apply to both live captioning for any event, meeting, consultation, conference, webinar, etc. and to all sorts of media (video, DVD, cinema, gaming, television, radio).

CCAC list of benefits since 2012 grows and grows! Use it, add your own and tell us:

1. Learning to read—with text, in the classroom, on television, and online. Literacy gets a boost with captions on.

2. Learning a new language with captions on.

3. Translation for other audiences in other languages possible with quality captioning.

4. Immediate written transcript—with no need for a note-taker or flawless memory.

5.  Employed or working in other situations where there are different accents, poor acoustics, or mumbling visitors—we’re told it boosts productivity.

6. Managing good lives with different learning and listening styles— autism, tinnitus, auditory perceptual differences and people with other disabilities

7. In business and want to reach wider markets—for search engine optimization, captioning is a vital ingredient to maximize readership and do business online.

The “power of captioning” is a compelling concept.

8. Used by so many in noisy areas (sports bars, crowded public places like airports, etc.).

9  Used by many in quiet areas! (library viewing, at home too).

10 And – of course – to create access for people with hearing loss, who are deafened, or deaf, and also for many deaf-blind who still can use captions.

See also this older blogpost:https://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/captions-not-only-for-deaf-hear-us-roar/ and be sure to send us additions to this great list.

Another partial list from Australia, formatted clearly and visually attractive, see http://www.capthat.com.au/benefits-captionshttp://www.capthat.com.au/benefits-captions and note the references included. CCAC is interested in any data connected to these benefits. There’s some research in Hawaii and India, and also substantial good narrative data (see CCAC articles and research on the CCAC website).

As captioning inclusion grows, there are still gigantic gaps all over the place. That’s why the CCAC exists – and your voice and membership is needed.

CCACAPTIONING.ORG invites you.

CCACaptioning@gmail.com

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Summer Solstice and Captioning Advocacy

June 19, 2016 Comments Off on Summer Solstice and Captioning Advocacy

The long days now in our part of the world seem ideal for expanding our CAPTIONING ADVOCACY activities. How about joining us – helping – in any small way or larger way that works for us both!

CCAC is all volunteers. We need new members and added energies all the time – as much as we welcome donations.

Some CCAC behind-the-scenes chores are listed below – and if you want to suggest a new way or a new idea about how to accomplish the CCAC Mission- please tell us!

Some of the current CCAC captioning advocacy projects are listed below also – and we’d love to have your participation. Email soon.

CCAC Mission – Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally
Web – http://CCACaptioning.org
Email – CCACaptioning@gmail.com
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Captioning Advocacy Projects all welcome new helpers! Get in touch with questions and ideas for:

CCAC GRANTS FOR LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING – CCAC gives money to educate, raise awareness and make captioning inclusion happen, Apply now! http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-sponsorship-for-cart-a-new-captioning-advocacy-program/ – help us “market” this offer of Free Captioning.

CAPTIONS CAPTURE THE VOTES Campaign to encourage all government leaders on all levels to make their messages and live events accessible with quality captioning. http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/ Volunteers needed.

MEDIA – VIDEO – CAPTIONING ADVOCACY includes so much. Recently, CCAC talked with YOUTUBE/GOOGLE directly. #WHccNOW campaign on social media for White House to add quality CC to all social media videos. CCAC contacts Senators pushing OBM for WEB ACCESS. Every day, volunteers contact many video content owners to use Quality CC, offer to add quality CC to short videos for free or at cost. Media – part of life!

CCAC also participates in Cinema and TV media advocacy, distributes media captioning news, and more…more…more (e.g. April 2016, success for Florida TV station).

AIR TRAVEL ACCESS campaign, info on http://ccacaptioning.org/captioning-transportation/ – CCAC confers directly with USA DOT and we hope to see this develop in 2016. CCAC Let’s fly together – contact us to help. Volunteers welcome.

CAPTIONING TRAINING INFORMATION project. – info here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/144wc5uxvxjjnvB-akUcs3V1Sj15Q8PDKqbLP7IMYg8A/edit
NEW CCAC MOVIE – WE ARE THE CCAC – ENJOY here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5cTKUxgG2M

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS NEED LIVE CAPTIONING – ONSITE AND ONLINE. City council to state level to national – quality CC required.

Ongoing smaller captioning advocacy by many CCAC members every day! We contact TV stations, Internet video producers, schools, churches, employers and others Join discussions in CCAC member forum online. For two examples, Sesame Street new videos need quality CC when published; Leading non-profit for Women in Politics needs CC for all webinars, and many others.

CCAC activities to help with also:
Advocacy projects as above, or a new one you want to do. If there is an area of everyday life where captioning is lacking, why not put yourself forward to lead or participate in a small team which can co-ordinate advocacy activities?

Writers and contributors: If you like writing, you can submit articles about captioning to us for publication or we can help you submit them to external publications to raise awareness and increase provision of captioning

Film-makers: If you have camera equipment and editing skills, you could make a short film or slideshow about your experience of captioning that CCAC can promote via social media and our websites.

Administration and book-keeping: We need volunteers to help us keep track of new members, donations, sponsors, and more essential tasks for the organization.
Web developers and digital marketing experts: We need help to design new web pages and digital promotional materials

Social media leaders: A lot of our work takes place over social media and we need people to monitor and stimulate activity on our various channels

Grants leader: CCAC gives grants for live event captioning to stimulate provision. We are seeking a volunteer who can help deliver outreach activities to support this alongside a fabulous small team in place now

Hearing loss and related Groups Collaborations and Liasons: We need volunteers to continue and develop new working relationships between CCAC and other organizations that support people with hearing loss, deafness, disabilities, education, media, etc.

Fundraising: CCAC is a non-profit organization that needs to raise funds in order to grow its activities. We would be very keen to hear from people with fundraising skills who may be able to assist us in this

Marketing the CCAC and the CCAC Mission – all tasks above are part of this, yet here, someone to use an identified open source system to keep track of it all and more. Yes you can!

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