Captioning Advocacy – Sing it with the CCAC

May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Captioning is a solution for inclusion of mega-mega-millions of us, globally, not only with hearing loss or deafness, but for many other good reasons.

Captioning must be there for “everyone” in any audience, and it’s a “universal” solution since it serves so many others too (see above). CCAC has said this for 5 years (since day one of the CCAC) and has inspired others also to say the same.

Of course some people who are blind or have other needs will not use captioning and will require other resources (and many low vision people do want and use captioning also, they are members also in the CCAC).

The important point is that many in any audience will use captioning, if not for everything all speakers say or do (or use media captioning), but for part of it or in many common situations where it’s needed (even by hearing people, e.g. noisy places, or not wanting to use audio in order not to disturb others, and more).

In a perfect world, all we mega-millions would have a combination of all the various and coming-soon technologies at low cost to try and use in all places. Until then, sing it – CCAC mission = Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally – Join, what are you waiting for?

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Captioning Matters – You are invited!

May 11, 2015 Comments Off on Captioning Matters – You are invited!


Dear CCAC friends, members, subscribers, fans, followers, and anyone reading, 

Have you invited some or all of your other networks to JOIN the CCAC lately? Numbers count, and we welcome and need new energies for the advocacy we do regularly, new ideas and action plans too.

If someone is unemployed, or if the joining donation is a hardship, a smaller amount is fine or it can be waived with a request via email. How about the below to copy and distribute? Or use your own words. Put this on the “cc” line of your email if you feel it’s appropriate (
I belong to a great Captioning Advocacy non-profit organization called the CCAC – the Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning, and you are invited to join us.  Your active or quiet participation will mean more voices together that will influence change we need – quality captioning (subtitles) that are missing in too many places in the USA and all over the world.  
Millions of us need quality captioning for all media, not only the cinema, but also in theaters, and especially important, for all the videos online today. 
We also ask for quality captioning for live events, meetings, conferences, consultations, appointments, work matters, and anyplace where it’s impossible for us to contribute fully without full captioning (speech to text provided by a qualified professional because the machine systems don’t work well enough). 
Many CCAC members have a hearing loss, many use captions for other good reasons, and others in the CCAC don’t need captioning yet understand and support our efforts. Many belong to several groups. CCAC is unique in several ways, and has only one mission –  inclusion of quality captioning universally. 
We have a large international community, meet online 24/7 and you can read about all the advocacy accomplished on the website’s other pages.  As you know, volunteer groups always welcome new interest. 
To join, go to, and the suggested donation can be reduced or waived if you are unemployed or it’s a hardship for any reason. CCAC will also, if you wish, reduce or waive the donation if you belong to a hearing loss, deaf, or disability group. 
Let me know if you want to chat about this. CCAC also invites organizational friends, and is always interested in collaborations for access and inclusion. Your other groups may want to join that way. Information here:
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Full Access – Nothing Like It!

April 23, 2015 Comments Off on Full Access – Nothing Like It!


CCAC member learning more about Live Captioning – great report. Thanks Sara! (Send the news to the CCAC forum to). Cheers, LS

Full communication access for all is a many splendid thing, as Sara reports here. Next time we hope they include live captioning for the breakout sessions too, via early planning, finding a sponsor, planning. .

Originally posted on Musings of a Momma:

IMG_0199My husband and I traveled to a beautiful MN resort this past weekend.  It was a weekend away, around our 15 year wedding anniversary and we were there to learn.  Chad and I went to a conference called 2015 Collaborative Experience for Parents and Professionals of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing.  This conference was put on by Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing, MN Hands and Voices and a few other organizations.  We arrived Friday afternoon and headed home Sunday afternoon.  It was a weekend of learning, meeting people, laughing and enjoying each other.

While there we learned so much and probably could write a post on each thing I saw and learned I am going to focus this on one point that was brought up at the very end of the day on Sunday.  One of the keynote speakers we had during the weekend was…

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How Closed Captioning Has Helped Millions (and Millions) Learn to Read

April 20, 2015 Comments Off on How Closed Captioning Has Helped Millions (and Millions) Learn to Read


CCAC has reported these studies and similar before, and more are listed on the CCAC webpages, yet – always worth reading! #CaptiontheWorld
CCAC mission and passion – Inclusion of quality captioning universally

Originally posted on Getting Your Kids to Read:


If your children are watching television without the closed captioning option turned on, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to boost their reading ability. Let me explain.

In 2002, closed captioning was added to Rangoli, an Indian television program of Hindi film songs. Academic and researcher Brij Kothari looked at 13,000 early literate and illiterate people before the captioning was added in 2002 and five years after it was added. Kothari was looking to compare people who had a television and regularly watched Rangoli with people who had a television but did not regularly watch Rangoli. After five years of closed captioning, the results of the study showed its impact on literacy was profound:


The percentage of school children who became good readers more than doubled, and the percentage of school children who remained illiterate was cut in half with just one hour a week of…

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#CaptiontheWorld – If you Tweet, Use it, Retweet it, Shout About It with the CCAC

April 5, 2015 Comments Off on #CaptiontheWorld – If you Tweet, Use it, Retweet it, Shout About It with the CCAC

Let’s #CaptiontheWorld — If you Tweet, please also add #CaptiontheWorld to your tweets, when it fits for you. Join hundreds of CCAC members in our mission and passion for access and inclusion via Quality Captioning.

CCAC on Twitter is here: Follow us too – of course :-). CCAC – the place 2 B 4 captioning advocacy Join: Email: FB, Twitter, Blog, Members’ Forum, webpages, publications and more = CAPTIONING ADVOCACY ccaccapuniv,smaller



CCAC advocate in Pennsylvania, also in Minnesota and also in Michigan tell us about awful experiences, repeatedly, with Doremi Captioning devices in their movie theaters.

They are not working!

They try up to three times – and three devices at times – none work – they tell the local manager – nothing good happens. They are polite, they ask for improvement, they notify theater in advance as requested too, and no captioning! Zip. No access. No inclusion. Not equality of communications.

How many more folks across the USA are having same problems? We have a hunch many are. They never go back to the theater. They give up. We understand.

Because how many times can you ask? Spend time and money and energy to try again? A refunded ticket does not begin to address the frustration! And understandable anger.

There is an agreement between the National Movie Theater Association to have working devices. There is an ADA law that captioning should be operational.

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NEW letter to management sent. (A letter was sent a few months ago due to same problem in another state).

GOOD information in the CCAC members’ forum online – from experts and others of us who want to advocate.

IF YOU have tried a CARMIKE theater too, tell us your experience. Some are caring and know how to keep the devices charged and in good working order. Yet clearly more staff training and solutions are needed now in many places. If you want to help, if you have the same frustrating experience locally of no captioning, email a draft letter to the CCAC and we’ll help you advocate also. Thanks if you do. is the address.




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CCAC member and advocate asked for advice and help as she started conversation with a bicycle company in the city where another organization will have their conference soon. Their video online was inaccessible (no cc). With a few email exchanges with them, and with CCAC members, she received advice and assistance. Today she sends this message, thanks Michele! This is common activity in the CCAC – please join us soon. Social media and blogs are great fun, but the real action is in the real organization.

“As a follow up on this project, San Antonio B-Cycle has linked a captioned YouTube video to their page that contains the demo video.  I’m assured that when they overhaul their website with a new format captioning will be part of any video embedded into the site.  These people were very wonderful to work with and without any further prompting realized making their site accessible was a win/win deal.  I plan to rent from them while in San Antonio for the SayWhatClub Convention.

Thank you to all who responded to my original email about this project and gave of their time and expertise.  I love CCAC.  I can ask a question here, ask for something I don’t understand to be explained, or seek assistance and there’s always someone to step in with information.
Thanks again, CCAC members!
Michele Linder, SayWhatClub Social Media”

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