March 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

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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”

Viral Videos on YouTube

March 27, 2015 § Leave a comment


A nice note from friends in the UK about something concerning us all globally. CCAC sends many advocacy messages to many networks about the same issue, over a long time. ALL invited to use CCAC as the umbrella (hub) for local and national advocacy too. has many resources, including how to edit YT craptions (machine) and more. Cheers for everyone who spreads the words.

Originally posted on The Tree House.:

In this blog post, I’m going to talk about videos that have gone viral on YouTube.  You may be thinking, “What the heck has this got to do with anything about being d/Deaf?”

Most viral videos may involve people talking (in order to get the funniness bit) however not a lot of these YouTube clips get subtitled (in my opinion) and that’s the job of YouTube Auto Caption, right? This feature I would say is completely useless.  It tries to listen to the clip and guess what’s being said.  This feature hardly works when I’ve used it.

A great example is a video that went Viral in June last year, it was a airline flight attendant performing the safety demonstration and had included very humorous jokes.  When I first watched the video I was having to rely on others to ask what was being said, so to me it wasn’t…

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March 24, 2015 § 2 Comments

VERY HAPPY, delighted, and thankful to so many all over the place, CCAC members and many others, for joining the CCAC captioning advocacy campaign during the past few days! Today we see THE NEW YORK TIMES acknowledges our efforts, first this way, publicly: THANK YOU NEW YORK TIMES.

Read: (Bravo Sebastian for sending them a message they selected to use!).

And this video appears to be the first one with QUALITY CAPTIONING – on their YT channel:





Of interest related to this news: is one place to find NYT videos being captioned by 2 CCAC members and anyone can help there. is a place for everyone to say thank you to the NYT and also keep encouraging them to use Quality CC as soon as possible! only one so far on their own YT channel online.

earlier advocacy here: and all over social media (Twitter, FB, and LinkedIn). Follow CCAC on Twitter too:

New York Times Videos Have No Captioning! Help Advocate:

March 20, 2015 § 4 Comments

It’s 2015 and the New York Times, a global news company, has no quality captioning on any of their many videos online! Please help advocate now by a message to any or all of the contacts below, using emails, twitter or any other methods to advocate. If you want to send a message with us, just email to be your co-sender or co-author. Let’s advocate!


Vital for Informed Citizenship: Advocate to the NEW YORK TIMES to create access with Quality Captioning on all their videos online. Millions are waiting too long.

Many good ideas are under discussion in the CCAC forum online too – join to participate, or email CCAC. Some suggest volunteers do captioning for the New York Times and some say it’s their job! Some want legal action. Talk to the NAD about their ideas too.

To advocate now, contact some or all of the following, using emails, social media, your other networks. Let us know if you do and let us know if they reply (so far, only a “brush off” reply similar to one CCAC got two years ago!).

New Hashtag for Tweets = #NYTimesCCvital – find, follow and use this with CCAC – on Twitter, here: here’s some MORE contact info – give it a go, now or soon, thanks if you do!

Want more from The New York Times?





Tell them we are tired of waiting for access with Quality CC; refer them to, and/or, do it your way!

Cheers for the CCAC captioning advocacy and all helping with this, in whatever way you can.

Newest way to contact video folks at NYTimes – let’s get a good reply!

Using Emails:;;,,, nytimesnews@nytimes,com, – find more, they have many many email addresses – use one, some or all.

Using Twitter: try this one first @palafo (; also @daniellerha and @jorcohen;@nytimestech

Using LinkedIn, the video department: – let’s do it together, thanks if you do!

Useful on the NYTimes youtube channel, leave a comment on any or all videos there, none have CC! See

And here’s another place to talk to NYTimes – see CCAC comment and add yours: and also here,


Dear NYTimes,

How much longer do millions have to wait for access to your online videos? Whom to talk to there directly please? Videos online need quality CC (not machine) ASAP.. We’ve been trying to reach your communications department, video department, and others, without any replies other than the same one line we got two years ago, i.e. “that’s an interesting question.”
48 million Amerricans and many more globally have a hearing loss. MIT and Harvard have been sued for lack of CC for their online educational media, plus many other companies. Is the NYTimes waiting for legal action to force this? Please answer us.
We represent our official non-profit (the CCAC) and many concerned others. Let’s open a good conversation with the right person there to learn more, and help you “action” access soon.
L.E. Storck
Founder and President, – CCAC is all volunteers, international, and an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization
MARCH 21  – GREAT NEW STEP in the CCAC Captioning Advocacy campaign ongoing now to the NEW YORK TIMES. Thanks to CCAC Members Michael L and Claude A for adding quality CC to some NYTIMES videos. NYTimes is doing none! Time for them to step up to the modern world. Go to:
or start here:
and there are more too! Find them on Amara – search for New York Times.
Good step eh? How we love the CCAC – Join us soon!

Just Another Day of Advocating for Quality Captions

March 9, 2015 Comments Off


Thanks to CCAC member and captioning advocate extraordinaire Michele for her blog – read and learn and do the same. Need help? Talk to us or contact Michele soon. has much more information, or email to

Originally posted on SayWhatClub:

By Michele Linder

This morning my niece shared a very inspiring video on Facebook… it drew me in.

I opened the link and began watching only to find that the video wasn’t captioned.

Boo! Hiss!

I then lifted information on the subject and focus of the video to search for a version that was captioned. I came across the YouTube version of the video, “Inspirational Man Born With No Arms Drives His Impala & Works For NASCAR Racing Team!”, found here:

I clicked the cc button and was hopeful… the first sentence that came up actually made sense — “how do you get through your day”, always a good sign, but the lack of capitalization and punctuation was a clue that things might turn ugly, and they did.

The next line, “may get from one place to another don’t ask to the next” appeared and I knew… this video wasn’t…

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Celebrate Captioning Happening with the CCAC

February 26, 2015 Comments Off

CCAC is so busy making captioning happen that we don’t have time to write a new post! Yet we hope you find this short one good enough to re-blog and share in your own networks, newsletters, and more – around the world.


CCAC has awarded funds to three Conferences in recent days so they can include live captioning! Our programs remind conference organizers that access with quality live captioning creates access and inclusion – and it’s vital.

CCAC contributed to a February 2015 huge women’s conference!

photo of Women's Conference with captioning on bottom of large screen on stage

Huge screen on left shows live captioning.

And to a March event online with captioning – for a diverse technology group of young folks and others who want to help others enter technology careers.

And just approved a September 2015 event that offers live captioning for a wonderful outdoor week with meetings/group discussion in the evenings (to be captioned, with CCAC funds contributing).

More about these events and the two CCAC programs here: contribute and participate!  Read

CCAC speaks captioning! – the place 2 b 4 captioning advoacy


Making captioning happen!

Special THANKS to all who contribute and also join the CCAC. See webpages.

SuperBowl Accessibility

February 2, 2015 Comments Off


Thanks to Bill for capturing this screenshot – and kudos to NBC online for live streaming with CC.
All videos and live media online must have quality CC – it’
s the right thing to do. – the place 2 B 4 captioning advocacy, join today

Originally posted on billcreswell.words:

ASL National Anthem at Superbowl Inset of ASL Interpretation of the National Anthem was broadcast in full on the stream

CC Options on the Video Player Demo of the caption options available on the live video feed, live streaming captions on the Superbowl

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