Kudos to EFHOH: “State of Subtitling Access in EU”

May 29, 2011 Comments Off on Kudos to EFHOH: “State of Subtitling Access in EU”

Congrats to the EFHOH for this Report on “Subtitling” in the EU: one can see the amount of work that went in to creating this good summary. It outlines the current situation, and is also a strong call for much more action, for subtitling (captioning) inclusion – on television, and beyond.



Sports Access – Captioning Inclusion Brings them In!

May 28, 2011 Comments Off on Sports Access – Captioning Inclusion Brings them In!

Guest Blog from OR-CAP:

Since January 2009, Oregon Communication Access Project (OR-CAP) and

HLA-Lane County, Oregon, have advocated for open captioning on a

display board in the line of sight (“banner captioning”) at Matthew
Knight Arena (Matt Court), the new basketball arena at the University
of Oregon.   Matt Court is just one of the University of Oregon venues
where we hope to get full accessibility for people who are Hard of
Hearing or Deaf.  Not until recently, though, did the University
Athletic Department show any indication of movement in that direction
even though when we started this effort before ground-breaking had

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 members of OR-CAP, HLA-Lane County, OR-CAP’s
counsel John Waldo and other interested people who hear normally or
are Deaf and Hard of Hearing  met with the U of O Athletic Department
to discuss the situation and make clear the conditions of Title II of
the ADA that apply to the University as a public institution.  As a
result, the Athletic Department agreed to work with OR-CAP to
determine the methods captions will be provided most effectively the
various kinds of events held in Matt Court.

The University has not resisted providing accommodations for Hard of
Hearing and Deaf but has resisted providing captions in the manner
Hard of Hearing and Deaf consumers prefer (cf.ADA Title II).  To date
captions have been delivered, when they have been provided, using
handheld captioning receivers in spite of the fact that OR-CAP and HLA-
Lane County members tested the handheld caption receivers and found
them ineffective.  For that reason, we are asking people to support
our effort to obtain banner captions where appropriate by signing our
online petition at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/captions-at-university-of-oregon-venues.html
as we continue to resist the University’s preference for handheld
caption receivers.

Please note that we are not just interested in getting captions, and
captions as preferred by Hard of Hearing and Deaf consumers, at Matt
Court.  We expect that our work with the University on Matt Court will
be continued at other University of Oregon venues.

If you have any questions or concerns, or want to get more background
information please let me know at or.cap.comm@gmail.com.  If you know
others who you think would like to consider signing this petition,
please feel free to forward this email to them.

Thanks for your support!
Clark Anderson

From the CCAC founder: We thanks Clark for being our 2nd Guest Blogger! Way to go Oregon!

Effective Communication Includes Captions/Captioning/Subtitles

May 26, 2011 § 3 Comments


need ADA document – try this one; cart called “real‐time computer‐aided transcription services” –  at least it’s here!  and a lot of “captioning” mentioned too.
and yet…not translation, not language –
captioning (speech to text, real time or prepared) serves so many millions, e.g. beyond people who are deaf and have a hearing loss –  people with language and learning differences, those with different communication needs such as people with ADD, with autism, and more, that “all forms of captioning and speech-to-text” or translation, the original meaning for the T in cart might be useful…maybe next time :-).
no matter what its called – captioning, cart, real time captioning, real time speech-to-text, open or closed, and more, this friendly mulit-named octopus is our language, our ramp for inclusion, and hopefully someone “at the top” will be able to advance a coherent and effective message that captioning is needed universally; it’s in the document – now let’s get the word out more loudly.


ccac is the place to be for captioning advocacy

Deaf power (!) and Caption power (!)

May 26, 2011 Comments Off on Deaf power (!) and Caption power (!)

Deaf groups and individuals (that’s Deaf with a capital D for Deafhood, Deaf Identity and associated culture, language)……Deaf groups were protesting around the world yesterday in support of Italian Sign Language. Good for them. More power to them! We admire their concerted efforts.

Meanwhile, millions of “deaf, deafened, and people with hearing loss” – 95% or more of all Deaf, deaf, deafened, and those with hearing loss, who do not use Sign Language and often need Captioning as their receptive language – seem to lack a “voice” – where are the protests?

Where is coordinated action and a coherent agenda to demand inclusion of quality captioning universally? Captioning is our ramp for equal access. It’s our right (also) and a choice. More power to captioning also.

Get on board. Understand these needs also. The CCAC is one place, yet if there is anyone or any group who can organize real action for INCLUSION OF CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY – go for it, tell us more soon.

Individual advocates and good organizations do a lot to make noise for captioning inclusion – among many other resources they also advocate for – in pieces – in movies, in museums, in other places – and very effectively at times. We applaud them also. Yet this is something different from coordinated action for captioning inclusion universally – removing bariers across so many places where no one mentions captioning yet at all.

It involves recognition that Caption is a powerful word. It’s so much more than a line under a photo, a bubble in a cartoon! It’s verbatim speech to text translation, and like all other valuable translations, it connects people, it includes us.

For one example, today we are informed that a huge event at major national cultural center mentions that Sign Language is available, and there is no mention of captioning at all. Not even mention that captioning is available on request! Advocates have spoken with this esteemed institution in past years. Is it to fall through the cracks, again? Do we need to remind each and every venue, over and over again, to mention that captioning is available also, each and every year?

Captioning serves millions who are not deaf also, millions who use it for other valid reasons – for literacy, for language differences, for a variety of real learning differences, for record-keeping, and more.

Captions for Radio – You bet it’s a good idea!

May 24, 2011 Comments Off on Captions for Radio – You bet it’s a good idea!

Interested in equal access?
See: http://www.hearingloss.org/advocacy/pdfs/Captioned_Radio_Letter_to_CPB.pdf
with thanks to NVRC and HLAA for these efforts!

Who wants to remove barriers? Captions remove communication barriers.

May 23, 2011 Comments Off on Who wants to remove barriers? Captions remove communication barriers.

Thanks to the IFHOH newsletter for pointing us to this information:

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants
to hear from persons with disabilities about
what can be done to remove barriers to
inclusion. It invites everyone to participate in
the discussion by joining its Facebook page. In
addition, Facebook participants will receive
regular updates on the World Report on
Disability, including its global launch on June 9,
2011. This Facebook page will be the main
channel for the WHO’s disability dialogue.
Find the WHO’s official Facebook page at:

Caption Up! CCAC Advocates: http://www.youtube.com/user/ccacaptioning

May 21, 2011 Comments Off on Caption Up! CCAC Advocates: http://www.youtube.com/user/ccacaptioning

Please help us spread the word! CCAC invites you to submit a short video of yourself, or something or somebody else in your life, to illustrate how important inclusion of quality captioning is for you.
How it makes you come alive again? How it is vital for school? for work? For community meetings? And your ideas invited!
Consumers and providers and organizations all welcome to submit a ONE minute video for the new CCAC Channel online, with captioning (if you need guidance, join the CCAC and just ask :-).
Have a look here, the CCAC Channel called “Caption Up! CCAC Advocates

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