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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
From the CCAC founder: We thanks Clark for being our 2nd Guest Blogger! Way to go Oregon!
May 26, 2011 § 3 Comments
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.
May 24, 2011 Comments Off on Captions for Radio – You bet it’s a good idea!
Interested in equal access?
with thanks to NVRC and HLAA for these efforts!
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 WHO IS ON FACEBOOK!
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:
May 21, 2011 Comments Off on Caption Up! CCAC Advocates: http://www.youtube.com/user/ccacaptioning