We The People – Government & The Power of Captions
September 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
CCAC also uses the phrase “we the people,” as do many other civil rights and human rights groups. We are citizens. Staying informed, being included, and participating is of high value.
A few CCAC members currently are interested in finding ways to have towns and cities include equal communication access in all town meetings, many of which are televised now, and online also.
Captioning inclusion for all government events is vital for 1 in 7 people in all communities (people with hearing loss or deafness), and for many more who use captioning to understand fully all the different voices in a group. Additionally, many use captioning to learn English better – a good idea too.
Is your town or city broadcasting it’s town meetings? on TV? online? with Captioning? Please tell us – we understand that a few are doing this already, and we want to thank them. We also want to create a CCAC letter to educate and raise awareness across the country about this need.
Another valuable benefit is that Captioning inclusion provides a ready transcript of the meetings!
Cost? This cost item needs to be built into the budget of town meetings from the beginning of the fiscal year. If it’s worthwhile broadcasting government (which is a very good idea), then it’s also worth being inclusive for all.