INTERACTIVE CAPTIONING – COOL
December 22, 2011 Comments Off on INTERACTIVE CAPTIONING – COOL
Not to replace inclusion of quality cc (full verbatim speech to text), yet an additional feature for millions, check this out….
Greetings to New Subscribers to the CCAC Blog
December 21, 2011 Comments Off on Greetings to New Subscribers to the CCAC Blog
We welcome all subscribers here and are happy to see some new names! Add your comments anytime please, and/or say hello with a short introduction with something about your interests in captioning advocacy. There’s so much more captioning inclusion needed all over the place.
If you care to join the CCAC also, your membership (free) will add to our numbers and eventual influence – one day the mission of the ccac might be accomplished.
Cheers and best for the season – light up our shared adventures.
Three Cheers to all CCAC Members, Friends, and Followers!
December 19, 2011 § 3 Comments
The CCAC is Two Years Old Today,
Hoorah and horray :-).
Giving a cheer to you all too,
Members, friends and all who follow,
Without so many, we’d be much more — well…hollow!
With love to our family cheering squad too,
And hugs to all of you!
Caption Up Everyone – Advocate, Educate, and Advocate; Repeat!
Help the CCAC find ways to continue and achieve the mission: Inclusion of quality captioning universally.
EDUCATION: Please watch this video!
December 18, 2011 § 6 Comments
Ever doubt what a motivated deaf/hoh/deafened person can do? Watch this! Remote real time captioning (CART) is so needed in so many places by so many people. Thanks for this video, Amanda, UC Davis Medical School, faculty, and all there. With the right resources, we are able!
GOVERNMENT: And Business – Text Announcements
December 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
From Australia – and many already saying we need this in all countries. Others expressing doubts about if it will work or not (who will be responsible for texting all voiced public announcements?). It ain’t captioning, yet close!
NEW APP GIVES HEARING IMPAIRED ACCESS TO
Australian Communication Exchange has developed a smartphone app that displays text-based public announcements for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired. This will give people who are Deaf or hearing impaired visual access to public announcements otherwise made through auditory methods, such as the radio or public announcement systems.
The app, Silent Tweets, is a visual alert system for iPhone and Android smartphone users. It allows anyone who downloads the app to post and receive important information about public areas. Users are given 140 characters to write information to be shared with other users who are within the location that the announcement relates to.
Using the Global Positioning System (GPS) tool on the smartphone, the app will automatically send notifications to users based on their location. For example, if a train is running late or will depart from a different platform, a person who uses the app will be able to receive a visual notification of the timetable and platform changes, as well as a vibration that indicates a new announcement has been made.
In a statement, Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) chief executive officer, Sandy Gilliland said: “The application is a compelling idea for the Deaf and hearing impaired community as it provides functionally equivalent access to the range of audio messages and announcements that the hearing community enjoy.”
According to ACE, 50 large scale organisations will contribute to the information posted and distributed via the app. Information about traffic, weather, train services and sporting events will be available. ACE is currently working towards getting more organisations to participate.
The Silent Tweets app is one of the winners of the 2011 Telstra Innovation Challenge and will be released to coincide with the 2012 Australian Deaf Games on the 14 January 2012. It will be free to download from iTunes and the Android Market.
The ‘tweets’ posted on Silent Tweets will be screened by ACE.
story from this site: http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/new-app-gives-hearing-impaired-access-to-public-announcements with a tip of the hat to Alex Varley there.
p.s. According to our own local news last night, there are some risks attached to turning on the GPS on any new smartphone. Everyone, and that means anyone who wants to find out, knows exactly where you are, what photos you are taking where, to whom you are sending messages, etc. This may be unavoidable soon, yet if there’s a remnant of privacy left in cyberspace, one might also have some questions about this related to above. On the other hand, you can turn the GPS on and off – so, e.g. if you are waiting in train station or airport, you can turn it on during the wait.
GOVERNMENT – New Zealand, Captioning, and Representation!
December 13, 2011 Comments Off on GOVERNMENT – New Zealand, Captioning, and Representation!
Congrats to all involved with this news: http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/tv-subtitles-aid-new-green-mp-4627466
Copying it here for comments and discussion. For other “Government” matters related to captioning inclusion, join the CCAC to search our member discussion archives, read the CCAC web articles and resources, and search below for more recent news about Government – we the people.
TV subtitles to aid new Green MP
Published: 5:34AM Monday December 12, 2011 Source: Fairfax
Captioned television coverage of parliamentary proceedings will keep New Zealand’s first profoundly deaf MP actively involved in debates in the House.
Mojo Mathers has become Christchurch’s newest MP and the Green Party’s 14th MP in this Parliament after the counting of special votes.
Mathers, a mother of three with a master’s degree in conservation ecology and No14 on the party list, stood in Christchurch East as an electorate candidate and won 1347 votes.
Ironically, Mathers’ ascension knocked out fellow Christchurch East hopeful Aaron Gilmore.
The Greens’ 11.06% of the nationwide party vote saw them gain Mathers as an extra list MP at the expense of National’s Gilmore, who at 60th on his party’s list fell one short of National’s total number of seats.
Mathers told The Press yesterday, by email, she initially doubted she would make it in to Parliament.
“For most of the campaign I really didn’t think it was going to happen for me. It was only in the last week of the election campaign that I went to my children and said, `there is just a chance that I will be in Parliament after all’.”
Her disability would require special measures in the House, she said.
“My primary requirement to engage in political debates will be the use of electronic notetakers. In the Debating Chamber this will require parliamentary TV to be screened at my seat with captions, such as with Hansard.
“It is my hope that this will be available for the wider public online as well. This will ensure that all deaf and hearing-impaired have proper access to our parliamentary debates.
“Once it happens people will wonder why it wasn’t done before.”
She strongly identified with the Christchurch East electorate.
“The Brighton strip in particular – North New Brighton to Southshore – has a high proportion of green-friendly residents who are passionate about sustainable and strong communities.
“The earthquakes and the rebuild of Christchurch are obviously huge issues. However, residents are also concerned about long-term issues such as clean water, quality public transport and cycle lanes, and warm dry homes.
“Many people I spoke to want to see Christchurch become a world leader in sustainable city design with an accessible central city that belongs to everyone.”
Gilmore said he was “reasonably philosophical” about missing out.
“There’s not much I could do … I didn’t get enough votes for me personally.
“But we did very, very well, with 46% of people voting National in Christchurch East.”
He had employment “options”, but was keeping an eye on National list retirements.
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