Hold the Press: CaptionMatch Launched!
November 16, 2012 Comments Off on Hold the Press: CaptionMatch Launched!
Where Captioners Meet Customers
November 16, 2012
A new service to connect people who are deaf or have a hearing loss with captioning providers is now available on the web. It is called CaptionMatch, and the working prototype is open for business.
Captioning is not only used by millions with hearing loss. It is also used by many
others for language and learning needs, as well as by Internet search engines to find
CaptionMatch is a matching service, a clearinghouse. It’s not a captioning company. It has two
1. To increase the demand for captioning services by making it easier for anyone to ask for captioning anytime.
2. To help captioning providers spread their services and knowledge to more people, whether they have extra time available to earn more or whether they need help on a
Registration is free on the website (http://CaptionMatch.com).
Read more on the website (under the tab “about”), or continue here:
Consumers fill out and submit a captioning request form. For example, they ask for CART (real
time captioning, called STTR internationally), or for captioning of an online video. When a
registered captioning provider sees a request, they send a bid for the job, or questions, via
CaptionMatch to the consumer, who remains anonymous until a “match” is made.
Consumers may receive proposals from more than one provider. When the “match” is
complete, the provider pays a small fee to the service. The consumer pays nothing to use the
service. Consumers and providers make their own arrangements as to captioning services and
pricing. Providers can also use CaptionMatch to locate a subcontractor to assist them on a
With an estimated global population of six hundred million people with hearing loss or
deafness, the need for captioning services is growing. CaptionMatch aims to increase
accessibility to needed services while offering captioning providers an opportunity to increase
their customer base and revenues. As the founder, L.E. Storck says, “We need to take
advantage of whatever modern technology offers to support people who need and want to
communicate with each other. The world needs new ideas that lead to much more inclusion of
CaptionMatch is a deaf-owned company whose executives have significant experience in other successful startups.
For further details, contact info@CaptionMatch.com.
(P.S. L. E. Storck (Lauren) is the same person who created the CCAC three years ago as an advocacy community online, now larger and an official organization. The CCAC is an energetic and active group of volunteers, consumers, providers of all sorts of captioning services (independents and larger companies too, all welcome), and membership is open to all who support the CCAC mission of inclusion of quality captioning universally. The many projects of the CCAC are described on the CCAC webpages, http://ccacaptioning.org. CCAC continues as always, moving forward, aiming to see the mission accomplished with many new captioning advocacy activities accomplished by members regularly. )