“The Power of Captioning” from the CCAC

December 20, 2012 Comments Off on “The Power of Captioning” from the CCAC

“The Power of Captioning” newsletter, special edition.

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Captioning Inclusion in Action!

December 20, 2012 § 3 Comments

Loving the new photo display here:

http://CaptionMatch.com – updated just in time for the holidays.

Light the lights and ask for captioning!

Joy for the season.

Captioning Case Examples Continued…Educational and Advocacy Tools

December 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

Case Examples are wonderful educational tools – and also advocacy tools. Use this one to advocate for yourself, to explain to others what you need for communications and to participate in community events. Or use it for family or a friend, and please tell us how it goes. We’ll publish a few of these, all from the new service online to make captioning happen, http://CaptionMatch.com. If you place a captioning request on it, thanks in advance, since any revenue earned will contribute to the costs of CCAC captioning advocacy.

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CaptionMatch Examples

Case 1 – Museum Lecture

Sam and a group of friends want to go to a special lecture at a local art museum. Sam has a hearing loss, as do two other friends in the group. They require Communication Access via Real Time Captioning (CART/STTR). A couple of months in advance, they contact the museum, asking if CART can be provided for the lecture. The museum responds cautiously, saying that it might be possible, but that they have no experience with CART and they don’t know what the cost might be.

In order to help the museum make a decision, Sam fills out a form on CaptionMatch giving details about the date, time, length of the lecture, and the location. He knows about Remote CART, but feels in this case that onsite CART is necessary. The room will be dark, and there will certainly be questions from the audience which might be hard for a remote CART provider to hear. Sam is concerned that the museum might say that they don’t have enough time to make arrangements, so he adds a deadline for bids on the CaptionMatch form.

After filling on the form on the website, Sam receives an acknowledgement from CaptionMatch that the event will be posted online.

During the course of the next week, several different captioning providers use the website to look at a listing of opportunities to provide services. One of these is quite close to the location of the lecture and submits a brief proposal to offer CART athe lecture. The proposal includes a rough estimate of the cost, but importantly also includes a couple of questions about the event. The provider receives an acknowledgement that their proposal has been submitted to CaptionMatch.

The CART provider’s proposal and questions are sent anonymously to Sam. Sam talks to the museum, giving them the rough estimate of cost, and the museum agrees to offer CART at the event. Sam asks CaptionMatch for the provider contact information, indicating that the museum is willing to pay for CART.

CaptionMatch then sends the selected captioning provider the Sam’s contact information and asks for confirmation that provider will comply with CaptionMatch’s fee agreement. Follow-up discussions about details of the arrangements take place between Sam, the museum, and the CART provider. A match is made!


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Captioning “Cases” Capture Communication For All

December 18, 2012 Comments Off on Captioning “Cases” Capture Communication For All

Many interested in access will find the following page useful to educate others about our needs for access via quality captioning universally – the CCAC mission.

Have a look at this link:


and feel free to tell us your own examples too.


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Bilingual Literacy – Looking Beautiful

December 17, 2012 Comments Off on Bilingual Literacy – Looking Beautiful

Lovely to see literacy in two langauges:

CCAC cannot hear if there is any other audio on this video, yet the text is very good as “captioning.” If more is needed, we hope they check out CaptionMatch.com soon.


(above from http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z3llKtPpY90)

Sign Language Media Mavens: Caption it using CaptionMatch

December 15, 2012 Comments Off on Sign Language Media Mavens: Caption it using CaptionMatch

Sign Language Media Mavens: Caption it using CaptionMatch.

Sign Language Media Mavens: Caption it using CaptionMatch

December 15, 2012 Comments Off on Sign Language Media Mavens: Caption it using CaptionMatch

Sign Language media needs captioning for all – for millions of others –  to understand your messages, your cause, your creative expressions, and more.

Now a new service online called CaptionMatch offers a way to find a provider who can translate (from ASL or another sign language), transcribe (create a transcript in English or another language), and then add captioning (or subtitles) to the video, film, webinar, whatever. Go to http://captionmatch.com to learn more.










Register there as a “user” (registration is free for users and also for providers), and then when you get a quick email that your registration is complete (usually the same day), go to the site to place your captioning request. There’s a simple form to fill out and submit. As you all know, captioning ranges from broadcast captioning, to real time verbatim CART or STTR, plus combinations and variations such as theater and film captioning. Internet captioning too!

Providers who see the request will get in touch with questions or proposals to do the job for you. You make arrangements with them directly (ask for references or other questions, discuss the fee).

Help us spread these words! 🙂

CaptionMatch was set up by the founder of the CCAC to create more buzz about captioning, to raise awareness of the need, to educate and advocate in new ways, to make the Internet a useful tool for finding captioning where needed, to stimulate the growth of the profession of captioning (all sorts), to make it easier for anyone to ask for captioning of any sort, anytime, via the online system, and to offer providers work if they have extra time.

Overall, the world needs many more providers, and many more requests for captioning. (Keep your eyes open for a new article about “why” folks don’t just ask for it.)

Revenue from CaptionMatch will help cover some of the costs of the CCAC – all volunteers, doing captioning advocacy in many good ways for THREE years now, and celebrating THREE years this coming week on 19 December 2012. (Donations always invited using PayPal on the CCAC website, http://ccacaptioning.org).

Warmest wishes to all for the season. Joy is captioning inclusion universally!

Holiday List Time

December 12, 2012 Comments Off on Holiday List Time

From Gael below, and CCAC adds to the list please:

QUALITY CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY that serves all millions with hearing loss or deafness, and mega-millions more with language needs, i.e. most of the world.

Gael and so many groups contribute so much to the many various needs of people with hearing loss/deafness, including their shared interest in Captioning inclusion, the sole mission of the CCAC.

As the holidays roll on….

Best to all,

Lauren/founder and president of CCAC – http://ccacaptioning.org

As many reading know, Gael writes regularly and her essays are distributed widely by herself and others. We had the pleasure of doing a workshop with her, and a panel, in years past.

Below from this address online: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/betterhearingconsumer/2012/a-hearing-loss-letter-to-santa/

Dear Santa,

First of all, may I say that you are looking spectacular these days – a little trimmer around the belly and – even better –  a trimmed moustache around the mouth. We’ve never met, you and I, but if that great event were to happen, it’s nice to know that I would be able ‘speechread you’ without interference from fluffy white face-hair, as attractive as it might be.

I’m sorry I haven’t written you for the last few years, but I got into the habit of loudly verbalizing my Christmas wish-list whenever my son or husband came within earshot. That never really worked out in my favor, so I’m back to letter-writing.

And I’m desperate, Santa. You’ll see that my wish list is a tall order that may be impossible to fill.  But my dad always said, it never hurts to ask.

When asked what he wanted for Christmas, dad would always say ‘peace and happiness for the whole wide world’.  We thought it was such a silly thing to ask for – and it wasn’t a gift, you couldn’t play wear it, play with it or eat it.  But it doesn’t seem so funny anymore, because I’m asking for something almost as big.

There is a great need, Santa,not only among people with hearing loss, but also among people who are in danger of losing their hearing. Maybe you can help, maybe you can’t, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

If you’ve got room in your sleigh, I would really appreciate the following:

1. Sound Sense:   I’m asking you to pack some sense, and knock it into the heads of people who are risking their hearing to noise damage. They just don’t know what they stand to lose – they have no idea what it would be like to live with hearing loss.

You may be wondering why I’m asking for this, Santa. Earlier this week the Christmas bells were ringing – but they were inside my son’s head. He had been having a wonderful time at one of those big club parties so popular with teenagers (although not with their parents), but over the course of four hours, the roaring noise sautéed his inner ear hair cells. For two days, his ears rang so badly that he was frightened – he thought his hearing was gone. It’s not only the kids who need to hear this message, Santa.  What about the people who insist on ramping up the noise in the first place?  It’s a crime to give guns, knives, and drugs to kids, so why then is it not a crime to inflict sound at a brain-bruising 115 dB!?

2. Good, Affordable Hearing Aids For Those Who Need Them:  You know those heartbreaking images of children pressing their noses to the glass, looking at a Christmas display of toys they know they won’t receive? Well, Santa, that’s the way it is for many people with hearing loss on limited incomes.  They are bombarded with ads for hearing technology – Are you missing out? Live life to the fullest again! Our state-of-the-art technology will reconnect you with loved ones! – that they simply cannot afford. So they carry on, in a form of communication exile, or they purchase cheap, over-the-counter technology that may cause more harm than good. I’m asking you to work your magic so that governments, hearing health providers and consumers can work together for accessible hearing health care.

3. Hearing Health Professionals Who Make a Difference:  Hearing health means more than hearing aids.   So why – and please allow me just a teeny bit of grumpiness here, Santa – does my annual holiday greeting focus on offering me a good deal on hearing aids, even though I just bought new ones last year?  Perhaps you could put the idea in their minds to offer their clients helpful information such as how to navigate the frustrations of holiday communication? Better yet – tell them to invite me over for a drink!  Some hearing health professionals do that – they invite their clients in for a bit of seasonal cheer and the chance to chat with others who appreciate good communication.  Santa, please help our professionals to see beyond hearing aids.

4. The Confidence to Express Our Communication Needs: This one is important and I’m not sure what you can do about it.  I dream of the day when people with hearing loss can identify and articulate our needs – without shame and without hesitation.  It’s not just about hearing, Santa, it’s about being heard. It’s about communication, which is a fundamental of life right up there with food, water and air. That’s what we want, above all, to communicate freely and confidently.

5. Mini-Cooper car, two-tone butterscotch and black.  This has nothing to do with hearing loss, I just want one.

Was this all too much,  Santa?  I don’t want to be greedy, but like I said, we’re kind of desperate here!   Thank you for listening.  Have a happy and safe journey this Christmas, and don’t forget to wear some hearing protection – those reindeer are noisy!



International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Celebrate our Abilities

December 3, 2012 Comments Off on International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Celebrate our Abilities



With resources of speech to text (Real-time Captioning, CART, STTR, Velotype, Palantype)  – we are all included.


Photo by Giacomo, CCAC member currently in Brussels.







Want some subtitles instead? 🙂

Celebrate the day by sharing the CCAC film, edited in London, with contributions from around the world:


Need captioning, real time or subs, check out http:captionmatch.com

We all need to ask, raise awareness, advocate for captioning  inclusion universally.

Happy December to all.


Appreciate the author’s thoughts on this topic Lauren…

December 3, 2012 Comments Off on Appreciate the author’s thoughts on this topic Lauren…

Appreciate the author’s thoughts on this topic!
Lauren/founder of CCAC and newer CaptionMatch
http://ccacaptioning.org – all volunteer citizen advocates
http://captionmatch.com – want to ask for captioning and not quite sure here or how? check out the new service online

i heart subtitles

CCAC founder writing a new article – there are many, millions perhaps, without exaggeration, who think they do not “deserve” captioning, even though they do not have full inclusion without it… Your Input for Why Some Think They Don't "Deserve" Captioning.

The above blog post from the CCAC got me thinking of a similar question, is there a stigma for some when it comes to subtitles? Obviously you won’t find any negative comments on this blog about subtitling or captioning, or as the CCAC is advocating for in favour for inclusion for all in all forms of communication. But for some people it can provoke a negative reaction. This seems particularly true for those whom English is their first language and they are viewing or watching subtitled content spoken in another language. Why is that? I don’t have the answer. It is not an attitude I understand since I…

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