March 21, 2014 § 1 Comment
A new article or blog of interest to many – following up our meeting the Silent Grapevine project:
Chuck Ray is one of the only trial judges in the world that is Deaf. He was an attorney in Anchorage, Alaska when he lost his hearing in 2007. His hearing loss had been gradual but he didn’t quite consider the changes he might have to make when he lost his hearing completely. A newly deaf person at 50 years old often faces obstacles that they don’t expect but Judge Ray took them into stride and decided against retirement. Instead, he decided that he would try to continue to practice law. This decision was not without some concerns.
How would he be able to interact with others in the court room? Would clients and/or other attorneys have issues with him and would there be any possible accommodations for him to help make it possible to continue. Fortunately for him, he learned how to lipread and while learning that skill, Judge Ray discovered something called Real Time Captioning.
Usually Real Time Captioning is used for sworn oath but for Judge Ray he gets a word for word play by of everything that is going on in his court room. When a new seat had opened on the Bethel bench in 2012, he decided to submit his application. Out of four submitted applications that had been forwarded to the Governor, Sean Parnell, his was highlighted by the Judical Council as one of the best submissions.
His deafness didn’t stop him from getting this job and the Governor has said that spending money on his accommodations is worth it for the right person. The initial set up for Real Time Captioning was $456,800 and 365,000 for each year afterwards. This hefty price tag covers $90-140 an hour for real time captionists in the court room, their transportation, lodging, and food. Often these captionists are coming from either California or Nevada and come out on two week rotations.
In order for a person to become a highly qualified captionist, they must obtain a certification. To obtain that certification, they must be able to type 200 wpm with 96% accuracy. This enables the Judge to get information in real time rather than waiting. Many lawyers and individuals that have seen the inside of Judge Ray’s Court room have been amazed at how they forget he’s deaf and his ability to keep up with what’s going on without any trouble. The biggest reason other than the Real Time Captioning is also because Judge Ray is still able to communicate verbally with his attorneys in the courtroom.
Go to HTTP://CCACAPTIONING.ORG -the website for the organization (you are reading the CCAC blog here, not the website) – and find the tab to become a member. We’ll welcome you!
(Readers – we are checking with the author now about the set up costs. It would be helpful to many to know more, in a general way, of the items adding up to that figure (mics, monitors, and other items). We know that some other qualified and experienced professionals (e.g. physician specialists) also travel to Alaska to provide services, and expertise is costly. We’ll update the information here as it is received. Update: the figures are in the news story here – http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/deaf-justice-in-rural-alaska/25045558. Now we understand better too – it’s essentially the annual cost plus equipment (we are guessing) for the first year. As the State says, expertise is worth it!)
The article above has been republished from The Silent Grapevine (TSG) with permission. Mary Pat Withem is the lead reporter and you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or clarification on any of the information, sources, or for links to her work.
March 18, 2014 Comments Off on Captions Capture the Votes! Campaign Begins Now – You’re Invited!
CCAC announces the start of a very special effort this year – aimed for captioning access for all elections taking place in 2014. Across the USA there are many – for Congress, Governors, local position and local legislature. We invite you to advocate with the CCAC for inclusion of quality captioning for all candidates’ media and also for live presentations by candidates.
Two resources as CCAC begins this campaign:
Please read more today on the webpage for the campaign here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/
If you use Facebook, please go to the special page there now, to “like” and to “share” messages with your circles. That page is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captions-Capture-the-Votes/610967952314071?ref=hl
Let’s collaborate! State groups invited! Regional and other countries welcome! More soon, stay tuned, and even better, if you are not a member of the CCAC yet, please join soon (though not required to participate and collaborate with this important campaign for inclusion).
CAPTIONSCAPTURETHEVOTES@CCACAPTIONING.ORG – Email for this Campaign
CCACaptioning@gmail.com – Email for the CCAC organization
CCACaptioning.org – Web address for the CCAC – Many pages of useful resources
CaptionMatch.com – Web address to find a Captioning Provider to meet your needs
We call for volunteers to be local contacts – get in touch soon please. Media contacts invited, as well as larger organizations with campaign experience. If candidates themselves would email us soon, even better. Cheers for captioning inclusion – captions communicate to millions.
March 13, 2014 Comments Off on Chocolates for Captioning Anyone?
Sharing a wonderful fundraising campaign going on this month in Belgium – who wants to create something similar for the CCAC? Chocolate maker? Toasty tidbits of a different sort? Email us soon, and meanwhile, for fun and a tasty treat, watch the video that has excellent access with quality captioning. Bravo, Surdimobil!
(NB: Embedding the video from Facebook does not seem to work here, as it does from YouTube. Find the video here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1394724237465670&set=vb.100007843209013&type=2&theater)
And on YouTube, voila!
And the text says:
INFO: The “Chocolate fish” operation edition SURDIMOBIL 2014 begins tomorrow!
From 14 March to 30 April, support us by buying bags of 5 delicious fish in chocolate (5 euros per bag) made by the Liège artisan Franz.
For the Easter of children, to thank the employees at work, to accompany the coffee at breakfast (and 4 h), to give pleasure to her husband (se),… All occasions are good for Surdimobil April fish! (Translated by Bing)
March 1, 2014 Comments Off on Hearing Loss? Lost in Translation? Other Difference? Gain with Inclusion!
CCAC is all volunteers – every voice, every penny, every day goes toward the sole mission: Inclusion of Quality Captioning universally.
The excellent video is captioned. So many still fail to do this for millions of us.
http://ccacaptioning.org is the place to read more, find resources, join us, and support us. Thanks if you do!
http://captionmatch.com is the place to find the captioning provider you need for your video, online course, webinar, conference, and more. Providers who bring consumers to CaptionMatch earn a special link. Email soon for more information: Info@CaptionMatch.com