April 25, 2014 § 2 Comments
Saying it like it is. Few write better than Michele:
by Michele Linder
Here in the United States, we enjoy a high rate of captioning on television (though we still have our frustrations when we come across an exempt program or one where the rules have not been enforced), but New Zealand’s rate of public broadcasting captioning is less than 25%, a level well below some third world countries. Unfortunately, you’ll find those who argue vehemently as to why a higher rate of captioning cannot be achieved. You’ll even find people who make excuses as to why captioning shouldn’t be provided.
Why wouldn’t you caption? “…when you look at the adverse effects of exclusion, and consider the very weighty costs to our society, clearly, the benefits of providing captioning far outweigh any monetary cost incurred to provide…
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April 11, 2014 Comments Off on Capture the Votes Campaign Update: Maine
Today yours truly contacted the two candidates for Governor in Maine – the Republican and the Democrat.
One replied right away saying they caption all their TV ads. We replied right away and said:
a. TV is good. We are also asking for quality cc on all videos – on their media online. We pointed to their video on the candidate’s campaign site – it had only poor quality automatic YouTube cc. We asked them to update that and correct it ASAP and if they did so, to tell us. When they tell us, we’ll give national recognition to them here!
b. We also told them the campaign is asking for Real Time Captioning of the candidates’ live public events. We suggested that if they need more information for that, just to ask us. And we told them if they did that soon, and informed us, they’d be the first in the USA to do this in response to our campaign, and we’d give the national thanks.
Step by step – whom are you contacting in your State today? Governor, Senate, or House candidates?
Please cc to us when you do – cc to CCACaptioning@gmail.com or cc to CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org
Get the message? Step by step – we will make a difference with your help.
We are merely asking for equal communication access. It’s the law.