Why Caption?

April 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

Why Caption? It’s the language of mega-millions of people globally.  It really is!

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The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning, the CCAC,  sees several new energies interested in the value of captioning inclusion – among many individuals, non-profits and commercial ventures as well, since the CCAC was created in December 2009.  By this December of 2014, with five years of volunteers’ efforts, it seems that the world may be learning much more and catching up with the CCAC mission!

CCAC Mission – Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.

Of course it’s not only due to the CCAC, not at all. For about three decades, good folks and other groups have asked for the same, in different ways, on different levels, for different things, and with varying degrees of “loudness” and some good success also!

CCAC, the Mother Organization of Captioning Advocacy. First and still unique due to (a) sole focus on captioning education, raising awareness, and captioning advocacy, (b) all volunteers, (c) official non-profit organization, and (d) doing advocacy locally, nationally, and internationally. Saluting our membership, friends, and all who nourish so many others also striving to caption the world for equality and inclusion.

CCAC, created at the end of 2009, achieved 501(c)(3) status in 2012-2013, now with hundreds of actual members, thousands more on social media, and welcoming new members and supporters regularly.

We invite all others, individuals and groups, to join and work with the CCAC – together, a vision of a captioned world may become a reality faster, sooner, in our lifetimes!

Say it any way you like – caption the world,  billions word march, one word at a time, subtitles rock, we love captioning, speech-to-text is next, text interpreting is inclusion, caption everything, caption up, caption access, subtitles now, communication access, captioning is action, you get the idea :-).

Captioning communicates. The CCAC – The place to be for Captioning Advocacy. Your membership is invited. If you care about equality, and captioning for all, join us. Go to the CCAC webpages to read more, and then click here:  http://ccacaptioning.org/join/

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Read more on http://CCACaptioning.org

Email: CCACaptioning@gmail.com

You are invited! Your voice counts!

Why Not Caption?

April 25, 2014 § 2 Comments

Saying it like it is. Few write better than Michele:

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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.

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I was recently asked to write an article for Caption It New Zealand.  Below is the article which first appeared on their website:

 

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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VOTING IN ELECTIONS – BE HOPEFUL!

April 17, 2014 Comments Off on VOTING IN ELECTIONS – BE HOPEFUL!

CAPTIONS CAPTURE THE VOTES! BECOME INVOLVED IN THE NON-PARTISAN CAPTIONING ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN:

Volunteers in all states invited! We have some super volunteers in a few states already – we need you also please. A few minutes a day will make a huge difference, not only for the CCAC mission of inclusion of quality captioning universally, but also for this election year 2014 across the USA.

Read updated information in two places:

1. The webpage for the campaign: http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/

Tell us what other information you need. Email to CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org

2. The social media Facebook page for the campaign: add your voice here – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captions-Capture-the-Votes/610967952314071?ref=hl

Why? Informed voting is the best sort of voting. You want to know what the candidates are saying, all of them. You have a hearing difference, or a language difference, or you just know that reading the words in any large setting is going to be catch- as- catch- can for you (noisy background, lack of microphone, can’t see the candidate due to tall folks in front of you!). We hope you, yes you,  ask for Real Time Captioning (CART) today, from the candidates.

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Best to ask both Republican and also the Democrat candidate in your State please – for all or one office in a contest for Senate, Governor, or House.

All states have elections in November for the House. There may be primaries between now and the summer. Some states also have Senate races, and Governor races. Let us know which candidates you are contacting.

Need help to get started? No problem, email us. Read the pages above for more information too.

Voting is important – your voice counts, and your participation in this advocacy will be appreciated!

Any questions?

http://CCACaptioning.org – non-profit, all volunteer, join us, or not, get involved in this campaign for communication access and inclusion – with your participation, we’ll move forward in many good ways.

CAPTIONS CAPTURE THE VOTES campaign is asking candidates to use quality captioning on all media (this means all videos on the Internet too), and for at least one public event also. First 10 candidates to show us that quality campaign video – we’ll publish it on the CCAC YouTube Channel. Tell them. First candidate to show us a public event with real time captioning, we’ll distribute kudos to that candidate widely among huge interested circles.

Capture the Votes Campaign Update: Oregon & Massachusetts

April 12, 2014 Comments Off on Capture the Votes Campaign Update: Oregon & Massachusetts

The campaign is lucky to have Karen B in Oregon and Felicity L in Massachusetts for our non-partisan efforts! For example, they have already contacted several candidates in those two states, and Karen will copy the campaign flyer to distribute at a public event (not captioned unfortunately) locally this weekend. Thank you Karen and Felicity! Feel free to add more information about yourself below in comments, and about your state efforts.

Oregon, Washington State, and near by states in the north-west of the USA are not heavily populated, compared to, say, California. yet they are very important for the campaign – intelligent voters! Long history of valuable public servants too.  Ditto for Massachusetts! A small state with a long American history!

If you would like to help Karen or Felicity in any way, please comment below with your name and email address.

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One chore is to find direct email addresses for candidates. Our focus is national (rather than local candidates) – for House and Senate, and also Governor contests. Local legislatures are of course very important also – contacting those candidates is optional.

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Voting is a right and privilege.  Let’s set good examples for our children and future generations by asking for what we need, and by advocating for equal communication access now!

 

Hear this:

We are all aiming to get a reply ASAP from a candidate in any state that says something like this:

“Yes! Your campaign is a great idea. It’s helped me understand how important voter access to information is, and how captioning will capture my message! My TV ads are already captioned. My vidoes online have automatic cc now yet we must edit and correct those ASAP. We will notify you! And we plan to arrange live captioning (CART) for a public campaign event on (the date here in April or May or June). Thanks for the push!”

Who will be the first? What state do you think she or he will be in? We’ll be able to thank the volunteers also, perhaps Karen B, or Felicity, or Lauren S, or others working behind the scenes now! We’ll be sure to shout about that first candidate nationally – you know we can do it!

Read more today on http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/

Participate! CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org or CCACaptioning@gmail.com to communicate with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capture the Votes Campaign Update: Maine

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.

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We are merely asking for equal communication access. It’s the law.

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Who wants to be in pictures? For Capture the Votes!

April 9, 2014 Comments Off on Who wants to be in pictures? For Capture the Votes!

Calling for submissions for a ONE MINUTE video for the “Captions Capture the Votes!” campaign.

Create a video, a slide video, a cartoon video – a song video for telling candidates across the USA we want captioning access – we need communication access with quality captions for their media and for their live events too.

Read about the campaign here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/

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Interview an older voter with hearing loss?

Find a candidate who agrees with us and is “actioning”  captining…

Film a selfie with your best one minute message for the campaign?

Become a star for us – send it to us soon!

http://CCACaptioning.org

CCAC – THE PLACE TO BE FOR CAPTIONING ADVOCACY

EMAIL CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM OR CAPTURETHEVOTES@CCACAPTIONING.ORG

Let’s talk soon!

 

 

 

 

Whole Lot of Captioning Advocacy Going On

April 7, 2014 Comments Off on Whole Lot of Captioning Advocacy Going On

In 2014 across the USA there are 435 contests for the House of Representatives. Citizen advoates are contacting them, state by state, to ask for access with quality captioning for all their media – television and also Internet – and for live quality real time captioning for their public events – speeches, town meetings, all public meetings. We need you too.

See this resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2014#Massachusetts

Find your state.

Find a friend or two to help, or do it alone – contact both Democratic and Republican candidates now. Send the the campaign flyer below, and use the model email (or in your own words) for the campaign that is found here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/

Tell us you are working with us by email to CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org, we’re here to help.

Any questions? Leave a comment below, or email us, or use the Facebook page for the campaign.

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Let’s get our message out to help candidates get their messages to all voters.

Thanks if you do.

CCAC – the place to be for captioning advocacy.

 

 

 

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