Captions Capture the Votes! Update: Live Captioning in Oregon This Friday!

September 30, 2014 Comments Off on Captions Capture the Votes! Update: Live Captioning in Oregon This Friday!

Would be great if the newspaper item also mentioned this, yet we are informed today that the Frideay event with Sara Gelser will have live captioning!

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/gazette-times-to-host-forums-with-local-candidates/article_f5aa26be-460d-11e4-8eed-6fa3c2c12413.html

Tip of the hat to local advocates and CCAC members in Oregon who dedicated time and interest to the “Captions Capture the Votes” campaign for access and inclusion. There is still time to ask your own candidates anyplace across the USA – read more http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/

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Election Year Update-Ohio Success with Live Captioning!

September 23, 2014 Comments Off on Election Year Update-Ohio Success with Live Captioning!

CCAC is very happy to report that a live election event yesterday in Cincinnati included live captioning for all.

We are also pleased that the League of Women Voters there responded to the CCAC campaign called “Captions Capture the Votes” and asked good questions to learn how to arrange this!

We are triply happy that others were able to see and use live captioning (also called real time or CART) for the very first time!

One in five Americans has a hearing loss. Forty-eight million Americans have a hearing loss. Others find listening in new room, new voices, or background noises to be annoying and they benefit from quality captioning too.

Ask your candidates soon – tell us if you do please. We aim to continue this important access campaign during the next two years – join us, participate, if not you also, then who? Thanks!

Read more here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/ and then email CCAC.

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Conference Captioning – Yes We Can!

September 22, 2014 Comments Off on Conference Captioning – Yes We Can!

Sharing this – because – CCAC has always said – All Graduations Need Quality Captioning.

And it’s not only graduations, it’s all conferences too, and much more.

If you don’t use the company that made this cool video, please try the CCAC service called CaptionMatch – go to http://CaptionMatch.com, register (free) and then place your request. We are not the captioners, but we help you find what you need!

 

Join the CCAC – the place to be for captioning advocacy! We want you! Go to http://CCACaptioning.org – we are the only official non-profit in the USA and internationally too that has a sole focus on captioning advocacy, and is all volunteers. Let’s talk soon.

Guest Blog on MOOC’s, Learning and Captioning

September 22, 2014 Comments Off on Guest Blog on MOOC’s, Learning and Captioning

An important review here. Access for education online – full access as needed with quality captions (subtitles) and also availability of live captioning for any in-person meetings is vital!

Please read and comment. Share your own online learning experiences also. The world needs educated and dedicated citizens, not only for first degrees, but also for life-time learning.

MOOC’s, Learning and Education.

Thanks Dawn!

Dawn is also a CCAC members. Join us in the CCAC now – if you listen and learn, or share captioning advocacy, your membership helps the CCAC continue and move forward. CCAC is all volunteers and an official 501(c)3 non profit organization. Go to http://CCACaptioning.org or email soon with any questions (ccacaptioning@gmail.com)

 

 

Love, Use, Need Captioning? CCAC needs you!

September 20, 2014 Comments Off on Love, Use, Need Captioning? CCAC needs you!

Counting on all of you who love, need, and use captioning/subtitles/live captioning of all sorts! With you, we push the mission forward in good ways. Return the short survey to CCACaptioning@gmail.com ASAP.

CCAC mission = Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.

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First, a short list of what we all have been able to create together for Captioning Advocacy (this does not include hundreds of local good advocacy many of you do) over the first five years of the still-young CCAC, an official non-profit, all volunteers:
(1) CCAC Sponsorship of free CART
(2) Captions Capture the Votes Campaign (elections with quality captioning)
(3) CCAC film “Don’t Leave Me Out!” for education and raising awareness globally
(4)CCAC Letters of Support for selected captioning issues
(5) CCAC comments to DOJ and FCC concerning captioning matters
(6)New articles (respond to requests and new topics on captioning advocacy)
(7)CaptionMatch educates others and assists anyone and any organization to find the captioning provider they need and deserve
(8) Many great collaborations with other groups (e.g. ALDA, HLAA, literacy and captioning projects, TDI conference and more!)
NOW – CCAC ready to create a few committees – very important:
A. CCAC has one committee currently with five people for the CCAC Free CART Sponsorship Program. We review applications and award the grant (or not). There is room for two more people to help publicize this more widely. And these  new committees are suggested – volunteers on any committee would do some or all of the following – open to suggestions and revisions with you: B.Membership and Outreach – invite new members; plan CCAC online meetings; take CCAC materials to other conferences
C. Communications – monitor the forum; talk to organizational friends and other groups;contribute to the CCAC blog and CCAC Facebook and Twitter
D. Fundraising, Grant-writing, and Finance
E. Captions Capture the Votes campaigns – for 2014 elections and continuing until November 2016,
F. Local (in USA or global) Captioning Advocacy Projects – what your local town, city, region needs! A team can do stronger captioning for you, and we can help each other. That’s what works best.
G. CAPs Brainstorming – general discussion of new potential CAPs for wider (national and international education, raising awareness, and making captioning happen).
 
Read this: The CCAC has potential access to some good new funds. If we can get these committees set up, then we will be more comfortable using funds for various new and good things, for you, with you, and including you.
PLEASE FILL OUT THE SHORT SURVEY BELOW, COPY IT, AND EMAIL TO CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM

CCAC Volunteer Application

Name:

Full address with country also:

E-mail:

Telephone:

About how long have you been a CCAC member? (if a member now, not required):

Which CCAC project above (current advocacy projects) is of most importance to you?

Which committee(s) do you want to volunteer for?

What is your work or volunteer experience in the past?

Your education –  level completed and the year?

Your employment now?

How much time do you have for the CCAC committee work?

  • 1 hour a week

  • 5 hours a week

  • 2 hours a month

  • or ?

Will you plan to volunteer for at least one year? Please reply here, yes or ?

How often do you use e-mail? Daily or?

Is the CCAC Google Group working for you? If not, what do you suggest?

What else should we know about you?

Other comments or suggestions: What do you enjoy about the CCAC now? Ideas for new things?

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Does Inclusion Cost Too Much? Does Quality Captioning?

September 14, 2014 § 7 Comments

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We saw again the other day that someone says,  “Quality captioning costs too much.”

Who says?

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Well, not only “some of our best friends” – smile please – but also some captioning advocates themselves.  We all know it costs, yet we implore advocates not to say that “it costs too much.”

Consider the following – what do you all think?

A. Of course it’s both for-profit companies, no matter their size nor large incomes, and also non-profits (some have very small budgets, some have huge budgets) that are loud and vocal saying that captioning costs too much.

B. Take the case of a news broadcasting company. They either assume it’s going to cost too much, or they have neglected to ask for competitive bids, or they choose to ignore it as much as possible and as long as possible, and they don’t build quality captioning into a budget line from day one. It’s past-time for all media to do this. Budget lines? You can be sure there are many (executive salaries, creative writers, advertising, and much more all costing more than captioning).

C. Do they think people with “disabilities” don’t count – enough?  Perhaps they think we’re not educated enough? Don’t earn enough? Don’t contribute to society enough? Will not want to watch their products online?

What is taking them too long to know that captioning IS GOOD BUSINESS SENSE? Increase your audience, translate your message easily, help search engines find you, and do the right thing – include quality cc.

D. For our focus, quality captioning – of course it’s not only for people with hearing loss or deafness or other conditions that require captioning. Quality captioning has so many other uses (see other blog posts please, e.g. for literacy and learning for hearing people, to communicate in a way that people with different first languages can follow and learn from too, etc.).

Our reply:

A. What does it cost to exclude us? A whole lot more than many realize.

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B. The hidden costs of losing us as part of the audience, and the huge costs of ignoring our many skills and capabilities for our larger societies (dimmed without full equal access) are large. They are not easy to quantify, yet you can be sure they are huge. As the world population looks for more and more ways to sustain healthy living, to boost employment and education, and to hopefully find new ideas to keep humanity thriving, it pays to be inclusive. It enriches the company that finds ways to pay whatever it cost.

C. At the same time, there are new systems developed to make it easier and less costly for all, including for large media companies that want to offer us (and sell to us) more and more things online. The quality of new systems is sometimes good-enough for access in some situations, and yet none yet reaches the quality and flexibility offered by professionals with training, experience, and excellent human skills.

Like all important things in life – time will teach us all more. Meanwhile, it’s choices, always choices!

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We hope more companies make the right choices for inclusion. If they do not, they will learn eventually, over time, that everyone ages (if they are lucky) and that our needs are not so special after all  – it will happen to them and their families – and then they will understand and find ways to fund equal access.

Join us in our CCAC discussions – join the CCAC from http://CCACaptioning.org

Keep in mind that YouTube and other online media also offer free tutorials online to add free quality captioning to your own media online. Check that out too.

 

Read and Reply to CCACaptioning@gmail.com

September 11, 2014 Comments Off on Read and Reply to CCACaptioning@gmail.com

CCAC INVITES YOU! CCAC NEEDS YOU :-). PLEASE RETURN THE SHORT SURVEY BELOW! 

CCAC advocacy projects raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the CCAC Mission —  “Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.” Current major CCAC advocacy projects are the following:

CCAC Sponsorship of free CART; Captions Capture the Votes (elections with quality captioning); CCAC film “Don’t Leave Me Out!“; CCAC Letters of Support for selected captioning issues; CCAC comments to DOJ and FCC concerning captioning matters; New articles (respond to requests and new topics on captioning advocacy); CaptionMatch educates others and assists anyone and any organization to find the captioning provider they need and deserve; plus many smaller individual advocacy actions summarized on the CCAC webpages. 

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR CCAC COMMITTEES: CCAC has one committee currently with five people for the CCAC Free CART Sponsorship Program. We review applications and award the grant (or not). There is room for two more people to help publicize this more widely.

These new committees are suggested – volunteers on any committee would do some or all of the following – open to suggestions and revisions with you: 

  • Membership and Outreach – invite new members; plan CCAC online meetings; take CCAC materials to other conferences.

  • Communications – monitor the forum; talk to organizational friends and other groups;contribute to the CCAC blog and CCAC Facebook and Twitter.

  • Fundraising, Grant-writing, and Finance.

  • Captions Capture the Votes campaigns – for 2014 elections and continuing until November 2016

  • CAPs Brainstorming – general discussion of new potential CAPs

The CCAC has potential access to some new funds. If we can get these committees set up, then we will be more comfortable using funds for various new and good things, for you, with you, and including you.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE SHORT SURVEY BELOW AND EMAIL IT AS A SAVED DOCUMENT TO CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM

CCAC Volunteer Application

Name:

Full address with country also:

E-mail:

Telephone:

If you are a CCAC member – about how long have you been a CCAC member? If not, you are invited to join now.

Which CCAC CAP is of most importance to you?

Which committee(s) do you want to volunteer for?

What is your work or volunteer experience in the past?

Your education –  level completed and the year?

Your employment now?

How much time do you have for the CCAC committee work?

  • 1 hour a week
  • 5 hours a week
  • or ?

Will you plan to volunteer for at least one year? Please reply here, yes or ?

How often do you use e-mail? Daily or?

Is the CCAC Google Group working for you? If not, what do you suggest?

What else should we know about you?

Other comments or suggestions: What do you enjoy about the CCAC now? Ideas for new things?

COPY AND MAIL WITH YOUR REPLIES TO CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM, THANKS!

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