TEXT LANGUAGE – Strong, Solid, Meaningful

January 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

Speech to Text (STT) is a global term to describe all captioning, subtitles, text interpreting, and CART (live captioning).

New – how about TEXT LANGUAGE- what do you think?

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The problem with speech to text is that it’s historically used for dictation – a one-person thing – one person talking to herself more or less. Captioning is so much more than that – it’s conversation, communication, relationship!

Text Language has a nice ring to it – strong, solid, meaningful.

Did we say we like Text Language  – TL – tell us your thoughts too.

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CAPTIONING IS LIFE – Report on Captioning “Favorites”

January 23, 2015 Comments Off on CAPTIONING IS LIFE – Report on Captioning “Favorites”

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the CCAC in December 2014, we invited CCAC members to tell us about any captioned event during 2014 that was their “favorite.” We welcomed reports about live events, or about any sort of media with captioning. We numbered all entries and blindly selected a winner of a celebratory Amazon $100 gift card.

Several CCAC members shared stories, and below are selected examples. We will be distributing this article on the CCAC blog (CCACblog.wordpress.com) where discussion is welcome – and in other media too.

(For example, please join us in applauding the IFHOH journal and it’s informative issues. Find the January 2015 issue online from http://www.ifhoh.org, or directly here,  http://www.ifhoh.org/ifhohjournal/ifhohjournaljan2015.pdf )

The Beauty of a Captioning Advocacy Community – Consumers, Providers and  Others

The celebration was international, as is the CCAC itself, an official non-profit

organization of volunteer citizen captioning advocates. Indeed, more international

members shared favorite events than the somewhat larger USA-based membership.

The examples below include reports from CCAC members in Australia, India,

Canada, England, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, and the USA. We thank them all!

Some pockets of the USA are fortunate to have active local captioning advocacy

groups. Yet for many, even in the USA, choices or even occasional availability of

captioned events is not easy to find. This is true of movies also. Equal access with

captioning is expanding, yet not quickly enough. Countries other than the USA are

passing legislation for films to be captioned at production, and this is good.

Finding live captioning is difficult for most people in all countries. For

community meetings, training for continued learning, job-hunting, conferences

for work and also for valuable avocations, other social gatherings of interest for

healthy living – these are rarely captioned unless vigorous advocacy is done (asking

and asking again for live captioning, helping to find funding for it, networking with

others who understand, etc.).

 

You will find your own favorite among the stories below. For one example, seeing

live captioning at a conference (in Europe) from a provider in a different country

(captioning remotely from the USA) was most impressive for one CCAC member.

After this, she is learning how to “action” this in her own region of the world.

Another example, from someone who is both a “consumer” and also a “provider”

even with personal hearing loss – the favorite event was helping organize

educational conferences and presentations for others. At least three CCAC

members reported that helping and participating became their own personal

favorite captioned event for the year. All of these reported were outside of the

USA, though we are aware that many CCAC members do similar volunteer, and

sometimes paid work, annually, and sometimes more frequently, for many events.

Captioning Is Inclusion

Captioned events covered a wide range, from enjoying a simple new video online

to presentations for others about the vitality and necessity of quality captioning.

Among CCAC members however, we heard from only a small percentage during this

celebration. We wonder why? Could it be that many do not have access and lack

captioning in many places they need it for themselves?

 

In many countries there is no Live Captioning (CART/STTR) at all yet. We know

people are busy too, especially captioning advocates. On the other hand, as is noted

below also, perhaps some who are lucky to have choices did not care to choose a

favorite. All well and good for them, and that is why they are valued highly in the

CCAC – they continue to advocate for others – for many others.

During the five years since the CCAC was created informally, became an

official non-profit (hundreds of members now, thousands on social media) – there

have been good steps to boost captioning inclusion and to begin new captioning

advocacy efforts in many places. Established groups starting 30 years ago about

laid foundations for captioning inclusion, and continue to advocate for captioning

among wider agenda. Still other groups bring legal challenges (in the USA at least)

and accomplish steps forward for all of us.

 

At the same time, progress often feels slow or stalled. It takes many years

for quality matters to be addressed. It takes many advocates to contact video

producers continually to provide captioning for equal communication access on the

Internet, a rapidly growing medium that must be open with equal access for all.

Examples below are the tip of the iceberg in terms of captioning used and

its deeply rooted value as the receptive language of mega-millions in the world.

Captioning creates inclusion not only for people with hearing loss and deafness,

but for millions of others with different language and learning experiences, skills,

needs, and it also creates profit for companies in terms of expanded audiences and

digital presence (for searching, for archived materials, for education, etc.)

CCAC welcomes your participation and new energies for captioning advocacy,

large and small. The CCAC film, the public web pages, and CCAC activity on social

media invite discussion on the CCAC blog and in the CCAC members’ forum online.

 

Selected Favorite Captioning Events of 2014 by CCAC Members (edited to

keep the joy and the gist)

∀ I saw live captioning at a conference (in Europe, March 2014) – everything

that the speaker said was read easily on the big screen – by providers

working from another country!

∀ Went to The Book of Mormon in the theater, captioned, as a birthday gift

from my adult son. He said he looked at the captioning too! What fun!

∀ I provided captioning for the beatification ceremony of Pope

Francis…listening to an Italian translator…we had this beautiful ceremony

translated into 4 or five languages simultaneously. With about 2.7 billion

people watching around the world! Definitely an amazing accomplishment, for

me and others.

∀ I really enjoyed watching a YouTube series – all in one day – binge watching

Carmilla. Wonderful job of captioning and it was enjoyable.

∀ I enjoy the simple pleasure of being able to go to our local cinema once a

month with family and friends and catch an opened captioned movie….It’s

been very well supported by our local deaf community and also the

independent cinema owner (really just a small business owner committed to

doing the right thing.)

∀ Enjoyed working closely with my father for the first time on captioning

accessibility issues. He’s 73, retired, and losing hearing. He loves politics and

(did some great advocacy).

∀ Watching Harry Potter DVD’s with my granddaughter. We put the captions

on so that I can “hear” and she can learn to read and spell better.

∀ My first ever experience of “real time captioning” happened online in July

2014 (thank you CCAC), when we discussed advocacy. I met other CCAC

members online. A CCAC provider member volunteered services. Highly

enlightening and now I know what to look forward to when pursuing higher

education in the USA or in Australia.

∀ Watching a movie (Interstellar) with open captioning – not a common thing in

my country. This is only the 2nd movie I’ve seen with subtitles.

∀ I captioned a small video myself – for my work…and it won an award!

∀ I helped set up captioned events, talked to the public about captioned

theater, and gave talks and presentations about captioning.

∀ It’s difficult unless one walks in someone else’s shoes to truly understand

the devastation that can be caused to both the physical and emotional spirit

of a person who suffers the loss of one of their senses. My hearing loss has

been progressively severe (and I now realize) the amazing accommodation

that closed captioning provides….e.g. the wonder of watching television (along

with) not hearing music. I enjoy Dancing with the Stars and I can sing along

in my heart.

∀ I was a participant in an online course; one activity was captioning an audio

podcast. We used Amara. The other participants were teachers, so they

can introduce their colleagues to captioning…and they’ll be able to organize

captioning with their students too.

∀ There are many captioned events here because Utah-CAN got the ball

rolling… For example, when Broadway Across America came to town, we had

to choose between this captioned play on Saturday afternoon and the latest

open captioned movie, and last month, on the same afternoon, the University

of Utah football game had a fully captioned event on their new score boards.

∀ My favorite captioned event was April 26 at a Public Forum on Hearing Aid

Costs and Concerns. It was CARTed and looped; ALDs were also available.

There a good public turnout, and importantly, the recommendations stemming

from the Forum are having an impact on the policy level.

∀ I really liked this Three Stooges clip on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=aUYtrgB_e7U

∀ One Sunday in church I noticed a woman setting up equipment. When I

inquired if this was for some special event she said she wanted to become

more proficient doing real time captioning by captioning the sermon each

week. Talk about a door being opened (even with the FM system I’m not

able to understand much). Soon another court reporter came to practice; we

now have four every Sunday… everyone who has an iPhone or an iPad sitting

any place, or even on the highway, can follow the message with captioning

provided by these four amazing women. There are angels in our midst.

 

CCAC looks forward to hearing about more “favorite captioned events” (by

email) and in coming years. Perhaps captioning will be part of “normal” everyday life,

both live and media captioning readily available. Life will be accessible for those of

us who depend on words we can see.

With thanks to all CCAC members, friends, and colleagues,

Lauren E. Storck, President, http://CCACaptioning.org

Email: CCACaptioning@gmai.com

And JOIN us: http://CCACaptioning.org/

CCAC Making Captioning Happen!

January 16, 2015 Comments Off on CCAC Making Captioning Happen!

Happy to say that the first major Conference that will be using Live Captioning for all thanks to CCAC communications with them and their interest is moving forward. More details as soon as we can share more. It’s a large February conference with a major speaker and the organization was first suggested to us by a CCAC member (on FB).

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PLEASE READ MORE ABOUT THIS EXCITING CCAC CAPTIONING ADVOCACY PROJECT HERE: http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-sponsorship-for-cart-a-new-captioning-advocacy-program/
And, we need helpers and more suggestions please.  CCAC has budgeted for up to 8 conferences this year (5 large ones, 3 non-profits). You can help hugely also by going to this page and making a contribution of any size, thanks if you do: https://www.crowdrise.com/conferencecaptioning/fundraiser/collaborativeforcomm/setup_success/member
This is the newest and ongoing CCAC captioning advocacy project we aim to build on during 2015 and 2016. The CCAC contribution for each conference is up to $300.
Can you help with:
a. more suggestions for both program 1 and 2 (read the webpage cited above);
b. helpers to contact the organizations – several emails behind the scenes – we will do it with you, and easy to coordinate;
c. open and read the information and guidelines first please: http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-sponsorship-for-cart-a-new-captioning-advocacy-program/
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HTTP://CCACAPTIONING.ORG – JOIN US – MAKING CAPTIONING HAPPEN
CCAC IS THE PLACE 2 B 4 CAPTIONING ADVOCACY
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