CARMIKE MOVIE THEATERS (& DOREMI DEVICES) – TAKE NOTE! CCAC ADVOCACY FOR ACCESS

March 30, 2015 Comments Off on CARMIKE MOVIE THEATERS (& DOREMI DEVICES) – TAKE NOTE! CCAC ADVOCACY FOR ACCESS

CCAC advocate in Pennsylvania, also in Minnesota and also in Michigan tell us about awful experiences, repeatedly, with Doremi Captioning devices in their movie theaters.

They are not working!

They try up to three times – and three devices at times – none work – they tell the local manager – nothing good happens. They are polite, they ask for improvement, they notify theater in advance as requested too, and no captioning! Zip. No access. No inclusion. Not equality of communications.

How many more folks across the USA are having same problems? We have a hunch many are. They never go back to the theater. They give up. We understand.

Because how many times can you ask? Spend time and money and energy to try again? A refunded ticket does not begin to address the frustration! And understandable anger.

There is an agreement between the National Movie Theater Association to have working devices. There is an ADA law that captioning should be operational.

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CCAC ACTIONS SO FAR:

NEW letter to management sent. (A letter was sent a few months ago due to same problem in another state).

GOOD information in the CCAC members’ forum online – from experts and others of us who want to advocate.

IF YOU have tried a CARMIKE theater too, tell us your experience. Some are caring and know how to keep the devices charged and in good working order. Yet clearly more staff training and solutions are needed now in many places. If you want to help, if you have the same frustrating experience locally of no captioning, email a draft letter to the CCAC and we’ll help you advocate also. Thanks if you do. CCACaptioning@gmail.com is the address.

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SUCCESS! LOCAL TEXAS COMPANY CAPTIONS VIDEOS: CCAC MEMBER ASKS THEM PLUS CCAC ASSISTANCE

March 27, 2015 Comments Off on SUCCESS! LOCAL TEXAS COMPANY CAPTIONS VIDEOS: CCAC MEMBER ASKS THEM PLUS CCAC ASSISTANCE

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CCAC member and advocate asked for advice and help as she started conversation with a bicycle company in the city where another organization will have their conference soon. Their video online was inaccessible (no cc). With a few email exchanges with them, and with CCAC members, she received advice and assistance. Today she sends this message, thanks Michele! This is common activity in the CCAC – please join us soon. Social media and blogs are great fun, but the real action is in the real organization. CCACaptioning.org

“As a follow up on this project, San Antonio B-Cycle has linked a captioned YouTube video to their page that contains the demo video.  I’m assured that when they overhaul their website with a new format captioning will be part of any video embedded into the site.  These people were very wonderful to work with and without any further prompting realized making their site accessible was a win/win deal.  I plan to rent from them while in San Antonio for the SayWhatClub Convention.

Thank you to all who responded to my original email about this project and gave of their time and expertise.  I love CCAC.  I can ask a question here, ask for something I don’t understand to be explained, or seek assistance and there’s always someone to step in with information.
Thanks again, CCAC members!
Michele Linder, SayWhatClub Social Media”
CCAC THE PLACE 2 B 4 CAPTIONING ADVOCACY

Viral Videos on YouTube

March 27, 2015 Comments Off on Viral Videos on YouTube

A nice note from friends in the UK about something concerning us all globally. CCAC sends many advocacy messages to many networks about the same issue, over a long time. ALL invited to use CCAC as the umbrella (hub) for local and national advocacy too. http://CCACaptioning.org has many resources, including how to edit YT craptions (machine) and more. Cheers for everyone who spreads the words.

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In this blog post, I’m going to talk about videos that have gone viral on YouTube.  You may be thinking, “What the heck has this got to do with anything about being d/Deaf?”

Most viral videos may involve people talking (in order to get the funniness bit) however not a lot of these YouTube clips get subtitled (in my opinion) and that’s the job of YouTube Auto Caption, right? This feature I would say is completely useless.  It tries to listen to the clip and guess what’s being said.  This feature hardly works when I’ve used it.

A great example is a video that went Viral in June last year, it was a airline flight attendant performing the safety demonstration and had included very humorous jokes.  When I first watched the video I was having to rely on others to ask what was being said, so to me it wasn’t…

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SUCCESS! NEW YORK TIMES HEARS CCAC CAMPAIGN, STARTS QUALITY CC!

March 24, 2015 § 2 Comments

VERY HAPPY, delighted, and thankful to so many all over the place, CCAC members and many others, for joining the CCAC captioning advocacy campaign during the past few days! Today we see THE NEW YORK TIMES acknowledges our efforts, first this way, publicly: THANK YOU NEW YORK TIMES.

Read: http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/perfectly-reasonable-questions-closed-captions-on-times-videos/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body&_r=2 (Bravo Sebastian for sending them a message they selected to use!).

And this video appears to be the first one with QUALITY CAPTIONING – on their YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnmLQse4-PQ

SUCCESS FOR OUR ENERGIES, TIME, AND VOLUNTEER ACTIONS! THANKS TO ALL!

CCAC – THE PLACE TO BE FOR CAPTIONING ADVOCACY

JOIN NOW: http://CCACaptioning.org

E: CCACaptioning@gmail.com

Of interest related to this news:

March 30, 2015: CCAC volunteers have now captioned 16 videos – they offer caption files to NYTimes! yet we don’t know if NYTimes know this or if they will reply about it. See https://groups.diigo.com/group/multimedia_accessibility/content/tag/NYT-video-volunteer-captioned to have access needed with quality CC – thanks to all doing this.

http://amara.org/en/teams/captions-requested/ is one place to find NYT videos being captioned by 2 CCAC members and anyone can help there.

http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/perfectly-reasonable-questions-closed-captions-on-times-videos/?comments#permid=14504521:14512320 is a place for everyone to say thank you to the NYT and also keep encouraging them to use Quality CC as soon as possible! only one so far on their own YT channel online.

earlier advocacy here: https://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/new-york-times-videos-have-no-captioning-help-advocate/ and all over social media (Twitter, FB, and LinkedIn). Follow CCAC on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/CCACaptioning

New York Times Videos Have No Captioning! Help Advocate:

March 20, 2015 § 4 Comments

It’s 2015 and the New York Times, a global news company, has no quality captioning on any of their many videos online! Please help advocate now by a message to any or all of the contacts below, using emails, twitter or any other methods to advocate. If you want to send a message with us, just email CCACaptioning@gmail.com to be your co-sender or co-author. Let’s advocate!

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Vital for Informed Citizenship: Advocate to the NEW YORK TIMES to create access with Quality Captioning on all their videos online. Millions are waiting too long.

Many good ideas are under discussion in the CCAC forum online too – join to participate, or email CCAC. Some suggest volunteers do captioning for the New York Times and some say it’s their job! Some want legal action. Talk to the NAD about their ideas too.

To advocate now, contact some or all of the following, using emails, social media, your other networks. Let us know if you do and let us know if they reply (so far, only a “brush off” reply similar to one CCAC got two years ago!).

New Hashtag for Tweets = #NYTimesCCvital – find, follow and use this with CCAC – on Twitter, here: https://twitter.com/CCACaptioningnd here’s some MORE contact info – give it a go, now or soon, thanks if you do!

Want more from The New York Times?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nytvideo

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nytvideo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nytimes

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+nytimes

Tell them we are tired of waiting for access with Quality CC; refer them to https://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/new-york-times-videos-have-no-captioning-help-advocate/, and/or, do it your way!

Cheers for the CCAC captioning advocacy and all helping with this, in whatever way you can.

Newest way to contact video folks at NYTimes – let’s get a good reply!

Using Emails: techfeedback@nytimes.com; jordan.cohen@nytimes.com; executive-editor@nytimes.com, public@nytimes.com, publisher@nytimes.com, nytimesnews@nytimes,com, video@nytimes.com – find more, they have many many email addresses – use one, some or all.

Using Twitter: try this one first @palafo (twitter.com/palafo); also @daniellerha and @jorcohen;@nytimestech

Using LinkedIn, the video department:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/annderryhttps://www.linkedin.com/pub/rebecca-howard/7/b82/156?trk=pub-pbmap – let’s do it together, thanks if you do!

Useful on the NYTimes youtube channel, leave a comment on any or all videos there, none have CC! See https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewYorkTimes/videos

And here’s another place to talk to NYTimes – see CCAC comment and add yours: http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/improving-article-accessibility/?comments&_r=0#permid=14355433 and also here, help@nytimes.com

e.g.

Dear NYTimes,

How much longer do millions have to wait for access to your online videos? Whom to talk to there directly please? Videos online need quality CC (not machine) ASAP.. We’ve been trying to reach your communications department, video department, and others, without any replies other than the same one line we got two years ago, i.e. “that’s an interesting question.”
48 million Amerricans and many more globally have a hearing loss. MIT and Harvard have been sued for lack of CC for their online educational media, plus many other companies. Is the NYTimes waiting for legal action to force this? Please answer us.
We represent our official non-profit (the CCAC) and many concerned others. Let’s open a good conversation with the right person there to learn more, and help you “action” access soon.
L.E. Storck
Founder and President, http://CCACaptioning.org – CCAC is all volunteers, international, and an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization
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MARCH 21  – GREAT NEW STEP in the CCAC Captioning Advocacy campaign ongoing now to the NEW YORK TIMES. Thanks to CCAC Members Michael L and Claude A for adding quality CC to some NYTIMES videos. NYTimes is doing none! Time for them to step up to the modern world. Go to: http://amara.org/en/videos/IGywCqElpUYv/info/how-a-hummingbird-flies-in-the-wind-sciencetake-the-new-york-times/
or start here: http://amara.org/en/videos/udztg33cu23f/info/workout-test-fitness-apps-vs-personal-trainers-molly-wood-the-new-york-times/
and there are more too! Find them on Amara – search for New York Times.
Good step eh? How we love the CCAC – Join us soon! http://CCACaptioning.org/join/

Just Another Day of Advocating for Quality Captions

March 9, 2015 Comments Off on Just Another Day of Advocating for Quality Captions

Thanks to CCAC member and captioning advocate extraordinaire Michele for her blog – read and learn and do the same. Need help? Talk to us or contact Michele soon. CCACaptioning.org has much more information, or email to CCACaptioning@gmail.com.

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By Michele Linder

This morning my niece shared a very inspiring video on Facebook… it drew me in.

I opened the link and began watching only to find that the video wasn’t captioned.

Boo! Hiss!

I then lifted information on the subject and focus of the video to search for a version that was captioned. I came across the YouTube version of the video, “Inspirational Man Born With No Arms Drives His Impala & Works For NASCAR Racing Team!”, found here:

I clicked the cc button and was hopeful… the first sentence that came up actually made sense — “how do you get through your day”, always a good sign, but the lack of capitalization and punctuation was a clue that things might turn ugly, and they did.

The next line, “may get from one place to another don’t ask to the next” appeared and I knew… this video wasn’t…

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