August 29, 2016 Comments Off on DON’T HAVE TO BE DEAF TO LOVE CAPTIONING!

Our short book is a paperback or kindle on Amazon. Have you enjoyed it yet?
Perhaps a good item for a meeting of your hearing loss group? For family? Others?

It’s a collection of some personal and family memories from yours truly, a deafened adult for some time now (and founder and president of the CCAC). My friends love the book – smile.

Book Cover with title and photo of flowers



CCAC Talks To YouTube/Google About Quality CC

November 24, 2015 § 1 Comment

(See Follow Up Blogpost on December 13)

CCAC Members and Friends,

Here’s a letter that two of our volunteers sent to YouTube/Google last week. It’s one part of CCAC continuing MEDIA captioning advocacy. YT/Google acknowledged it today, saying it was sent to the team…

We wrote to them again due to their newly-launched “community” (crowd) captioning feature. It looks awkward and not coordinated with what may be easier and faster quality captioning systems they already have in place for videos.

The goal is that all video content (huge, as you know, on YT) and everyplace online has quality captioning, when published. Access and inclusion with equal communication access, from day one, we believe that is a fundamental human right for mega-millions globally.



Hello …

To follow up on an earlier question (see below), …(we have) have put down some thoughts for you and Google/YouTube to consider.

Captioning is our language – and the world’s language too.
Regarding the newest captioning feature from YouTube – fan-based community captioning – we offer the following suggestions we hope will be useful.
Issue 1: Enable these features by default
Content owners have to manually navigate through a number of layers to their community settings and turn this feature on.
CCAC suggests that this should be always ON by default and that you enable the channel owners to turn it off instead.
Issue 2: Starting from scratch
YouTube expects fans to transcribe the whole thing from scratch / ground zero.
Since many content creators already have a transcript in some shape or form – such as a script or production running sheet etc, a more efficient workflow is to source an accurate transcript first and then use Google’s voice recognition technology to auto-sync it into a caption file.
But as far as the CCAC can see, there’s no way for fans to upload an accurate transcript in this manner (or a finished caption / subtitle file).
Issue 3: There’s very little scope for collaboration
Fans are expected to work in independent silos and there doesn’t seem to be any ways to work together with other fans.
For longer videos, it would be far more efficient if there was ways to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks that could be performed by different fans simultaneously.
Issue 4: There appears to be no way to fix the automatic machine generated cc.
CCAC suggests that for videos of shorter duration and with good quality audio, editing to correct the machine cc is a good way to create good quality captions.
Our group would like to help in any way we can to beta test this, support your efforts, and we welcome your interest and support for the CCAC.
Let’s talk further.
Lauren and Michael
http://CCACAPTIONING.ORG We Ask for Quality Captioning Universally. #CaptiontheWorld. Volunteer captioning advocates internationally, official 501(c)3 non-profit, join us.
Special thanks to CCAC member Michael Lockrey for his dedication to quality captioning issues, and all the volunteer time he donates to CCAC and others.
Readers here – we agree with their first reply to us, i.e. that video content owners, ideally, need to see and approve the CC before publication, yet this may take months or never happen unless Google/YT leads the way and pushes it ON by default – do it or the video will not be published. To use quality CC, any content provider can find low cost or free systems on the YT pages – it’s the right thing to do. Without quality CC, we have ramps for communications that are full of dangerous gaps.

Hot News Online – Thanks to Reuters from CCAC Captioning Advocates

May 9, 2013 Comments Off on Hot News Online – Thanks to Reuters from CCAC Captioning Advocates

CCAC has just learned that REUTERS online has captioning on all media online – way to go REUTERS news!

Go to


go to: cn=share&cid=1073408&shareToken=MzU0Mzk6MjhjZWQ1MzctMjViOS00ODUxLWJlYjItNGIxOTdjYjgxNTY2&playerName=ReutersNews

Be advised that the entire video may not be available to all without a subscription – yet for now, as far as we can tell, it seems it’s open to share with all.


We clicked in the small cc button lower right – and then quickly on all shows. The captioning started (small yet you can increase your screen size).

If they truly have this on all videos now, a good step for ALL NEWS online to follow soon.

Say thanks to Reuters from the CCAC! The place to be for Captioning Advocacy. CCAC is a hub – not an exclusive club – we welcome all who support the mission. Join soon, Free membership – go to HTTP://CCACAPTIONING.COM

Need Captioning or CART? Register on HTTP://CAPTIONMATCH.COM – a service to support CCAC volunteers.

Internet Access Success: Model for All Advertisers Online!

January 25, 2013 Comments Off on Internet Access Success: Model for All Advertisers Online!

Brilliant access via inclusion of quality Captioning! for all videos there.
And even better – English captioning is the default so everyone sees it without searching for it on the site, or on the video.
How cool is this?
Internet access for advertising – see and say kudos to all involved soon!
This is a first as far as we know – exciting!
Reminder – if YOU need captioning, register and use to find a provider. Let’s make access via inclusion of quality captioning most fashionable!
Keds Bravehearts
Keds x Taylor Swift
(And CCAC is proud to say we know folks involved 🙂

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