Full Access – Nothing Like It!

April 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

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CCAC member learning more about Live Captioning – great report. Thanks Sara! (Send the news to the CCAC forum to). Cheers, LS

Full communication access for all is a many splendid thing, as Sara reports here. Next time we hope they include live captioning for the breakout sessions too, via early planning, finding a sponsor, planning. .

Originally posted on Musings of a Momma:

IMG_0199My husband and I traveled to a beautiful MN resort this past weekend.  It was a weekend away, around our 15 year wedding anniversary and we were there to learn.  Chad and I went to a conference called 2015 Collaborative Experience for Parents and Professionals of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing.  This conference was put on by Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing, MN Hands and Voices and a few other organizations.  We arrived Friday afternoon and headed home Sunday afternoon.  It was a weekend of learning, meeting people, laughing and enjoying each other.

While there we learned so much and probably could write a post on each thing I saw and learned I am going to focus this on one point that was brought up at the very end of the day on Sunday.  One of the keynote speakers we had during the weekend was…

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How Closed Captioning Has Helped Millions (and Millions) Learn to Read

April 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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CCAC has reported these studies and similar before, and more are listed on the CCAC webpages, yet – always worth reading! #CaptiontheWorld
#ReadourWords
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CCAC mission and passion – Inclusion of quality captioning universally

Originally posted on Getting Your Kids to Read:

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If your children are watching television without the closed captioning option turned on, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to boost their reading ability. Let me explain.

In 2002, closed captioning was added to Rangoli, an Indian television program of Hindi film songs. Academic and researcher Brij Kothari looked at 13,000 early literate and illiterate people before the captioning was added in 2002 and five years after it was added. Kothari was looking to compare people who had a television and regularly watched Rangoli with people who had a television but did not regularly watch Rangoli. After five years of closed captioning, the results of the study showed its impact on literacy was profound:

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The percentage of school children who became good readers more than doubled, and the percentage of school children who remained illiterate was cut in half with just one hour a week of…

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#CaptiontheWorld – If you Tweet, Use it, Retweet it, Shout About It with the CCAC

April 5, 2015 Comments Off on #CaptiontheWorld – If you Tweet, Use it, Retweet it, Shout About It with the CCAC

Let’s #CaptiontheWorld — If you Tweet, please also add #CaptiontheWorld to your tweets, when it fits for you. Join hundreds of CCAC members in our mission and passion for access and inclusion via Quality Captioning.

CCAC on Twitter is here: https://twitter.com/CCACaptioning Follow us too – of course :-). CCAC – the place 2 B 4 captioning advocacy Join: http://CCACaptioning.org Email: CCACaptioning@gmail.com FB, Twitter, Blog, Members’ Forum, webpages, publications and more = CAPTIONING ADVOCACY ccaccapuniv,smaller

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

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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.

Originally posted on The Tree House.:

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

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