August 8, 2018 § Leave a comment
From one CCAC Member:
When I went to Sydney last weekend to attend the NSW Deaf Poker championships (don’t laugh its a very serious event!) I had to use the trains from Sydney Airport to Parramatta (a long way out in the western suburbs).
Coming back to the airport on the Sunday, due to weekend trackwork I had to get off the train that would usually be a direct route 3-4 times and then go to a different platform as they were changing things on the run.
There was only an audio announcement made – their electronic screens did not update as they were doing these changes off the cuff…
The only way I worked out how to get to the airport was to follow people on the train with airport luggage! Such a frustrating experience and if I had of been going the other way (away from the airport) I may have ended up in Cabramatta! (a very different part of the city)
You’d think that this wouldn’t happen in 2018 but I was shocked by this and it was a very disappointing experience…I ended up catching a taxi for more than half the trip (at significant expense)…
CCAC here: Another member suggested sending the taxi receipt to the train company – yet even if that were easy, and even if they paid without a fuss, it would not compensate for the worry, and the lack of inclusion – the lack of real time captioning for many to fully understand what was happening. Live quality captioning in a proper announcement system is not hard to create, and it does not cost huge amount of money either. Our hunch is that anyone who speaks clearly into a high quality dictation system (speech to text) could provide adequate information to all with hearing loss, and for many others such as visitors from other countries, people with other audio-perceptual needs (there are many). Even better, to contract with a professional captioning company to have a professional captioner “on call” to provide live “captioning” for any emergency situations (in some cases it will save lives also).
Travels are a most important part of everyday life!
What advocacy can we help you with?
Watch the CCAC film – travel is in there (airports).
Find the page on the CCAC website, and….
Shall we aim for a new video just about TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – let’s count the ways, share stories.
Another CCAC Member added:
I was on the WA State Ferry system the other day and in fact, an announcement was made I could not understand at all. With my CI, most announcements (and conversations that are not one-on-one) are “heard” but a complete blur for me. I saw a staff person walking around, asked him what was going on, and he spoke with me- at length it turned out – his wife had just seen an audiologist for hearing aid, etc. Then he told me there was text on two screens on the ferry for announcements – then, he pointed to the screen nearest us, and said, “Oh no, it’s turned off!” – “Well, that’s no good is it?” – right!
The monitor was completely off. I am sure he went back to tell the captain or whomever (I hope).
Another CCAC Member: …have sworn off travel to some places because of that horrible sinking sensation that I am going to be forever lost in this foreign place where no one knows me and no one will find me. Once in London, someone I could not lipread put me in a cab after I discovered on a lonely dock that the ferries were cancelled that day but the concierge at the hotel hadn’t bothered to look.. . thank goodness for that stranger!
Readers – what do you think about all this? what can be done? your story?
March 19, 2018 § 1 Comment
We have a new CCAC member who has her own blog space, and this one is a topic of long interest to millions globally – read https://reelwords.ca/editing-open-captions-movies-peelers/
Added information and some of CCAC advocacy over the years, continuing:
Have you read over the CCAC webpages recently? Any questions? We love to talk!
January 15, 2018 Comments Off on CAPTIONING ADVOCACY GUEST BLOGS INVITED!
BEEN BUSY DOING CAPTIONING ADVOCACY
HOW ABOUT SOME GUEST BLOGPOSTS FROM YOU AND YOU AND YOU?
SEND TO CCACAPTIONING@GMAIL.COM
YOUR NEEDS FOR CAPTIONING
LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING
YOUR WORK AS A PROVIDER OF QUALITY CAPTIONING
GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, INTERNET, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORTATION, ETC.
LET’S TALK CAPTIONING!
FIND US ALSO VIA –
Official Non-Profit Citizen Captioning Advocates. CCAC Mission-Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.
twitter.com/CCACaptioning, http://www.facebook.com/ccac.captioning, http://www.youtube.com/user/CCACORG/videos, http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Have-Deaf-Love-Captioning/dp/1515135799
May 27, 2017 Comments Off on LEGAL VIEW FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION – WHY LEAVE US OUT?
Since 98% or more of mega-millions of deaf/deafened/hoh folks do not use SL, it’s important to have a good legal perspective for us also – many of us require Quality Live Captioning for effective communication. Essentially, the same suggestions apply as in the good article.
Read here: https://justdigitlaw.wordpress.com/
And raise your own voices.
Join the CCAC if you care to discuss this with others. We hope you do.
Related advocacy piece on our webpages: http://ccacaptioning.org/cart-captioning-healthcare/
April 29, 2017 Comments Off on EDUCATION – Teachers, please watch:
Good new video – as CCAC says for 7 years, just do it.
Much more to share on CCAC webpages – have a look soon.
April 25, 2017 Comments Off on What is the Power of Captioning?
What is “The Power of Captioning”? is an edited article from the CCAC newsletters published during 2012. We welcome your examples in comments here, and your questions, as always.
This is a concept that is vital for mega-millions of citizens who are …
- Learning to read or wanting to boost reading skills
- Learning a new language
- In need of translations
- Needing immediate transcription (full notes) without requiring note takers or a flawless memory
- Employed or at leisure with others who have different accents, in situations with poor acoustics, noisy backgrounds (sports places, restaurants and bars, etc.)
- Managing productive lives with different learning and listening styles (such as auditory perceptual differences, autism, tinnitus without hearing loss, others)
- Doing business to reach wider markets via Search Engine Optimization – no search without good captions on any media online
- Using captioning in situations rather than increasing volume, so as not to disturb others in very quiet places (e.g. libraries)
- Navigating life with different hearing or no hearing (48 million people in USA alone, one in four or five globally)
- Hearing people use captioning in all the above ways as well.
April 24, 2017 Comments Off on What Does Captioning Advocacy Mean?
In our framework, there are two main categories of advocacy – legal advocacy, and grass roots citizen advocacy. CCAC embodies grass-roots advocacy done by CCAC members and many others in many different places and in a variety of ways.
Legal advocacy takes the legal route with attorneys who are indeed “advocates.” Many times, there is no significant change or progress, in some cultures, for some issues, without legal challenges. Legislative initiatives also require legal input.
Grass-roots advocacy also accomplishes change, and significant change, in different ways. Grass roots advocacy also may bolsters future legal efforts, when and if they become required.
From the dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/advocate), advocates are those who (1) speak or write in favor of, support, urge or recommend publicly (something that is important), (2) speak and write publicly in defense of, or support of, a person or a cause, (3) plead for or in behalf of another, or (4) pleads the cause of another in the court of law.
IN THE CCAC
In the CCAC, advocacy means asking for something needed (captioning), explaining why it is needed, pursuing the request to educate others, and aiming to ensure inclusion of quality captioning. Simply this.
Simply? It all depends on many factors, e.g., the person asking, the others who listen or not, the situation, the timing, and many more dynamics, both human and technology. Yet simply asking – that is a huge first step. Asking is good advocacy.
Advocacy is done for oneself, for others, and for future generations. What each individual shares in the CCAC community builds into future advocacy, understanding and action.
Consider only one example — asking for LIVE CAPTIONS (also called CART) in a classroom. If one family advocates for full verbatim speech-to-text – equal communication access – for a student who needs it, that advocacy will educate many others, and the advocacy efforts themselves (lots of energy, persistence, and finding allies) will build future equal rights for all.
Photo of L. Storck, CCAC founder and president, at Conference in Vienna, Austria 2011
We are all advocates! Some consumers, others providers, and many using captioning for many reasons beyond hearing loss and deafness.