January 16, 2016 Comments Off on Have We Said Happy New Year Yet?
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL READING! HAVE YOU JOINED THE CCAC YET? WE HOPE SO, YOU ARE NEEDED AND WE VALUE EACH VOICE IN THE CCAC MEMBERS’ FORUM.
Here’s a blogpost we read today that is timely – and we are happy to share the link:
A CCAC member told us all about that post today (thanks Jamie S!) and the topic is so timely. As some of you know, CCAC was VERY active in a media captioning campaign at the end of 2015 and continuing this year – #WHccNow campaign. It was partially successful in fact (thanks Braam!) but not ALL media on Twitter or FB from the USA White House is accessible yet. Some of it is. They also have told us they are working on solutions, and that’s good to know from the top.
WE THE PEOPLE…
Now about that BIG event, the SOTU address by the President the other evening. (State of the Union). There was a lot of good-sounding hype about how it was to be ACCESSIBLE for everyone. The reality proved to be different, as the good blogpost explains. Several CCAC folks were saying the same thing.
We expect the White House to “catch up” and hopefully edit any video showing this SOTU address – any video anyplace – on social media and on the WH website, and on YouTube and on anything the WH used to broadcast. Catching up is good, yet not good enough. We need and deserve – full equal communication access. That means on time, the first time, at the same time any media is published, broadcast, uploaded for anyone. It’s a good goal.
LEADERSHIP from the top is vital for this. We the people. Yes, it’s very complicated they say to have quality captioning on so many different platforms, devices, etc. Yet you know what? We think they are smart enough to do this now. We have great confidence in the power of group advocacy, and also in the good intentions of many in government.
Moving forward – let’s make 2016 be a rock star year for INCLUSION OF QUALITY CAPTIONING UNIVERSALLY – the CCAC Mission. Join us, we need you too.
December 25, 2015 Comments Off on Xmas Gift for Captioning Advocacy Globally – We the People
Thanks to everyone working globally and in many corners of our wide wonderful world for the CAPTIONING ADVOCACY they do regularly!
Australian PM Agrees to Caption his YouTube Channel
PEACE – May the world find lasting peace with negotiated solutions soon.
AWE AND JOY for those who speak out against hatred and violence.
HOPE AND FAITH that citizens of the world will force new beginnings that achieve respect for all and tolerate differences.
ACCESS AND INCLUSION – Human Rights
December 19, 2015 § 4 Comments
December 19 is the day – we started this adventure with seven, we are over 800 participants now (members of the actual CCAC official non-profit), and a few thousands more on social media who seem to follow, friend, and become our fans – very usefully for the CCAC mission – Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.
December 14, 2015 § 3 Comments
CCAC HAS AGAIN CONTACTED DOT, ACCESS BOARD AND FAA
to support and encourage quality CAPTIONING inclusion for all in-flight entertainment (IFE), in-flight live captioned announcements, and live captioning for announcements of all kinds in airports
NEWS: CCAC has a reply today, 14 December, from an attorney at the DOT – a meaningful reply acknowledging our concerns and connecting us to the consultant who will head the Committee if DOT moves forward as in the announcement noted below. We aim to keep informed and build interest and advocacy for Air Travel Access! The Team appreciates the letter from DOT.
Reminder about this important December notice from DOT: https://cms.dot.gov/briefing-room/dot-explores-consensus-based-initiative-make-flying-easier-individuals-disabilities
and CCAC’s continuing AIR TRAVEL ACCESS advocacy since 2010 – summary here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captioning-transportation/
In the December announcement, only IFE is mentioned. A very good mention. We ask them to include the other two items so important for safety and not missing a change made by airports and airlines when one is already at the gate.
The CCAC Air Travel Access Team invites and welcomes more members! Individuals and other Groups – get in touch.
Talk to your State representatives about this. Talk to the airports you use. Talk to your national Congresspeople. Talk to the airlines you travel on. Talk to the airports you use.
If you would like us to help you in any way, email CCACaptioning@gmail.com – and help us please. Let us know you want to advocate with us.
Suggestions and strategy advice also invited and welcome, along with your energies.
Sample Message for airlines, airports, airplane manufacturers, legislators:
WE write to ask for quality Live Captioning for all aspects of Air Travel. Millions of us need real-time captioning (speech-to-text easily seen) in order to understand important airport and in-air messages for safety and changes often announced. We also support the DOT proposal to “ensure that the same in-flight entertainment (IFE) available to all passengers is accessible to passengers with disabilities.” We are not only mega-millions of people with hearing loss and deafness, we are also hearing people who cannot understand vital messages in noisy environments, citizens with different first languages, and others with different learning and sensory needs. Read more on http://ccacaptioning.org/captioning-transportation/.
Quality Captioning is Equal Communication Access under the ADA. It also makes perfect sense for safer and smoother air travel everyplace. Please let us know your interest in this equality advocacy.
Your Name here…
NB: The recent ruling for TV in airports from the DOT – for CC to be ON – was a good step in this larger concern for equal access for all Air Travel. See this article for one among many, https://www.abercap.com/blog/2015/10/06/department-of-transportation-orders-closed-captioning-in-airports/. TV is still an important news and entertainment source in airports. Now it’s time to think ahead, and think more broadly for these other issues we outline above. Modern technologies exist for air travel leaders and managers, companies and government to make access happen soon.
December 13, 2015 § 1 Comment
Good Follow Up to CCAC Advocacy about YouTube/Google Fan Captioning – see our first blogpost https://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/ccac-talks-to-youtubegoogle-about-quality-cc/, and now pleased to re-blog these two efforts from two CCAC members who are skilled with captioning knowledge and dedication!
From Bill below, and also go to this link for Michael’s post: https://medium.com/@mlockrey/there-s-one-setting-you-need-to-change-on-your-youtube-channel-right-now-325170cdfac4#.u9919wij4
Contribute subtitles and closed captions to YouTube Channels
Some channels let you contribute subtitles and closed captions to their videos. They’re viewable on the video by clicking on the [CC] icon in the player. Approved content is owned by the video owner.
Read more on YT Support https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623?hl=en
- Go to Video Manager
- Click Edit Video
- Subtitles And CC Tab
- Turn ‘Allow Community Contributions’ on
I’m told you get to review them. If anyone allows this on a video, let me know and we’ll try it out.
December 9, 2015 Comments Off on CAPTIONING TIPS FOR HOLIDAY DINNERS! JUST DO IT
WE CANNOT FIND ANYTHING ONLINE ABOUT USING CAPTIONING AT FAMILY DINNERS DURING HOLIDAY SEASON. ANYONE WHO CAN?
Of course some of the entertainment tips below are known by many. Yet for family gatherings at home, how about these captioning inclusion ideas:
- Try that new mobile phone! Whether it’s an iphone or other phone, turn on the dictation system and try it with your own voice, and with a friend, before the holiday dinner. Is it helpful, somewhat, or terrible? Let us know later here please.
- If no newer mobile phone, try the old one.
- In advance, is someone in the family a good typist? Bring along the laptop and ask him or her to type during conversations (not all the time, not at the table, but for ten minutes or so with your favorite cousin you rarely see?).
- If there’s some money available, a live professional captioning provider may be available for any event, with you in person (yes, it can be arranged sometimes for some places) or with you remotely via a good Internet connection. It costs something, yet even one whole hour is not a huge amount, and might be the PERFECT gift from someone, or from you to yourself. Start thinking about it now, and if not for this holiday season, sometime soon!
- If the TV is on, or any videos or films on a computer for after dinner fun, be sure to turn on the TV captioning (check with your hostess to try the captions before the big dinner).
- If a film at a movie theater, or drama in live theater, is planned during holiday season, find one that is captioned so that your family group can enjoy altogether. What? No captioned performances? Make noise.
Do you have other captioning inclusion ideas? Tell us! The tips above are pretty mundane and serious – yet what do you think? Will you try one?
One more thing from CCAC – if you visit any candidate during the holidays with us now, be sure to ask her or him for Live Event Captioning soon, and to use Quality CC on all his or her videos. If they actually schedule a live event with live captioning, please tell us ASAP! Read http://ccacaptioning.org/captions-capture-the-votes/ and feel free to send them the whole page. Thanks if you do this, for the CCAC project called “Captions Capture the Votes.”
With a big thanks to Gael Hannan for her inspiration, and her fabulous way of educating all of us with humor and her wisdom, e.g. this new article: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/betterhearingconsumer/2015/cheat-sheet-for-better-holiday-hearing/
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