Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Let’s Do it!

May 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

I’m sitting in Logan Airport in Boston today and it looks like I have 45 minutes (only! darn) of free wireless connection here in terminal C. Time to type quickly – and a short post about the importance of this day – May 19th – #GAAD

It’s the 5th year of raising awareness about how vital – we say life-saving too – is an accessible web – the world wide web – for all of us.

So much of life is “e-” now – e-learning, communications, shopping banking and importantly, human relationships! For us also, for the CCAC, it’s vital for captioning advocacy, much needed.

A short video we like a lot about this GAAD stuff is here:

And more information here:

And here:

Coincidentally for the CCAC – big news – and also with a salute for this special day, we are in the process of changing our webpages, so chock full of good information – to make them accessible – bear with us as it’s the first time we are using a consultant to help with this. Soon!



Where Are All the Politicians with Hearing Differences?

April 30, 2016 Comments Off on Where Are All the Politicians with Hearing Differences?


Is hearing loss and deafness still too much stigma to show us your hearing aids, implants, lip-reading, or use of captioning? We need you – we millions of people with hearing differences globally. We’re not shy to talk about this in the CCAC!

Aiming to develop a list, here’s our start today. Please add your own information to this in comments or email to

With more elected officials on any level with hearing differences, we can see some of our goals met, right? Yes.

HOW about you? Do you want to stand for election? Run for office? Do it! Let us know.

AND – WHO will be help develop this list and take it forward in good ways? For example, talk to these folks now listed to help us advocate for quality captioning in all places needed? to advise us about how to reach other politicians? etc. Volunteer or a small team needed please. You? Say yes – with an email to now.


(Image is book cover by Philip Seib)



HOH, deafened, oral deaf:
Mojo Mathers, New Zealand – lip reading and hopefully Captions
Pilar Lima, Spain – SLUser
someone in Estonia we’re told – name?
someone in UK who heads a parliamentary committee on deafness
Lady Hove, UK wears hearing aids (patron of hoh group)

Rand Paul, USA congress – hearing aids

Adam Kosa ( Hungary)
Helga Stevens ( Belgium Flanders).

SLUsers use Captioning sometimes


FORMER HOH/deafened/deaf politicians:

Bill Clinton, USA, – hearing aids

Gary Malkowski, Canada (SLU?)




CCAC Logo with words Caption Universally



April 4, 2016 § 2 Comments

IT’S HERE! DRUM ROLL! CCAC is very proud to announce the USA’s first CAPTIONING CONFERENCE! All invited to participate online this August 1-2. Stay tuned and see below as information from the source (WOU) spreads on conference webpage, in CCAC Members’ Forum, Social Media, and more. So exciting:


Caption Studies 2016 Conference Announcement [ ]

The first annual Caption Studies conference in the United States takes place August 1st and 2nd of 2016. Hosted by Western Oregon University, the first conference will feature two days worth of speakers and panels presenting on an array of different caption-related topics—from closed-captioning to captioning research to CART to a caption user focus group. The three strands emphasized at the conference are advocacy, practice, and academic/research. There are presentations from group of stakeholders.

A free virtual conference, i.e. all panels and presentations will be streamed to the web and shown to anyone interested, the conference strives to model best practices for accessible conferences and accessible content online. All videos will be captioned, and all live events will have live, real-time CART captioning.

The conference keynote is Dr. Sean Zdenek, long-time closed caption and accessibility researcher from Texas Tech University. Zdenek’s book, Reading Sounds, was recently released to much support and acclaim.

For more information go to: [] and both redirect to this same URL.

You can find us at Twitter as @captionstudies. []
We plan to use the hashtag: #caption16
The conference Facebook page is here: []

If you would like semi-regular announcements regarding the Caption Studies conference, such as when conference registration is open, if and when different speakers or presenters have confirmed, or when more information about 2017 becomes available, watch our Twitter feed. You can also sign up for email notifications here: All emails on this list will only be used for conference related announcements.

This conference is generously supported by Western Oregon University’s College of Education, Strada Communications, 3 Play Media, and the CCAC.

CaptionStudies17 is tentatively planned to take place face-to-face at Western Oregon University in late July or early August 2017. If you are interested in potentially presenting or sponsoring some part of the conference, please be in touch.


When will Facebook show CC for all videos?

March 6, 2016 § 1 Comment

Some videos, with Open Captions (OC) give us access to videos on Facebook. Others, don’t seem to have any captioning at all. Boo!

How many of you have tried to contact FB about this?

What more can we all do to find full equal communication access on social media that most of us use every day (too much – smile)?

Please volunteer soon!

Please volunteer soon!






Make Noise: Your Voice and Vote Counts!

February 25, 2016 Comments Off on Make Noise: Your Voice and Vote Counts!

NEWEST article asking for your voices to talk to candidates this important election year:

If not you, who? Access to communications with quality captioning is our right, and the right thing to do.

How can CCAC help you get started? Please read the article and let’s talk.

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CCAC Surprises End of 2015

December 18, 2015 Comments Off on CCAC Surprises End of 2015

CCAC was invited this month to talk with three important and very different agencies about our mission, and to share ideas about “inclusion of quality captioning.” This is not a total surprise of course, since we advocate regularly and vigorously for the CCAC mission, yet it’s a good step forward for captioning advocacy to be consulted face-to-face.

CCAC Logo with words Caption Universally

Since we celebrate six years of CCAC activity this time of year also (December 19th is the CCAC anniversary date), it is good to know our voices are noticed. Even if inclusion of quality captioning does not move forward at the speeds millions of us would like, it is moving forward. Our advocacy, education, and raising awareness efforts make sense.

CCAC is a grass-roots citizen advocacy movement and we share common concerns for access and inclusion with many others. CCAC’s advocacy mission, “inclusion of quality captioning universally” defines us. CCAC is not however located in the Washington D.C. area (like many long established groups), we are all volunteers, and relatively-speaking, the CCAC is the “new kid” on the captioning advocacy block (of course we’ve been active on this issue and related things for many more years). We “meet” online mainly, every day in many ways, for “group” work important to the CCAC culture – sharing ideas, information, discussion and action online – step by step.

The Surprises:

  1. This month the President of the CCAC spoke directly with about YouTube Captioning. We are very pleased to be able to learn from them, and to “tell them our issues!” We want quality CC on all videos ASAP, and we hope our advocacy and some technical advice offered will be useful there. They said it will, and we hope the conversation continues. Fan or crowd captioning is their newest feature for YT videos, and CCAC members contributed good questions and feedback about what seem to be remaining bugs and inefficiency in this newest feature. At the same time, as always, we emphasized how important quality CC as a first thought is, not as an afterthought – and our dedication to “equal communication access” online for all media.
  2. Next week we will speak (live) to a person in the Department of Transportation (USA) about Air Travel Access. CCAC has been advocating since 2010 for this important concern. Read more on the CCAC webpage for this project-advocacy takes loads of time!
  3. Finally, at least for now, an active CCAC member in Geneva (Switzerland) will meet in person in the new year to discuss a recent WHO survey about assistive devices. Our interest is advocating for the best inclusion of media captioning, and live event captioning also, in any WHO matters and interests as they strive to promote access and inclusion of PWD world-wide. It’s a healthy thing to do.

Raise your voices anyplace you can for communication access. We hope you join and use the CCAC too – to build stronger collaborations. Join the CCAC, find us on social media, and tell others about this blog please.


Please volunteer soon!





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.

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