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.

CCAC Teams Welcome Volunteers

November 23, 2015 Comments Off on CCAC Teams Welcome Volunteers

Feel like DOING something useful for Captioning inclusion? Join a CCAC Team! Meet others, add your ideas and energy for the mission – Inclusion of Captioning Advocacy Universally.

All MEDIA and LIVE EVENTS need quality Captioning, our language, the world’s language.

Live Events are often now streamed online – not only webinars, also conferences, other meetings. Access via quality captioning for all of these please  – ask, educate, raise awareness and ask again.

CCAC Teams each have a focus – one of the several ongoing (or new) CCAC CAPS – captioning advocacy projects. See for this list of current CAPS.


Please volunteer soon!

Three teams are using Google Hangouts (GH) now – the chat system. Sometimes the whole team is there, live, real time, and sometimes only a few, or even one person who adds her or his input after reading the discussion. It works! Using a gmail address is best.

Interested? Hope so! Email



November 11, 2015 Comments Off on CCAC MEMBERSHIP DRIVE – YOU’RE INVITED!


CCAC Membership Drive Begins Today. For anyone who introduces three, four, or five new CCAC members before the end of this year, we’ll think of a nice way to reward you.

CCAC depends on new energies, more members, all adult ages. Current hundreds are fantastic, and yet…we need to build Teams. We want to continue vigorous advocacy more broadly. We’ve done a lot, and there’s lots more to do.
CCAC exists online. Considering that, it’s amazing how many good connections we’ve made together in the CCAC Members’ Forum online, all the captioning advocacy we’ve accomplished together (in many ways, some public and some not). Even silent members add “good vibes” by being in the CCAC.
Some Benefits of Membership:
The CCAC forum – offer and get ideas and advice about almost any aspect of captioning.
Meet others who share your concerns.
Make good new connections for work, advocacy, and other things.
Become eligible to apply for Free Live Event Captioning.
First notices about many sorts of captioning news.
Knowing you support citizen volunteers who care about equal communication access.
Having a place where members’ voices count.
Let us know soon, here or with an email to, if you ‘d like some help from me to contact your – contacts!  As you email them, please put on the “cc” line.
CCAC is 6 years old on Dec. 19th. Let’s shout about it. Tell others what you like about the CCAC. Tell us here! We welcome ALL who support the CCAC Mission – hearing or not, deaf or not, short and tall :-). Mission: Inclusion of Captioning Universally.
p.s. If you want to suggest a new “benefit of membership” – please do – we’re all ears!

LInk to Join the CCAC:

Your Photo Please! We Are the CCAC!

November 4, 2015 Comments Off on Your Photo Please! We Are the CCAC!

If  you use, need, love and understand why CAPTIONING is our language, mission, and passion for communication equality – send us a photo of you now please.

Informal or formal, any photo we can include publicly in a new CCAC slideshow.

Email to

CCAC Photo Chris F RN

WE ARE THE CCAC – from all over the place, all sorts of wonderful captioning advocates who ask, educate, and shout beautifully about an accessible world. We are you, me, and so many others who require quality captioning, universally.

Shall share the link for the slideshow soon. Participate, yes you can!  Photo above is newest member of the CCAC – Chris, RN who uses Captioning too.

CCAC Logo with words Caption Universally


Absence of Captioning is a Cage. Exclusion is Punishment.

October 24, 2015 § 3 Comments

“I think it’s quite true that very often people who try to break out of their perceived cage do get punished for it, whatever that cage is.” *

Is our hearing loss (or deafness) a cage where the absence of sounds are the bars holding us back? The lack of speech comprehension in people with hearing loss befuddles our human interactions.

colored cage in green, with yellow platform, and spinning wheel inside

We are stretched to “belong” – where do we belong? Do we dare to break out of our cages? Face punishment of some sort from one of many potential angles?

Yes, many of us do. We know we do not belong in a cage.

Some find a community of sign language users. Most millions do not use sign language however. Some with milder hearing loss find comfort and support in hearing loss groups, or with hearing aids and other “listening” technologies. Some undergo surgery for implants and the average improvement is about 55% hearing in the implanted ear (for some, better, for some worse), depending, as with all devices, on the situation, the voices, and the acoustics. For most, there is no cure or correction such as eyeglasses – we are far from that still.

And many others, with greater hearing loss, deafness, or knowing hearing loss is progressively worse over the years, where do we belong?

We don’t ask for this human difference. We rage, or we are proud, or we fall someplace along that spectrum, in our thoughts and feelings about being different this way – hard of hearing, deafened, or deaf.

We do deserve the resources to level the playing field. We deserve and must continue to ask for the quality captioning we need for all media online, on television, at the cinema, and in the theater.

We do deserve live event captioning also, for learning in school, for life-time learning in many places, and also online now (webinars and live events of all sorts online today). We need live captioning for face to face meetings in groups, conferences, and community events of all sorts.

The quote about a cage reminds us of another saying we find soothing at times =  “no good deed goes unpunished.”  The cage image is even more powerful. On top of being punished, a cage restricts, erases our freedom, and reduces our humanity to a basic animal level.

And then the double meaning – in a cage, or breaking out – it can be punishing – either one!

Breaking out is worth it. Finding ways with others to open new gates, explore new roads and groups, and also new technologies. We build resistance, we find allies, and we learn. There’s nothing wrong with aiming for new ideas about how to make yourself and the world better.

Wounds will heal, and inclusion happens, hopefully sooner than later, if we keep talking and also channel energies into actions. We don’t all agree on many things, including how to achieve the CCAC mission (inclusion of quality captioning universally), yet we need to connect in ways that make sense to both or all persons involved.

Carry on. Keep calm. Caption the World.


*Quote from Keira Knightly, actress, in The International Herald Tribune, October 23, 2015, page 9 under Culture.

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July 20, 2015 Comments Off on Hot Off the Press! Get your copy of “You Don’t Have to be Deaf to Love Captioning”

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