December 31, 2010 Comments Off on People First – and multiple identities
A hot topic – our multiple identities – our personhood – and sometimes quite a confrontational one. The CCAC encourages discussions, though our main goal is very focused – inclusion of quality captioning universally – it’s needed by millions in so many places still.
To accomplish the mission, CCAC aims to build bridges! All “identities” welcome, if the mission of the ccac interests you. Deaf? deafened? have a hearing loss? language difference? different learning style? Have a friend, family member, co-worker who needs captioning? Add yourself “in” to the CCAC to help us build more bridges in 2011. We can all make beautiful “noise” together!
We are all people first – we need all options for communication – we created the CCAC since there is no other voluntary group to advocate for inclusion of quality captioning (that we know of) that is not selling services, and not advocating for many other resources also (all deaf, deafened, hearing loss, communication, language groups and others), or, are cross-disability groups that advocate for “access” for many differences (hearing, vision, mobility, and more). All good groups! And now the CCAC also needs your membership and support to continue in 2011 – year two of an exciting new project.
CCAC Membership form here: https://sites.google.com/site/ccacgroup/home/join-the-ccac-here/for-consumers—fill-out-the-form
Happy New Year – May 2011 be your best year ever!
December 30, 2010 Comments Off on Captiview in Australia – Hear this:
Please share this widely – movie captioning in Australia. The page welcomes comments.
Movie captioning is a hot topic all across the USA, all across the world. It is shocking to some citizens that movies and television do not yet have equal communication access for all by inclusion of a quality captioning system, for all programming. Those active in “deaf” issues are aware of advocacy in the USA, e.g. the current DOJ call for comments about what proportion of cinema showings need to include captions, and the DOJ had suggested another wait of 5 years! This is 20 years after the ADA in this country. What is the situation in your region? your country?
http://www.ccacaptioning.org is the link to become a member of the ccac (free; we want your support)
ccacblog.wordpress.com is our blog here – comments invited
December 29, 2010 Comments Off on Cartoons: the original speech-to-text?
We all love cartoons – at least those that tickle our funny bones (and we all have different bones :-). The “captions” on cartoons are among the original speech to text perhaps. Who knows the full history? And in current times, cartoons seem to be a good place for free speech, we hope!
Cartoons can be funny, satiric, political, environmental, sad, even tragic. They may not include any words at all. Yet they make us all think, agree or disagree, laugh out loud, or smile. They relay a message – they communicate!
Long live cartoons. And free speech! If the world could only “caption” all our disagreements in a way that brought us all together with a smile of understanding, and tolerance for our many differences, perhaps there could really be peace in 2011.
Happy New Year to all.
December 29, 2010 Comments Off on Passionate views re movie captioning
Handheld devices for the movies with captioning? Or captions on the screen for all? A lot of different and some passionate views expressed in the CCAC members’ forum about this! Join us in our discussions soon. Join the ccac from the website – free and easy here:
December 28, 2010 Comments Off on Holiday Ears
H – holy moley – my ears are exhausted!
O – oh my gosh – my ears are still so tired!
L – love is important (understatement of the year)
I – I know, I know, I know…my deafenedness is not the worst thing in this beautiful world
D – deafened – deaf – hard of hearing – having a hearing loss – what the heck – i cannot understand what you are saying!
A – And by the way, I can hear noises and…
Y – You are important to me also (another understatement), so let’s hug!
Happy end of December and soon to be New Year 2011 everyone 🙂
December 21, 2010 Comments Off on From Access Center (WGBH) – good work
Disability organizations and individuals with disabilities have filed complaints and a formal petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which reflects frustration with chronic problems related to live captioning quality, transmission errors, and lack of industry response to their concerns. However, without a common means of measuring accuracy and quality, the FCC, consumers and broadcasters have no efficient method of tracking and improving stenocaption accuracy performance.
In spring 2010, WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media conducted a national Web survey to query television news caption viewers about the types of caption errors that impact their ability to understand a live television news program. Survey results are contributing to definition of error types and criteria for weighting and ranking error types within a prototype automated caption accuracy assessment system we are developing.
The majority of respondents self-identified as deaf or late-deafened; less than a third indicated they were hard-of-hearing. The survey presented 41 examples drawn from a wide range of major national broadcast and cable television live news programs. These 41 examples represented 17 sub-categories of common caption error types identified by the project team and advisors.
The Caption Accuracy Metrics Survey Final Report has just been published. The URL for the project Web site is:
A fully accessible pdf version of the Report is attached. The pdf is also linked from the project’s Web site.
This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Question and comments to the team here at NCAM are encouraged and welcome, as always.
Best to all,