I am passionate about captions. In fact, I like them so much that I urge everyone to consider taking part in various captioning awareness events.
CCAC Video - "Don't Leave Me Out!"
The Collaboration for Communication Access via Captioning (http://ccacaptioning.org), a volunteer captioning advocacy group of which I am a member, is launching the film, “Don’t Leave Me Out!” next week. Designed and created by the CCAC production team, you can access the video on the CCAC film on its website, Facebook ("Ccacaptioning"), and Twitter (@Ccacaptioning). After the launch, it will be available for all interested. Learn more about the film here: http://ccacaptioning.org/resources/international-media-campaign/.
Email CCACacaptioning@gmail.com with any questions, press questions, or how to promote this film.
The #captionTHIS Movement
This week when actress Marlee Matlin (who is deaf) proposed a Twitter campaign to make others aware about captioning, I was all over it. All you have to do is visit my page, the Lipreading Mom Captions Campaign, to understand how passionate I am about all media being accessible to those of us with hearing loss.
Here is how the Twitter campaign worked. For 24 hours on June 6th, Twitter users were asked to contact organizations and post updates about why captioned content is so important. Using the Twitter trending topic (hash tag) #captionTHIS, users posted why captioning mattered to them—and why every online video, major motion picture, TV program, and live event should be captioned.
Here are some of the posts that me (@LipreadingMom) and others shared with the Twitter world:
Shanna Groves: "@LipreadingMom – Weather captions can save lives. #captionTHIS"
Jamie Berke: "@DeafnessGuide – Captioning needs to be routinely incorporated into budgets and production plans, even for videos by the little guys. #captionTHIS"
Amber Zion: "@AmberZion – @CNN I had to ask my coworker to watch the video for me and tell me what was going on. #embarrassed #captionTHIS"
Rhi: "@RhianonElan – I remember when @Pixar didn’t caption #UP. It’s unrealistic to lipread animated characters. Animation must be captioned! #captionTHIS"
NAD – Official Site: "@NADtweets – @abc @abcnews Don’t leave millions of deaf/hoh (hard of hearing) viewers in the dark. Caption all online video clips and programs not on TV! #captionTHIS"
It’s Not Too Late—Support Captioning!
During the month of June, I urge all of you to fill your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media accounts with this message: ALL VIDEOS MUST HAVE CAPTIONS!
Here is my pledge: From now on, I will only post, share, or support videos that are captioned so that everyone can enjoy them.
Will you make the same commitment?
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook!
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.