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From the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD)
President Ron has completed a new v-log with the latest info related to the Child - First Campaign. You will find this v-log at: http://www.ceasd.org/idea/
Many deaf and hard of hearing Americans simply don't have the same level of access to broadband/high-speed Internet service in their homes, or on their mobile phones, as their hearing counterparts. In some cases, deaf and hard of hearing people do not have the same financial resources.
CSD, a nationwide non-profit organization specializing in providing services to the deaf and hard of hearing was awarded $14.9 millon specifically to create access to high-speed internet to low-income deaf and hard of hearing people.
For more information visit their website athttp://www.projectendeavor.com
Quality captioning universally is the CCAC mission. They invite you to join the online grass-roots project called the CCAC if you have interest in more captioning.
Many people cannot comprehend speech well in group situations, even with other resources and technologies. Good communications are vital for everyday life. Captioning and subtitles are required in so many places, and the CCAC outlines ten places they call the ten CCAC categories of life, from education, employment and entertainment, to government, healthcare and transportation and more.
The CCAC is all volunteers, and a "working community" online. It's an advocacy organization with members who are deafened, hard of hearing, deaf, hearing and others. Membership is free for all "consumers." A nice balance of consumers and providers are now members, all working together online to encourage and create new captioning inclusion projects. Any captioning advocacy project, from a small local one, to a regional or national project, and collaborations internationally too, are invited. The CCAC has no resources other than the energy and the large need they see for millions globally, to have real time captioning for healthy lives.
CCAC itself does not sell any captioning, CARt, or broadcasting services or products. The founder is a person who is deafened, and is also a member of many established organizations. one CCAC goal is to "build bridges" for a focus on much more inclusion of captioning.
The CCAC has developed an informative public website with useful articles and videos. It also has an active Members' Forum online that many describe as intelligent and effective. The CCAC has helped members in "CCAC Action Requests," not only for specific information, but also with "letters of support" when any member is seeking real time speech to text. The CCAC also offers public data collection documents on the website, for all to submit information about local and broader captioning advocacy, so others can be inspired, and they can share information together online.
There is much more information about the CCAC on their website, including the "Join" membership form. They welcome your interest and support! For more information visit their website at www.ccacaptioning.org
Help Support a Program to Improve Interpreting Services and Educational Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Across Virginia
The University of Virginia's Kate O'Varanese, Coordinator of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Laurie Shaffer, University Interpreter, have applied for grant funding in the amount of $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project. They have successfully made it through the screening process. Now they need your help!
Their project is designed to improve interpreting services and educational access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students across Virginia. Grant funding is awarded based on which grant proposal garners the most votes. So they are asking for your vote.
Competition is intense, they need thousands of votes to be selected. Only 2 entries a month are awarded $250,000 and there are hundreds of applicants competing for these two awards at this funding level. Vote yourself, share the link with others, help them make a difference to the quality of access services of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
To see an overview of the program and to place your vote visit this link:
http://www.refresheverything.com/createqualitypartnerships or vote via text message at 73774 (pepsi) and then enter 104126.
To read a recently published article abou thte program visit http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsrelease.php?id=12234
ASDC Wishes Laurie and Kate much success!