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Don't miss this great opportunity--register now!

What will you learn?
This course covers two critical areas in Beginner Cued Speech-skills development and context. The skills portion of this course covers all eight handshapes and phonemes used in the system then focuses on developing proficient expressive skills and beginning receptive skills. This course also covers related topics such as the various applications of cued American English and evidence based use with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Discussions on various ways how cued American English and American Sign Language can be immersed in a variety of settings will also take place.

Course: PST 125 Beginner Cued Speech (2 credits)
Tuition: $574
Instructor: Amy Crumrine
Dates: October 24 - December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to start of class.

Learn more  . . . Cued Speech



July 14, 2016

Caption Studies Conference August 1 & 2
Online Free And Captioned Too
Don't Wait Or Hesitate
Don't  Be Late Or Miss The Date

Register Now And Tune In From Anyplace On The Days
Make Note Of Conference Time Zone (PDT) And Your Own

First Conference Like This Ever!

Happy to be part of it with many CCAC members and others with thanks to CCAC member GZ who is Conference Chair, Western Oregon University, Strada Captioning, and all others involved and presenting

Go To Now to read about it, see the two day schedule, presenters page, and find the easy to submit registration form

– Place To Be For Captioning Advocacy

Any Questions: CCACaptioning@Gmail.Com





Don't miss this great opportunity-- Register now!

Registration deadline:  January 5th, 2016

Instructor Amy Crumrine, a native cuer, has taught both cued American English for 12 years and ASL for 5 years. She is also an itinerant high school teacher for the Deaf and an ASL teacher for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Her passions lie in providing quality education and support to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing youth and their allies.

Course: PST 125 Beginner Cued Speech (2 credits)
Tuition: $558
Instructor: Amy Crumrine
Dates: January 19 - May 6, 2016
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to start of class.



National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers

"This is the sign for..."  Interpreting metalinguistic references in discourse

Dates and times: Dec 8-22, 2015*
Location: Online, via CEUs on the Go
Presenters: Dr. Giulia Pettita, Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, and Mr. Mark Halley
Description: How do interpreters manage metalinguistic references, or "language about language"? Three presenters share their findings in this lecture. We are pleased to highlight this example of a collaborative research project, in which a PhD student in Gallaudet's Dept. of Interpretation joins experienced faculty as a research colleague.
Cost: None, from Dec 8- 22.
*Lecture will still be available after Dec 22, for $15.



Lawsuit against Harvard and MIT over free online courses is ongoing.

 Ars Technica
by  Joe Mullin
Oct 14, 2015

A deaf rights group that sued Netflix to compel it to caption all its video programming has reached a similar deal with Amazon over its streaming video.

Unlike the Netflix settlement, the deal between Amazon and the National Association for the Deaf was negotiated without litigation.

Amazon has already captioned 100 percent of the video it offers through its Prime Video and has agreed to continue to do so. Under the deal with NAD, Amazon will move through its back-catalog content, captioning an additional 190,000 titles which weren't given captions by the content creators.

For videos that have been viewed more than 10 times in the past 90 days, Amazon will get 90 percent of them captioned by the end of this year and 100 percent of them captioned by the end of 2016.

"The NAD is thus thrilled by Amazon’s decision to make its online entertainment experience more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing customers who also look to Amazon to fulfill their needs for comprehensive goods and services," said Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the NAD.

Read more . . . deaf rights



Language AlleyASL

By Communications Consulting Group, LLC,

Drop in and pick up a few signs!

Themed ASL Classes

New Topics and Dates
Our themed ASL classes are the drop-in kind where you only need to join us for one hour on a Saturday. Classes begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:00 pm.

  • October 4: Falling into Sign The fall season welcomes several holidays, each with a few different ways to sign them. (This class will also have a Wednesday evening session on October 8, from 7 to 8 pm ET)
  • November 4: Mommy, Daddy, and Me Introducing basic signs for you to teach your babies and toddlers
  • November 22: Sports Signs It's football and basketball season! Includes a variety of sports and positions.
  • December 13: ASL Idioms Idioms in English often don't translate well into ASL, but ASL has its own idioms.

Classes are one hour long and will be $10 per person. You must have a webcam to participate.

Click here to register!

View Communications Consulting Group Original email posting

We will connect on video using the Adobe Connect platform. Make sure that you have the most recent version of Flash installed.Click here to download Flash.

We also have Beginner ASL 2, which covers the second part of Signing Naturally's Units 1-6 textbook!

Beginner ASL 2: Meets online every Tuesday from October 14 to December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT


The ABA, one of the first laws passed by Congress addressing access for people with disabilities, requires that federally funded facilities be accessible according to established standards. The law applies to facilities designed, built or altered with Federal dollars or leased by Federal agencies. The ABA covers a wide range of government buildings, including post offices, social security offices, and Federal office buildings. It also applies to non-Federal buildings that are federally funded, such as schools, transit stations, local courthouses and jails, and public housing.

The Board enforces the accessibility standards of the ABA through the investigation of complaints from the public. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Board opens an investigation to determine whether the facility in question is covered by the ABA and if so, whether it meets the applicable accessibility standards. If a covered facility is not in compliance, the Board will pursue a corrective action plan and monitor the case until all necessary work is completed.

The new online submission form will make it easier and more convenient for the public to file ABA complaints with the Board. It also will improve how the Board monitors and tracks complaints. Members of the public are invited to view and try out the proposed complaint form which is available for comment until February 15. A published notice provides further details, including instructions on submitting feedback. The new form, which replaces an earlier one previously made available on the Board's site, will be launched under procedures that Federal agencies must follow in collecting information from the public.

For further information, contact Lisa Fairhall, the Board's Deputy General Counsel at, (202)272-0046 (voice), (202) 272-0064 or visit the Board's website.

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SXSW Report: The Future of Online Captioning

By Troy Dreier, 3/10/2012,
People visit the South by Southwest Interactive conference for many reasons. Some want to promote the next great social media app, and some want to clue into that app before anyone else. Some come for the parties and swag, while others come to promote causes and concerns. Such was the case for "The Future of Access to Digital Broadcast Video," a first day panel that explained how the government is now mandating captions on much online video, and how publishers are rushing to meet the challenge.