A new national project to action real-time captioning in many places invites more participants who are ready to add energies to make it happen locally, regionally, or nationally. The “Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning,” (CCAC) is the place – a working online community (not your average listserve) that is a grass-roots collaborative of individuals from many professional and other backgrounds who understand how important captioning and good quality speech-to-text systems are for most people with hearing loss, be they hard of hearing, deafened, or deaf.
During the spring of 2007, a new coalition, the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), was established to try to fix these problems. Founding organizations include Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). As of April 10, 2009, over 230 national, regional, state or local organizations are members of the COAT.
• COAT’s primary goal is to ensure that legislative and regulatory safeguards are in place so people with disabilities have access to evolving high speed broadband, wireless, and other Internet-based technologies.