Over the weekend, Adam Jarashow and Megan Malzkuhn launched a social media movement for online accessibility known as #captionTHIS. Their goal is to rally people to take action on June 6.
Watch the video below for more information about the cause. The video is captioned. (Go universal access!)
Support universal access by captioning your American Sign Language videos. Please visit CaptionASL for more information.
Here is a template letter for your use. Feel free to add your own thoughts but please remember to be courteous and respectful when writing to any of the companies on the list. Send your emails on Wednesday, June 6.
My name is [NAME] and I have always enjoyed visiting [NAME OF COMPANY]'s website. However, I am unable to fully access your online videos. You see, I am [DEAF/HARD OF HEARING] and I rely on your website for news but I cannot access the information because the videos are not captioned. I know I am not the only one and I strongly encourage you to caption your online videos so that I and the million of viewers with hearing loss can access your information.
Your company can also benefit from having the videos captioned. Caption files are "Google-able" and because of this, your videos are more likely to show up in search results. This means additional traffic to your website.Please do the right thing and start providing equal access by captioning your online videos.
List of companies/organizations to contact:
Go to www.hbo.com, click on "About" at the bottom-right corner. Click on "Contact Us."
Update: invalid email address. Please use Twitter to contact Lifetime.
National Public Radio (NPR)
Under the "I Want To" option, select "Contact the Ombudsman."
Click on "Other" to submit a comment.
NOVA | PBS
Click on "Comment" to submit a comment.
Update: USA TODAY's entire feedback system is down. Please contact them via Twitter.
U.S. Department of Education
Call 1-800-872-5327 (via VRS) or 1-800-437-0833 (TTY)
The Washington Post
Update: invalid email address. Please use Twitter to contact WaPo.
On the right, you will see "Contact Us." Click on that and an online form will appear.
If you have a contact/link you'd like to add, email me and I will update the list.
You can also sign a petition to CNN here.
Questions about the movement? Do not hesitate to contact Adam.
Please share this blog post with your friends and family. The more people speak out on 6/6, the more of an impact we will make. It is time to end the oppression that denies deaf and hard of hearing people the right to access information online.
Check out the follow-up post for more action steps: #CaptionTHIS: How to Take Action on 6/6.