Summer is here and some of us are spending some hard earned money to take a vacation.  Some of those hard earned travellers are also hearing impaired and are consumers of the airline and cruise industry.

36 million Americans are hearing impaired and/or deaf, yet we are still struggling to obtain captioning on television, the internet, movie theatres, broadway shows and many other places.  Within the next few weeks, I’ll be flying several planes and cruising Alaska.  However, I can bet my airline ticket that the shows and movies I will be entertained by, will not be captioned.

So, what’s a customer to do? I am a full ticket paying customer who just wants to enjoy the flight and cruise like everyone else.  I’m not deaf but watching a show is more enjoyable if I can understand what’s being said and the only way I can get the speech is through captions.  I feel as though I spend half my life advocating and the other half is spent learning about social media. I can’t help but say to myself, 36 million Americans are hearing impaired, why aren’t we all out there advocating for universal captioning?

Then again, could you imagine if we all showed up at the White House lawn to make a statement? Time to speak up.  This country has allowed the silence to take over.  The more silent we are, the less power we have to make change.  Help advocate for captioning.  How? If you have a favorite show on t.v. thats not captioned, write the producers of the show.  If your favorite show is captioned, write a letter thanking them.  Join the battle by joining CCAC and get informed.

Educating yourself as a consumer is the most important thing.  We deserve it.


  1. Yep, I hear you!! I travel a lot , mostly in the U.S., but also abroad. It would have been so nice to watch a captioned movie or TV show on my flight to and from Ireland. Instead, I had the option of watching something I’d already seen — no figuring out the storyline required –, struggling to figure out something new without understanding the dialogue or environmental sounds, or just giving up and not watching anything at all. I chose to watch nothing at all and slept most of the flight to Dublin. However, on the return flight, I chose to watch the season opener of “Dexter”, as I had been waiting for it to come available on DVD. I did enjoy the show, but I’m clueless as to what exactly happened in several places. The visual is just not enough, and catching a word here or there by lipreading wasn’t enough to make sense of the dialogue, so I’ll still have to order the DVD. Sigh… it did help pass the time on the long, flight, though… especially since we were diverted to another airport and sat on the tarmac for hours. :o) You know all about that!! :o)

    That’s something I’d like to see, Pearl, every single one of us 36 million Americans who are hearing impaired standing on the White House lawn!! Maybe then, the hearing public, organizations who post videos online, and providers in the travel industry and other places where captioning would help us, would get a visual grasp of how many frustrated people there are that NEED captioning. It’s not something extra we are asking for to simply stroke our egos, we really would just like to be able to understand as well as a hearing person!!

    Have a great trip!!

  2. I could not agree with you more. We need to make our voices heard, but it seems that the Congress and business are deaf to our needs.
    I am ready and willing to march on DC if they rest of you will, we do need universal captions and we need them now.
    CCAC is a great organization that has offered to help me in a situation and I have met some of the other members of CCAC and they are terrific advocates but we need more, many, many more.
    So folks do check out ccac and join and also spread the word.

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