I'm finding myself becoming more "caption dependent" all the time. This week I went to a movie with open captions that I wouldn't have gone to otherwise. The movie (Duplicity) was so-so as I expected but getting to see the dialogue was very enjoyable. In my house, it's become standard practice to switch the captions on for a DVD as soon as the previews are finished.
That's why I want to take a moment to salute Bill Cresswell, whose personal mission is "captioning the Internet one video at a time". He has published an Open Letter to Studios and TV Networks calling for them to caption internet videos. In the meantime, he has stepped up to the challenge of captioning videos for those of us who need them through his website. He regularly captions movie trailers and will caption videos upon request. I asked for his help once and he responded very quickly to my request. He does this on his own time at no charge. His website even includes a link to donate to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, an organization in his local community.
Bill is hearing. He is a self described "web developer, family guy, and singing fool". He works for a theatre that provides captions and described audio (for the blind). He's learning ASL and is a true friend to the deaf and hard of hearing.
From the bottom of my heart, Bill, thank you for all you do.