As a result of feedback received from the Deaf Community, the ECA Campaign Committee members met to discuss and approve the following changes:
Equal Communication Access Blogging/Vlogging Contest
Entry Deadline Has Been Extended
New Deadline for Submitting Entries Is Now
Entries must be submitted by Midnight!
Contest Entries will be judged
Finalists will be announced
Deaf Awareness Week
September 23 – 29
Contest Winners and Runner-Ups
will then be chosen and announced
during the first week of October
For examples of ECA related blogs/vlogs, click on the following links
(these are NOT entered in the contest, but can serve as examples)
Best Blog Entry – A written blog from a deaf or hard of hearing person sharing thoughts, etc. on ECA. Blogs must be written in English, and can include pictures, etc.
Best Vlog Entry – A video blog from a deaf or hard of hearing person sharing thoughts, etc. on ECA . While most vlogs are signed in ASL, the vlogger is free to use whatever communication method desired (signing, cueing, verbal speech, etc.) however, the vlog must be accessible through the use of captions or an included transcript.
Best “Friend of ECA” Entry – This is a blog or vlog created by a hearing individual, sharing thoughts, etc. on ECA. If your entry is a vlog, you are free to use whatever communication method desired, but the vlog must be accessible through the use of captions or an included transcript.
Best International Entry – We wish to encourage participation on an international level, and thus we encourage blogs/vlogs from deaf and hard of hearing individuals in other countries, where the concept of Equal Communication Access might be different from America. If you are from a country outside of the USA, we encourage you to submit an entry! While you may write your blog in your native language, please also include an English translation within the blog itself. If you wish to make a vlog using your own language (manual or spoken), please feel free to do so, but the vlog will need to include English captions or an included English transcript.
Best Video Entry – Perhaps you want to get a bit more creative and develop a video…sort of like a short movie clip. (click here to see the ECA video as an example). This category is for you! Videos can be submitted by deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing individuals from either here in America or from other countries. Again, the video needs use whatever methods possible so it can be understood by the majority of viewers.
Once you have written/created your blog, vlog or video, post it on your own site.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOG/VLOG SITE OF YOUR OWN BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO ENTER THE CONTEST, PLEASE CONTACT VIRGINIA TO SEE ABOUT POSTING IT HERE AT THE CROSSROADS FOR ENTRY SUBMISSION
Select the category that you wish to enter from above, and then send an email to our Equal Communication Access Contest Coordinator, Virginia L. Beach (a.k.a. “Ocean”) at
In your email, please include the following:
1. Your name or blogger name (the name by which you want to be known for this contest)
2. The name of your site (your blog name)
3. The title of your post (the blog/vlog/video you created for this contest)
4. The link (URL) for your post
5. The category you are entering (you can only choose one)
You MUST send an email to be entered into the contest. Posting your blog/vlog/video at DeafRead does NOT mean you are entered. No email, no entry…period.
You will receive an email response to tell you that you are entered in the contest.