Deaf and hearing impaired

Study of Canadian TV access levels released


Media Access Canada has just released a study of captions and audio description on Canadian television which found that broadcasters are fulfilling their captioning obligations but falling behind on audio description.

The study found that all ten broadcasters were meeting or exceeding the caption quotas set by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission, although the quality of captions was variable. However, seven broadcasters were not meeting the requirement to provide 4 hours of audio described programs per week.

The study, which was carried out by Analysis and Research in Communications Inc., is the first to measure accessibility in Canadian Broadcasting since 1992.

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Report on captioning in the European Union released


The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at levels of captioning on audiovisual media across the European Union.

The EFHOH, which has been campaigning for increased levels of captioning for the last ten years, notes that some countries have made great progress in that time. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France now have 100% captioning on their main television channels, but other countries are lagging behind.

The EFHOH notes that there are 50 million Deaf and hearing impaired people in Europe, and believes that 100% of programs on all public TV channels should be captioned by 2020.

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NBC Learn captions educational videos to include all learners


NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News in the US, has announced that it will provide closed captioning on educational videos available on, an online resource for teachers and students in the US.

NBC Learn offers video resources from NBC news (the news branch of American television network NBC), documentaries and other teaching aids for use in the classroom.

Captions have proven literacy benefits for all students. They are essential for Deaf and hearing impaired students and can boost comprehension for ESL students, struggling readers and children with a learning disability.

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