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Khan Academy adds Universal Subtitles to online education videos

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People who are Deaf and hearing impaired may now have access to over 2,400 education videos produced by the Khan Academy, after Universal Subtitles was integrated with each video to support captions and subtitles.

Salman Khan, founder of the academy, is not only expanding his reach into the non-English speaking world. He also makes his greatly popular education videos accessible to people who are Deaf or hearing impaired. His global initiative is supported by Universal Subtitles, an NGO focusing on web accessibility through captioning.


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CAP THAT! helps Australian teachers boost literacy and inclusion with captions

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In the lead-up to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, Media Access Australia has today launched CAP THAT!, a new campaign asking teachers Australia-wide to turn on captions in the classroom to boost literacy and inclusion for students.

With proven benefits for all students, captions - subtitles that include speech and other sounds - are a tool already available on many DVDs, online videos and TV programs used in the classroom. By simply turning captions on, teachers can help bridge the gap for Deaf and hearing impaired students, ESL students, struggling readers and students with learning disabilities, while benefiting the whole class.


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Term 2 shows positive move forward for Deaf and hearing impaired students

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At the end of Term 2, the Media Access Australia Education Team reflects on education access developments for students who are Deaf and hearing impaired.

In May this year, Prime Minister Gillard announced the $200 million ‘More Support for Students with Disability’ initiative. Based upon the specific and diverse needs of students and schools, support can be negotiated and implemented to ensure greater equity in education.


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