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Live captions made easy

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Providing professional live captions just got easier thanks to the launch of a new online portal by Ai-Media. The captioning provider hopes that this will ultimately lead to greater social inclusion for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, particularly in education and the workplace.

The Ai-Live service provides live captions for schools, universities, conferences and workplace meetings. The system takes live audio from a university lecture, for example, and provides live captions to the student’s personal computer within seven seconds. The discretion of this system allows for greater social inclusion for Deaf and hearing impaired students and caters to the needs of visual learners and those who speak English as an additional language.


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Captions in schools for Hearing Awareness Week

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This Hearing Awareness Week, Media Access Australia’s education campaign, CAP THAT! is asking teachers to increase inclusion for Deaf and hearing impaired students by becoming Captions Champions.

Captions are essential for students who are Deaf or hearing impaired and have literacy benefits for all students. Our 2012 CAP THAT! campaign is providing free, practical tools to help teachers use captions in their classrooms. The idea is simple – turn on captions whenever you press play on a DVD, TV show or online video.

Captions Champions receive an information pack with:


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Overstream website for captioning videos experiencing problems

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Free online captioning software Overstream is currently experiencing problems with its video streaming functions. Videos can be searched for but not played online or uploaded so that captions can be created for them.

This is affecting the accessibility of some lesson plans on the educational CAP THAT! website, as it often utilises the Overstream software to post captioned videos to be used in classrooms for the literacy benefit for all students. This problem has been noticed over a span of a week with no changes and CAP THAT! has notified Overstream of the issues.


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Campaign video calls for action on captions

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A new international media campaign, Don’t Leave Me Out!, has been launched by The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) with the release of a powerful short documentary that promotes the need for captioning in everyday life.

The video addresses the gap in communication access for the millions of people who need captioning, with the aim of going viral to spread the message globally that captioning is essential for the everyday needs of people who are Deaf and hearing impaired.

With the assistance of professional editing, the video was produced in an intercultural collaboration with volunteer participants from USA, UK, Kenya, Germany, Ireland, Australia and many more.


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Web accessibility course brings skills to industry and government

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Registrations are now open for our six-week online web accessibility course, Australia's only tertiary-backed accessibility course for web professionals.

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is a joint venture between Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, and seeks to help educate web professionals in industry and government on how to include people with disabilities in their web design and development.

Digital media and technology: 

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CAP THAT! education campaign kicks off for 2012

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Our annual CAP THAT! campaign promoting the use of captions in the classroom for every student is back for 2012, providing free tools and information to help teachers use captions in their classrooms and champion captions in their schools.

In the lead up to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, Australian educators can sign up to receive their free Captions Champion pack, making it easier to use captions as a tool for learning and literacy. The pack comes complete with information on captions and their benefits, ideas for class, flyers, stickers, posters and a badge. Free resources that incorporate captions, such as lesson plans and activities, are also available for all year groups.


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