Education

Classroom Access Project completes successful second pilot

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The Media Access Australia Classroom Access Project (CAP) will finish at the end of the 2010 school year. Cerdon College, Merrylands, NSW, the host of this pilot, will continue its focus on captioned access to curriculum support materials for students with hearing impairment well into the future.

The project has been a huge success with high levels of teacher and student engagement and commitment to the concept and use of the model classroom. The key components of the project are the use of an interactive whiteboard linked to a laptop, and a Soundfield amplification system to deliver captioned audiovisual material with improved sound and picture quality.

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Disability employment agency holds awareness event

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Kalgoorlie disability employment agency Career Contact recently organised a community event to increase employer awareness about employing people with disability.

Employers, job seekers and various government agencies were all invited to the ‘sundowner’, and there were presentations by Janine Varley, CEO of Career Contact, a group that supports people who are blind or vision impaired, and Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier, who is now based in WA.

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Apple adds special education section to App Store

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If you are interested in special education apps for iOS devices, visit Apple’s ’Special Education’ section in the iTunes App Store.

The section contains over 80 applications in 10 categories for disabilities and special needs: sign language, communication, accessible readers, diagnostics and reference, emotional development, seeing and hearing, language development, literacy and learning, organisation and life skills.

Apple also has a section of their website that discusses the use of Apple devices in special education.

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Major US education access program includes YouTube in quality standards

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The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), a major education access program in the USA, has expanded its range of service endorsements for caption suppliers. DCMP already has preferred suppliers (referred to as vendors in America), but they have now expanded some requirements to include YouTube captioning.

Some of the “YouTube ready” requirements include:

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