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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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Latest MAA Annual Report now available online

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Media Access Australia held its AGM on 26 October 2010 and approved the annual report and accounts. Media Access Australia had a successful year with significant progress in cinema, education, television, downloads, and digital technology and online media access.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley said, “I am pleased to see continuous progress in media access, particularly in the rapidly changing new media area. We have firmly established ourselves as the first port of call for consumers, government and business for issues connected with media access. None of this could happen without our successful collaboration with community organisations and international partners.”

“Our team is continuing to grow and it is a pleasure to work with such knowledgeable and passionate people.”

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Speech-to-text services increase classroom access

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An article in Hearing Health Magazine has promoted the use of speech-to-text services in the classroom. Such technology allows for spoken words to be converted to text so that they appear on a screen, similar to the way in which captioning of live events appears on television.

This live captioning can take place in a classroom by a trained professional typing as they listen to the teacher speak, or by an operator repeating  what the teacher says into a microphone, with their speech converted to text via automatic speech recognition technology. The article recognises the value of printed text as a supplement to audio content, not only for students with hearing impairment, but for all students.

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