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NBC Learn captions educational videos to include all learners

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NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News in the US, has announced that it will provide closed captioning on educational videos available on NBCLearn.com, 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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Australian government’s web accessibility efforts recognised through award

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The Australian Government Information Management Organisation (AGIMO) is a recipient of Vision Australia's 2011 ‘Making a Difference Awards’ for their work in web accessibility.

The Making a Difference Award is given to organisations which have shown outstanding support for people who are blind or vision impaired.


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iPhone app uses real-life people to answer questions for blind and vision impaired

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A new iPhone app enables people who are blind or vision impaired to recruit sighted users to answer questions about an item they have taken a photo of.

The VizWiz app, being developed by Rochester Human Computer Interaction, allows iPhone users to take a photo of an item they have a query about, record their question and send the photo and question to a team of real-life people to answer. These people record the answer, which is then sent back to the user.

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Conference promotes use of technology for better outcomes for not-for-profits

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Media Access Australia’s Digital Media and Technology Manager Sarah Pulis will be talking to not-for-profit organisations about web accessibility at this year’s Connecting Up conference.

Connecting Up 2011 is a conference for organisations in the not-for-profit, charity and community sectors to discuss how new technologies can improve organisational efficiency and outcomes.

Pulis said, “For a lot of not-for-profits whose audience includes people with disabilities, sometimes more so than other sectors, providing a website that is accessible to all people is extremely important.”


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