Live captions made easy

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:46pm

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.

As quoted in an Ai-Media media release, New South Wales high school graduate Rabia Muhammad said, “I used to sit in class wondering what’s happening. With Ai-Live I can understand fully. I was very happy with what came up on the screen and I got really excited. I’m not being left out anymore.”

Tony Abrahams, Ai-Media CEO, said that the site was developed with the National Disability Insurance Scheme in mind. “We continually shape our products by listening to our clients and truly understanding how we can help them participate. This process ultimately facilitates the growth of a more equitable and innovative society.”  

The new Ai-Live portal, available on desktop computers, mobiles and tablets, is designed to make booking and reading live captions easy and efficient. Technologies such as these are contributing to the prevalence of captioning in education and occupational settings.

A list of captioning providers is available on our website.

Our education campaign CAP THAT! is in full swing for Hearing Awareness Week, with over 300 teachers championing captions in schools across the country.

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