Ai-Media announces unique new service for deaf students

Friday, 23 April 2010 15:25pm

Deafness services innovator Ai-Media today launched ‘Ai-Live’, a world-first service that provides live captioning of classes to deaf and hearing impaired students in mainstream schools, at the Sixth National Deafness Summit in Sydney. The service, combined with the technologies used in Media Access Australia’s Classroom Access Project pilot, means that deaf students in Australian schools could soon experience full access in mainstream Australian schools.

The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Parliamentary Secretary of Disabilities and Children’s Services, attended the launch, and delivered the keynote address of the Summit on inclusion of people with a disability, where he empathised “with the frustration of parents [of children with disabilities] who know their kids could learn so much more with extra resources”.

Ai-Live™ and the Classroom Access Project complement each other by providing a suite of technologies that could provide full access for deaf and hearing impaired students, supplementing the class with better and more compatible sound technology and visual information, so students who experience this model will have every opportunity to fulfil their learning potential.

Ai-Live uses broadband technology and a unique Australian-designed system that delivers live captioning into classrooms via a laptop, so that students with hearing impairments can easily follow any teacher’s lesson.

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