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2013 Captioning Awards winners announced

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The annual Captioning Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in captioning. The winners in 2013 were announced on Friday in Sydney at a presentation dinner hosted by Deafness Forum of Australia and Foxtel.

The awards promote better quality, frequency and wider use of captions on television, in cinemas, DVDs, theatre, live events and in other situations such as public transport. Captions are such a benefit to the one in six Australians who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment or chronic disorder of the ear. Captions are an essential part of daily communications, entertainment and social needs, providing enjoyment and information about what is happening in the world around us. 


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Americans push for accessible in-flight entertainment

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Following on from the March 2013 introduction of the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act in the USA, a recent Senate hearing has heard statements that push for improvements to in-flight entertainment for Deaf and hearing impaired passengers.

As reported in USA Today, National Association of the Deaf’s policy counsel, Andrew Phillips, believes that American domestic airlines provide an inferior service to international counterparts.


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Virgin America found in breach of access regulations

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The Virgin America airline has been fined for failing to make its safety videos accessible for passengers who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

Under the Air Carrier Access Act, which was introduced in 1986,airlines are required to offer either open captioning or sign language interpretation on all video safety briefings. Since beginning its service in 2007, Virgin America has failed to offer either. The US Department of Transportation has fined the airline $150,000 and ordered it to cease and desist from further violations of the Act.Virgin America has agreed to add captioning by 30 September 2013.


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Captioning Awards 2013: get your nominations in

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Nominations are now open for the 2013 Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards. The Awards are held annually to recognise and encourage excellence in captioning across all forms of Australian media.

The categories for this year are:

  • TV captioning: recognises a significant achievement in the captioning of a TV program, series or event.
  • Entertainment, cinema and the arts: for an organisation that has made consistent efforts to provide and/or promote captioned performances, screenings or events.
  • Online captioning and digital innovation: for an organisation which has taken the initiative to consistently provide captions on a website or mobile app or which has used technology in an innovative way to enhance use or awareness of captions.

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