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Vision Education Scoping Report

Our review of information and media needs of students who are blind or have low vision in Australian schools.

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Classroom Access Project

This project outlines fundamentals that students who are Deaf or have hearing impairment require to be fully included in the learning process.

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CAP THAT!

One in three students in every Australian classroom will benefit significantly by simply turning on the captions when watching videos. Go to the CAP THAT! website for more information on the benefits, useful resources and lots of ideas on how to improve literacy for all by turning on the captions in the classroom!

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Latest Education News

  • Captions are not just essential for Deaf and hearing impaired people. Their power to assist literacy, especially in developing countries, has been demonstrated on a massive scale by organisations such as Planet Read. Another program, partnered with Planet Read, takes the same concept into new areas, including the possibility of using any language.

  • As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web, digital technology, education, TV, video, cinema, arts, policy and research in 2015.

  • Friday, 11 September 2015
    CAP THAT! recap

    In June 2015, we launched our annual CAP THAT! campaign with a simple message: turn the captions on when watching video content in class. This year we focused on the significance of using captions to benefit even more students, including students with English as an Additional Language, those who have reading difficulties, children on the autism spectrum, as well as students who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Amongst Australian schools nationwide, this equates to over one million kids in total.

  • The use of captions to help with literacy is supported by a range of studies and approaches. As we approach National Literacy and Numeracy Week and the culmination of the CAP THAT! campaign, we contrast two studies on captions and literacy—a small-scale American study and a massive program in India targeting hundreds of millions.

  • Wednesday, 19 August 2015
    Including captioning for excursions

    The principles of CAP THAT! don’t have to stop at the school gate. There are options for including captioning as part of an excursion; it just requires a little research and planning beforehand.

  • Inclusive education is an expectation for any student enrolled in a mainstream school, which is the case for the vast majority of Australian school students who have a disability.

  • Parents are a key ally in providing a supported captioning experience, according to Kate Kennedy from Parents of Deaf Children (PODC), the NSW-based parent organisation providing support, information and advocacy services to families of children with hearing loss.

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Students with sensory impairment need captioning [LINK] and audio description [LINK] when lessons include multimedia resources.  Media Access Australia’s has a comprehensive Education strategy [LINK] to assist and support teachers and students.


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