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Bushfire information for those who are Deaf or hearing impaired

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Australia is in for a long hot summer. ABC local radio is the recommended source for emergency bushfire information. Below is a list of alternative sources for up-to-date information on areas at risk of bushfire for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

For teletypewriter users in need of emergency assistance, or to report a fire dial 106. Please note this is not an SMS service.

ABC Emergency

The ABC Emergency website offers a summary of alerts and warnings by state and territory. The site is updated frequently with information sourced from ABC Local Radio and ABC News.

ABC Emergency also features a guide to preparing a bushfire survival kit.


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UK moves to measure live captioning

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The UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has announced that it will require television broadcasters to measure the quality of live captioning (known as ‘subtitling’ in the UK).

Live captioning refers to when the captions are created as the program goes to air. These are generally less accurate than captions created ahead of time.

Ofcom’s new approach follows extensive consultation with consumer groups, broadcasters and access suppliers and is part of Ofcom’s effort to comprehensively review the quality of live captioning and identify ways in which it can be improved. The measurement program will start later this year and requires samples to be analysed every six months for a period of two years.


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Access All Areas Film Festival announces 2013 feature program

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Now in its sixth year, the free Access All Areas Film Festival celebrates how the joy of cinema can be opened up to everyone regardless of disability. The festival takes movies with open captions and audio description on the road throughout Australia.

The annual film festival is divided into three sections: the cinema tour, schools tour and community tour. Program details for the schools and community tours will be announced shortly but will include ten short, family friendly films.


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Captions improve learning: study

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A case study conducted at San Francisco State University has found that student test scores and levels of comprehension improve when captions are turned on in university classrooms.

While captions are normally associated with providing access to videos for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, there is growing evidence that they have literacy and learning benefits for everyone.


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