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Inclusion is compromised when captions are not available

The issue of the provision of captioned educational content is an important one for students, as its lack has a long term negative effect on hearing impaired students learning outcomes. Other arrangements need to be made for a student when it is certain that a particular title is not available in a captioned format.

Reasonable adjustments need to be made to ensure inclusion of the student in the activity or assessment. Hearing impaired students are exempt from assessment that include comment on music or tone of voice, when an assessment task is based on listening.

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Captions and inclusion

All the skills that are necessary for real life conversational situations are necessary for watching and understanding TV, DVDs and downloads for hearing impaired students. The most important element is the need to hear what is being said and that is often compromised by factors within the DVD:

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Why is a quiet learning environment so important?

Background noise interferes with the clarity of teacher instruction e. g. hearing impaired students have some difficulty identifying consonant sounds and blends in words or sentences in the presence of background noise. This actually distorts the meaning of the word and the overall comprehension of the message. The long term educational and social implications are cumulative. This is why inclusive teaching strategies are so important.

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