Accessible live events conference

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Monday, 14 December 2015 10:22am

Making live events accessible is a growing area. Whilst captioning of live events such as theatre, sports and television programs has been available for many decades, live audio description is a much more recent service, especially outside of arts performances.

Audience seated in a theatre

The Unlimited conference in Antwerp, Belgium on 29 April 2016 will be showcasing the latest developments in access to live events, including new research. The just-released conference program features new research and presentations from mainly European presenters.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley, who is a member of the conference’s scientific committee, said that the value of this conference is the wide variety of the presentations.

“There will be some good insights into newer developments in the automation of live audio description and the greater use of technology. The real highlight for me is seeing what is happening outside of the English-speaking world. So the work being done around live captioning access in Central Europe and live audio description of a Belgian music festival for the disabled are of particular interest.”

The conference also covers new developments in live audio description of television programs which has received a lot of recent coverage.

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