In 2011, Australia’s government approved funding to deliver classroom captions to all severely to profoundly deaf pupils who need facilitation. This move was significant as deaf pupils typically must give 100% of attention to an educator, which makes personal note-taking a challenge during class.
Captions To Benefit The UK’s Educators, Too
Ai-Media, the captions provider, is now preparing to extend into the UK:
Educators benefit from captions, as AI-Live founder Tony Abrahams says:
“[While] providing access for the students, the transcripts were a great resource for the teachers. Ai-Live provided a mirror to their delivery allowing them to self-assess their performance, refine their style and provide improved outcomes for students.”
Captions To Be Reclassified For IDEA And ADA
In the US, classroom captions will become a formal support after a case to reclassify their provision under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One student began a case in 2009 to request captions instead of FM, leading to this week’s decision.
Medical Student Funded Captions Himself
Earlier this year, Michael Argenyi, who self-funded two years’ worth of transcribing services for his medical studies when captions were not recognised as an IDEA or ADA provision, secured compensation from Creighton College. The New York Times ran his story: Student Denied Captions By Medical College, after the case was highlighted by advocates.
- Australia To Take Classroom Captioning ‘National’
- Students Put Texas State University On The Spot
- Cornell STEM Captioning May Reach High Schools
- TeachNet Blog: Closed Captions In The Classroom
- Deaf Student Uses Captions In An Operating Theatre
- Deaf Student Doctor Adds Perspective To Training
- Deaf Teen Open To IT Work After Captions Support
- ‘Disability Law News’ Blog Cites IDK’s Advocacy
- California Student Seeks Captions Instead of FM