Director’s Special Announcement
I am pleased to announce that the Victorian Deaf Education Institute’s (VDEI) real-time captioning pilot project for deaf students in Victorian schools has won the Deafness Forum Australia 2014 Captioning Award, Captions for Kids category.
The purpose of VDEI is to maximise the learning potential of every child living in Victoria who is deaf or hard of hearing through evidence-based professional learning, targeted research and application of innovative technology.
The More Support for Students with Disabilities National Partnership has supported the real-time captioning trial in selected Victorian State secondary schools. Capitalising on new technology, the real-time captioning trial aims to improve students’ access to curriculum, boost students’ literacy levels, enhance students’ inclusion, engagement and participation with peers and educators in classrooms and enable greater home-based learning and support through the provision of transcripts. The pilot project also aimed to inform Victorian policy regarding inclusive practices for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The first stage of the captioning for deaf students in Victorian schools pilot project involves remote live access to captions provided by Ai-Media. The second stage uses C-Print, which is a speech-to-text captioning technology implemented in the classroom by school personnel.
VDEI is grateful to the participating school principals and personnel of Ballarat Deaf Facility, Bendigo Deaf Facility, Charles La Trobe Deaf Facility, Forest Hill Deaf Facility, Grovedale Deaf Facility, Koo Wee Rup Secondary College, Mount Erin Deaf Education Centre and Shepparton High School Deaf Facility.
I acknowledge the highly qualified and dedicated VDEI team, which underpins the success of this pilot. In particular, I commend Kaye Scott and Shaun Goodwin for their excellent leadership in ensuring robust project methodology.
With every good wish
Dr Jill Duncan
Director, Victorian Deaf Education Institute