Foundation receives a ‘special mention’ at Deafness Forum Captioning Awards
The Foundation received a ‘special mention’ in the category for “organisational commitment to captioning” at the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards on Thursday 25th. This is a real honour for us and a great acknowledgement for the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring our health education resources are easily accessible to all Australians.
Other organisations attending the dinner were Foxtel, ABC, SBS, Sydney Opera House and all the commercial channels. We were the smallest organisation there and likely the only non-profit group there aside from the Deafness Forum.
There were a number of very powerful and moving comments from the MC and the Chair of the Deafness Forum about the impact captions have in helping their inclusion in the world. From the Forum’s website “Captions, like Auslan interpreters, are such a benefit to the one in six Australians who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment or chronic ear disorder. Captions are an essential part of our daily communications, entertainment and social needs, providing us with enjoyment and information about what is happening in the world around us.”
The Foundation is very thankful of its supportive supplier Captioning and Subtitling International (CSI) who have assisted us in navigating the requirements of captioning conducted the captioning of our previous 2 years of programs for our website and DVDs.
Importantly the Foundation would like to thank the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) who provided generous funding to caption more than 30 programs from the past two years.