National Foundation for the Deaf making the Rio Games more accessible

25th August 2016

The Rio Olympic Games have just ended- and this year they were live-captioned thanks to the awesome leadership shown by the National Foundation for the Deaf. 

With the Olympics screening on SKY TV free-to-air channel Prime, which did not have live or near-live captioning capacity, the National Foundation for the Deaf made the decision to fully fund the technology needed to make Olympic broadcast accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing sector. This awesome technology not only captures voice commentary but also ambient sound so viewers can really take part in what’s going on.

This technology funded by the National Foundation for the Deaf which has enabled access to the Rio Olympics, will also be available in the future for other live events which may be shown on SKY TV Prime channel.

It’s fantastic to see such accessibility leadership from the National Foundation of the Deaf, enabling the more than 760,000 New Zealanders living with some type of hearing loss to be part of the conversation about the latest sporting and other live events.

The Foundation are fundraising to recover the cost of providing this access and you can support this by texting GOLD to 4847 to make a $3 donation.

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