Captioning – Its impact is greater than you think!

Scheduled at 4:00pm in Lakehouse on Thursday, November 16 (2017).



  • Eileen Hopkins, Mrs, Ai-Media

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


The presentation will show the wider use of captioning and will include some of beneficiaries not first in our thoughts.


Captioning to enable access for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing was the start of a domino effect that continues to have an impact. That first domino fell as a result of  governments requiring  that TV and video content  be captioned for people who  are Deaf or  Hard of Hearing.  We could not have imagined  the dominos would continue to fall, enabling captioning to impact the lives of preschoolers, seniors, people struggling to learn English as their additional language, students in education, workers in the workplace,  people looking at all sort of screens in all sorts of places.


  1. Captioning is not only for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  2. Captioning should be seen as part of mainstream life
  3. Why caption?

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Eileen Hopkins

EH's back ground is in education. She worked at one of the UKs first autism specialist schools before moving into advisory and development work in autism. For 16 years she was Director of Development and National Services for the National Autistic Society. She was Special Advisor, autism, policy and practice for Autistica the UK autism research organisation. Before joining Ai-Media as Executive Director she undertook extensive autism consultancy internationally including work in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Singapore. She is the Autism Consultant to the Shirley Foundation. She was part of the WHO expert group (autism) She served on the Board of the Zurich (insurance) Foundation for 10 years. Eileen joined Ai-Media as Executive Director and Board member in 2014.