More than Disability…. Captioning for the world


Presented at 10:30am in WB II on Friday, November 16, 2018.



  • Eileen Hopkins, Executive Director, Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media)
  • Sue Sanossian, Corporate Secretary, Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media)

Session Details

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


This presentation will touch on some of our research-based findings in to the wider use of captioning and will highlight some of the beneficiaries of this technology – beyond “traditional” users and environments.


Captioning to enable access for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing was the starting point. What happened next was 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. There have been a number of surprises unexpected discoveries along the way - enabling captioning to impact the lives of pre-schoolers, seniors, people struggling to learn English as their additional language, students in education, workers in the workplace, events large and small – everyday people looking at all sort of screens in all sorts of places.


  1. Captioning: not only for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  2. The benefits of captioning based on research-based findings
  3. Making the world's content accessible to everyone

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Other, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Eileen Hopkins

Eileen has held senior Directorships in a number of organisations including The National Autistic Society and the ASD research organisation Autistica. She has held Non-Executive Board positions with Zurich and What a Difference a Day Makes. She provides ASD consultancy to The Shirley Foundation, other organisations in the UK and internationally and is a member of the WHO expert group.

Sue Sanossian

Sue Sanossian joined Ai-Media in 2011 and is responsible for assisting the Board and company in meeting its fiduciary, compliance and corporate governance obligations. Sue is a pivotal point of contact for the Board, senior executives, external consultants, staff and industry peers. She has previously held positions in such companies as United International Pictures, Hoyts, Greater Union, Rogen and AUSTAR.