Accessibility Project for Audiences who are Hearing-Impaired

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), with the help of a grant from the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, has expanded a successful pilot project which makes some of its radio broadcasts accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Two programs, The Current and As It Happens, are now posting transcripts online for audiences to read, print and share. The programs are available live, or can be accessed as archived podcasts, using the new audio player, after the program has aired.

The CBC estimates transcripts of episodes of The Current have been viewed more than 100,000 times since the project was first launched in Feb. 2016. Executive Director of Radio and Audio English Services, Susan Marjetti said in a statement, “By expanding on what has been a very successful and innovative initiative, CBC is strengthening its commitment to make vital, distinctly Canadian programming accessible to all.”

Co-host of As It Happens, Carol Off said the programs are now a great benefit for the people who are hearing impaired, "Transcribed interviews make our programs available to people with hearing disabilities and, also to those who might have a hard time following an interview because it's on a phone line," said Off.

Off said the service is not only a benefit for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, but can also be used as a tool for new Canadians who can playback the broadcast to enhance the learning experience of a new language.

For more information about CBC’s accessible radio programming, click here.