Results

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) has completed six cycles of grant awards, supporting 34 projects with a total of $3.7M of funding committed to addressing ongoing gaps in broadcasting content accessibility. 

Grant recipients are required to provide financial reporting, to share the results of their work, and provide non-proprietary access to software and other products resulting from initiatives supported by the Fund.

Below, the Final Reports and other relevant links to project results can be found for all completed English language projects (French language project reports and results can be found the Résultats webpage).

 

 

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Accessible Media Production Course - Journalism ($80,000)

October 2016 – November 2017

 

Mohawk College has developed an Accessible Media Production Course as a required course for all Journalism program students. Made available online for free to colleges and universities across Canada.

Final Report

Website: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/programs/graduate-studies/accessible-media-production-390

 

 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

A National Conversation – Making CBC Radio Accessible ($61,630)

December 18 2015 – March 21 2016

 

Transcripts of CBC’s national flagship program The Current produced and posted daily on cbc.ca; monthly documentaries produced in ASL and posted to cbc.ca.

Final Report

Website: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-63-the-current

 

 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Continuing the National Conversation: Making CBC Radio Accessible ($61,953)

September 1 2016 – November 15 2017

 

Transcripts of CBC’s national flagship program As It Happens produced and posted daily on cbc.ca; monthly documentaries produced in ASL and posted to cbc.ca.

Final Report

Website: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-2-as-it-happens

 

 

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Broadcasting Accessibility Education for Hard of Hearing Canadians ($125,000)
April 1, 2016 – December 15, 2017

 

Project to assist hard of hearing Canadians with accessible technologies, building knowledge to improve accessibility of broadcast content.

Final Report

Website: http://chha.ca/baf/index.php

 

 

Komodo OpenLab Inc.

Tecla Remote Switch Access Device ($77,500)

December 1, 2015 – August 13, 2016

 

“The Tecla remote”, a switch access device enabling users with limited mobility to control a range of media devices, using the same controls they use to operate wheelchairs via a fully accessible mobile application.

Final Report

Website: https://gettecla.com/

 

 

Rogers Communications Inc.

Designing Screen Reading Capabilities for the 10-foot User Interface ($140,000)

January 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017

 

This project made possible the design of screen reading capabilities for people who live with low or no vision within a “10-foot user experience”, by developing a prototype set-top box that allows easier access to menu navigation.

Final Report

Appendix: Design Guidelines

 

 

Mediac Systems Inc.

Enhanced real-time & post-production captioning for VoiceWriter software ($123,170)

December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016

 

This project aimed to create an enhanced captioning software with CEA708 digital captioning functionality, animated caption options and added speaker-dependent shadow captioning functionality for real-time and post production captioning.

Final Report

 

 

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS)

Barrier-Free Emergency Communication Access and Alerting System ($135,000)

October 15, 2016 to March 31, 2018

 

This project involved intensive research to develop practical recommendations to make emergency broadcasting accessible to Canadians who are Deaf, Deafblind or live with hearing loss. The recommendations are used to inform members of the national public alerting system and associated broadcasting agencies and update best practices. This will result in expanded services offered through multiple platforms and improved accessibility to emergency broadcasting systems for people living with hearing loss, identify as Deaf or are Deafblind.

Final Report

 

 

The Canadian Association of the Deaf / The Captioning consumers Advocacy Alliance

Understanding User Responses to Live Closed Captioning in Canada ($125,000)

November 2015 to June 2018

 

This research project has established a validated baseline for how consumers evaluate captioning, and the results help inform broadcasters, captioning providers and consumer organizations to advocate for and implement improvements to this essential service.

Final Report

Website: http://www.livecaptioningcanada.ca/survey.html

 

 

Humber College

Accessible Design in Broadcast Media ($130,900)

October 1 2016 to November 15 2017

 

Humber College has implemented a new six-module course to raise awareness of the systemic, attitudinal, physical and technological barriers that interrupt accessibility in current broadcast media practices. This course is now available to all School of Media Studies and Information Technology students as well as the public through free, online modules.

Final Report

Website: http://www.humber.ca/makingaccessiblemedia/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/bqiw4Sk7AYU

 

 

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

Integrated Described Video Instructional Series ($82,500)

September 15, 2017 to February 16, 2018

 

AMI’s bilingual web video series outlines the concept and benefits of Integrated Described Video (IDV). Inclusive media can be seamlessly consumed by mixed viewing audiences by integrating the description of visual elements into the script (instead of having additional voice-over narration, as is done with traditional DV).

Final Report

Website: https://www.ami.ca/idv

 

 

Ryerson University

Market Feasibility and Analysis to determine interest in a Continuing Education Course Series for Inclusive Media for Broadcast Production among adult learners ($11,995)

October 25 2017 to March 31 2018

 

Two studies were conducted, via online forums and face to face interviews, to determine the need and interest in a continuing education course for Inclusive Media in Broadcast Production, designed for adult learners

Final Report

Feasibility Analysis

 

 

PAVO Digital Inc.

Enhanced real-time and post-production captioning for VoiceWriter captioning software ($81,440)

October 5 2017 to August 7 2018

 

PAVO Digital Inc. has developed software called PAVO using a CEA-708 digitally compatible system for captioning. Several modules were developed: PAVO-Cap (for post-production captioning), PAVO-Quick (for real-time transcription or CART), and PAVO-Cat (for stenographic court reporting).

Final Report

 

 

Ryerson Radio

SmartTones Powered Radio App for Increased Accessibility & Enhanced Audience Engagement ($64,655)

October 18 2017 to July 31 2018

 

SmartTones uses 100% silent audio tones to deliver context-driven experiences from broadcast media to mobile devices, as well as second screen content for consumers with no or low vision.

The mobile app will trigger contextual content related to the broadcast that is accessible so that all listeners will be able to participate, share and act in response to what they see or hear, regardless of ability. For example, deaf audiences being able to receive visual emergency alerts, and accessible second screen content for blind and vision-impaired audiences.

Final Report

Website: http://www.smarttonesmedia.com/radioryerson/

 

 

Neil Squire Society

Mapping Physical Access Solutions to Broadcast Television ($169,208)

November 1 2017 to March 1 2019

 

The Neil Squire Society conducted research into accessibility barriers and solutions for people with limited or no use of their hands, and information about using existing and emerging assistive technologies to access broadcasting content through set-top boxes and broadcaster smartphone-based applications.

Final Report

Website: http://settop-access.makersmakingchange.com/about.php

 

 

Keeble Media

NER Consumer Evaluator Project ($156,000)

January 2019 to March 2020

 

Using the NER tool for measuring captioning accuracy, deaf and hard of hearing consumers will be trained to assess English language live captioning. Training consumers with hearing loss generates feedback that will improve NER implementation and raise awareness of NER testing among broadcasters, as well as tangibly increase accessibility in broadcasting by ultimately improving caption accuracy on live programming.

Final Report

 

 

PAVO Digital Inc.

Developing Artificial Intelligence Post Processing Methods for Improving Speaker-Independent Voice Recognition ($111,375)

January 2019 to January 2020

Research into the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase the accuracy of closed captioning using speech recognition technology. This type of post-processing software, called Cognitive AI for Realtime Linguistics (CARL) has the potential to optimize voice recognition as a captioning method by focusing on patterns of context in a text format, ultimately enabling the development of an AI text correction system that would ideally reduce the rate of errors in captioning to less than 1%.

Final Report

 

 

Mohawk College and Inclusive Media & Design Inc.

CapScribe 2.0 ($163,029)

January 2019 to July 2020

 

CapScribe, originally designed to enable creators and consumers to produce video captioning and described video, will be modernized to ensure compatibility to existing operating systems and devices and provide compatibility with alternative access systems used by captioners and describers with disabilities.

Final Report

Website: https://capscribe.ca/2.0/

 

 

Carleton University

Universal Intelligent Assistive Devices for Media Content Accessibility ($83,600)

January 15 2018 to August 30 2021

 

This project developed a generic and modular class of systems called Intelligent Assistive Devices (iAD) that facilitates access to media content access for those with extreme motion challenges.

Final Report