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The Library’s vibrant awards program bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history. Our award presentation events are also an opportunity for us to welcome and celebrate the diversity of our community.
We were proud to be able to include captioning at our major annual events this year, including at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the NSW Premier's History Awards. These events are of statewide importance and captioning helps our entire community to fully participate in the proceedings, including people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or culturally and linguistically diverse.
One in six Australians is hard of hearing and by 2050 this figure is projected to become one in four. Captioning for all formats including live events, online audio-visual content and formal meetings, makes it possible for people who are hard of hearing to be included and to interact in the discussion. It is not just people who are deaf or hard of hearing that benefit from captioning. One in five Australian households speak a language other than English at home and can benefit from having captions available to read. Research has also found the positive impacts of captioning for people who are on the Autism spectrum or who experience learning difficulties.
The State Library aims to have at least 3 major events captioned each year and provides AUSLAN interpreters for all events upon request.
The importance of captioning was discussed by two members of the State Library's Inclusion Advisory Committee Sarah Houbolt and Naomi Malone in a recent interview on 2SERFM as part of National Hearing Awareness Week.
We were also delighted to see several members of the Library's Inclusion Advisory Committee also attended the Premier's History Awards as pictured below.
To request captioning at a Library event please contact our Events team.