“Without captions, people in the ‘hearing’ sector have very limited access to most media. Everyday life can become limited, communication may be limited to text messages and emails. Many cannot hear radio or television. Without captions, it becomes very, very difficult. Able is a vital organisation – it’s a must-have; not a nice-to-have.”

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Norelle posing for a photo in her living room

Norelle’s Story

"Captions have certainly helped me in the times that my brain’s been in a fog, and I use…

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Sam’s Story

"I remember, when I was a child I saved up money for weeks (I still can’t believe my…

Rebecca posing for a photo in front of a beach setting

Rebecca’s Story

"I first discovered captions on TV as a teenager, and I was so excited to finally be able…

Karen standing in her garden next to a potted plant

Karen’s Story

"It’s a bit like people who get hearing aids and say: “listen to the birds!” It feels similar…

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What it’s like to live-caption Donald Trump, and who is James Tame?

We sat down to talk about the reality of live-captioning with two of our Caption Editors, James Brown…