Case: Government Offices of Sweden

Still image with the agenda from one of the videos recorded at the conferenceIn the fall of 2011 the Swedish Government initiated a new strategy for the implementation of a new disabilities act. The strategy was launched at a morning conference arranged by Handisam, and took place the Government offices of Sweden’s office at Mäster Samuelsgatan in Stockholm. The speakers included Maria Larsson (Minister for Children and the Elderly) and Hillevi Engström (Minister for Employment).

Westreamu was responsible for livecasting and video documentating the full event in an accessible fashion. The latter included live sign interpretation, captioning, and audio descriptions. During the event we simultaneously streamed five different channels with various accessibility features.

Archived versions of all the livecasts are avialable (in Swedish) via http://blip.tv/handisam (player navigation) and http://handisam.se/webbtv (text navigation). On a separate page (in Swedish) different ways of supporting closed audio descriptions are demonstrated.

In the midst of the production we also made the short behind the scenes video: Accessible live casting at The Swedish Government Offices (embedded below). The clip  features many of the hardware and software solutions used for the live production (ignore a couple of Swedish words in the beginning).

The technology we used inluded: