Michael is profoundly Deaf and he relies 100 per cent on captioning for access to audio-visual content. Leveraging technology he has become highly regarded as an innovative service provider in the accessibility space, and he provides captioning services for a number of global companies, including Cochlear.
He also provides audio description services and is a big believer in utilising Deaf people for scripting these narratives so they can utilise their strengths in visual communications.
Michael is highly cognisant of the workflows required in creating good quality accessibility outcomes and he has also developed an open-source web app, nomorecraptions.com to enable anyone to fix up the automatic 'craptions' on YouTube videos, even if they are not the content owner or creator.
Michael was also part of the ACMA's last consultative panel on live captioning ("Live captioning: Let's Talk") late last year which will inform the ACMA's response on the captioning quality standards that apply to TV Broadcasting in Australia.