Minister of Broadcasting Reply to Captioning Working Group Letter. “New Technologies to help the Deaf & hearing impaired”

Back in March, we posted up on our old blog a letter that we, the Captioning Working Group, wrote to the Honourable Craig Foss, Minister of Broadcasting. In case you haven’t seen it is reposted it in this blog and you can read it here. Below is his reply. What a POOR response. Does he not realise that this year is an election year? We urge you to consider this.

An open response from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities in New Zealand to the Rt Hon Craig Foss, Minister of Broadcasting…

On 20 March 2014 MP Mojo Mathers asked the Minister of Broadcasting in Parliament “Did he think that television programmes made with public funds should be screened with captions so that New Zealanders with hearing loss can watch them?” On behalf of the Hon Craig Foss, Hon Dr Johnathan Coleman responded as in bold below. Point by point we will now respond to the Hon Craig Foss. Government supports captioning.

Who Do We Vote For? “….It’s time to raise the game for Captions…. Show us the words – We need Action”

See an Index of all our Captioning Blogs here.

Why Do We Actually Need Closed Captions? “We need the Government to step up and legislate, making captioning compulsory in both the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act.”

Our Captioning campaign is getting heard in many places both nationally and internationally, but some people don’t understand what we are campaigning for. So here goes – our way of explaining what we need. 1). Legislation. We need the Government to step up and legislate, making captioning compulsory in both the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act. Why? Because the rate of broadcast captioning over a 24 hour period in.

And the message for you today is: communication is a human right. “Being able to communicate is the basis for understanding and growth. Health, education, families, relationships, jobs, community – they all depend on communication.”

I want to tell you about a remarkable little girl. Annabel is seven years old, and sadly, at the age of four, she lost her hearing. Living in the UK, she was able to watch movies and TV shows because they provide screen captions for virtually all shows. So the family could go to movies together and Annabel could join her friends to watch TV. One of her favourite shows.

Celebrate, Communicate, Connect – New Zealand Sign Language Week “…enable our youth – ‘By working together we are a stronger team’

I am relatively new to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired world, so it’s a privilege to be able to write a little here. I have learnt very quickly over the last four years that the needs of Deaf and HOH people are diverse. The needs of the families, friends and professionals that support them are just as diverse. I’d like us all to ‘CELEBRATE’ the diversity that is.

The NZ Herald Picks of the Week. “It should be 100% captioned every week, every day, across all channels broadcast in New Zealand, public and private.”

The NZ Herald Picks of the week gave us a surprise result this week, but definitely not so for Anzac Day. We took a break from this blog series over Easter and Anzac Day, but so it seems did our captions. The NZ On Air website proudly stated in the trailer for the Anzac Commemoration that ‘Our funding allows important national events to be seen on TV by all NZ’..

Captioning is not Just for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. “Captions not only provide access to Deaf and hard of hearing people, but provides young people with the foundations of literacy”

Last night, I was sitting in front of the telly, watching some programme. Probably one of those comedy ones that they have on Wednesday night. I remember this because my son, Gabe and I were sitting there laughing together. Then it occurred to me that I should ask him about his views on captions and whether it bothered him. “Gabe, do the captions bother you?” – no, they are useful.