New Zealand’s rate of public broadcasting captioning is available at less than 25% over a 24 hour period, and sits at the level of that seen in third world countries. This compares poorly to approximately 85% in Australia and 100% in the United States and United Kingdom. This low level of captioning severely impedes community integration for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and breaches Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Because of this lack of captioning, thousands of New Zealanders are being denied access to basic information such as news bulletins during states of civil emergency as happened in the recent Seddon earthquakes.
The people behind this Caption It campaign are spread across three national organisations, with members from Deaf Aotearoa, The Hearing Association, and National Foundation for the Deaf, and are kickstarting this campaign to take this issue to the people during the election year.
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