Annabel sums up the lack of Captioning in New Zealand Hospitals! “It’s the same principle as wheelchair access to buildings for those that need it.”
Annabel is having a short stay in hospital this week. On turning on the hospital Television, she found….. No Captioning. While Mum’s back was turned, she wrote this on the whiteboard in protest. Good on you Annabel!
This sums up the poor state of the televisions in hospitals. Virtually none are Deaf and Hard of Hearing friendly. I’ve stayed in a number of hospitals myself – North Shore Hospital, Wairau Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Gillies Clinic Hospital, Greenlane Hospital and Auckland Hospital. None of these televisions are caption capable, either in private rooms, in the patient lounges, or even the rental ones. Now it looks like Wellington hospital has the same lack of captioning on their Televisions too.
Television is often a welcome respite on long hospital stays. But not for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
We need this type of discrimination to stop.
Setting up Televisions in hospitals should as a matter of course be captioned capable. It’s the same principle as wheelchair access to buildings for those that need it.
Legislation is MUCH needed. Not only for captioning itself, but also for caption enabled Televisions in public buildings.
Tell us your experience – have you run into televisions without captioning in Hospitals?