Help us with our Campaign. “The impact of not having legislation is clearly evidenced by the lack of captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “
Legislation for captioning is really important for the Deaf and Hard of hearing people in New Zealand. Without it, we aren’t going to see any great increases in the amount of captioning broadcast on Television, either on our actual Television or over the internet.
We need to be following what other countries have done overseas, USA, UK, and Australia, to name a few. Even the Phillipines have Legislation underway. The Legislation needs to be in both the Telecommunication and the Broadcasting Act to ensure we don’t get left behind. Research shows that until Legislation is put in place, there is no real change in captioning rates.
So we are asking you to help us by clicking on the link below which will open up an email to the Minister Craig Foss asking for Captioning Legislation. It will automatically copy the email to our Prime Minister John Key. You’ll need to add your name at the bottom of the email and press Send. The more emails that get sent the better, so please ask your friends and family to help us too.
If the first link did not work please copy and paste the following:
Hon Minister Foss
Minister for Broadcasting
New Zealand Parliament
Dear Minister Foss,
I support the call of the New Zealand Captioning Working Group member organisations for the introduction of legislation in both the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act to ensure broadcast captioning is available for both the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
Technology is a significant part of the answer to the access challenges faced by many thousands of New Zealanders who have some type of hearing loss. This is highlighted by access through broadcast captioning to the highs and lows of significant sporting events.
The impact of not having legislation is clearly evidenced by the lack of captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In fact, the Commonwealth Games have live, realtime, captioning available for participants and this would have been very easy to link through with the live broadcasts.
We believe that access to, and captioned broadcasting of, these Games would have been a "given" if it was legally mandated. After the September 2014 General Elections we ask that you make it a priority to give broadcast and internet captioning access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in New Zealand by mandating captioning through changes in the New Zealand Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act.
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