The Government is Failing to Meet its Human Rights Obligations! “Lack of captioning compounds the issues of being uninformed, isolated and vulnerable, so often experienced by the Deaf and hearing impaired.”

By captioning only a small proportion of public TV and other broadcast media, enabling access by the hearing impaired, the New Zealand government is failing in its obligation to meet the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD). Under the UNCPRD, which New Zealand has ratified, the government is required to ‘take measures to ensure that all persons with disabilities [which includes the.

Joining In… Why Captioning ALL TV Programmes is Important. “100% captioning isn’t just about entertainment and watching TV. It’s about access to information and providing a tool that makes it easier for Deaf and hearing impaired people to join in and participate with everyone else.”

Some people may wonder about the current campaign for 100% captions on TV. Is it really an important issue? It’s just TV programmes. Aren’t there more important things to worry about? Besides, some programmes are already captioned. Shouldn’t that be enough? So why do so many Deaf and hard of hearing people think it is important? I don’t like to assume I can speak for others, but to me it’s.