We Need Words to Achieve Access. Press Release 19 May 2016.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day http://bitly.com/CaptionitNZPetition Imagine, if you will, a life without the ability to fully understand what is being said on television, in videos, on the telephone Today members of the New Zealand Captioning Working Group will submit a petition with more than 2,300 signatures asking “That the House of Representatives legislate to ensure accesssibility via closed captioning for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and other New Zealanders who need.

Why We Need Legislation for Captioning – A Cochlear Implant Users Perspective “I Tire of explaining to others why I don’t watch TV any more”

I am completely deaf with cochlear implants, but simply cannot follow TV programmes without subtitles. I spend far more time on my Kindle than I do on TV because of the lack of quality programmes with subtitles. If good old free-to-air TV1, 2 and 3 (and DVD suppliers) can subtitle movies and programmes, I don’t see why the paid TV suppliers can’t! I would happily subscribe to a facility that.

How Many People Would Benefit from Captioning in New Zealand? Statistics vary across the world but it is commonly thought that 1 in 6 has a degree of hearing loss.

We’ve been asked this a lot recently so here are some stats. As this campaign is run purely on a voluntary basis so no flashy infographics from us sorry…. • NZ Stats say 380,000 New Zealanders are Deaf/HOH – 8.5 % of the population. • 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are affected by disabling hearing loss. In 2009, 13% of the NZ population was over the.

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.

July 2014 Captioning Research for Free to Air Television

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Lack of Access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing… “I am told that the government cares about inclusion, that my perception is not reality. I am just not convinced.”

OK I admit it. I am struggling to reconcile something. On one side of the reconciliation I have government departments and agencies purporting to champion inclusion and embrace diversity. On the other side I have the Minister of Broadcasting effectively telling the New Zealand Captioning Working Group to (I paraphrase) ‘shove off’. As far as I can work out, there are at least 4 government ministries and endless government ministers.

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.

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.

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’..

Words! – Why Captioning is Needed! “It has always been a struggle to follow the storyline on television programmes and DVDs without captions”

My name is Robert and I’m profoundly Deaf but have a cochlear implant, which has been very successful. I have been married for 10 years to Holly and I also run a successful business. It has always been a struggle to follow the storyline on television programmes and DVDs without captions – the voices are not always clear, the storyline typically changes quite quickly, and don’t get me started on.