Captioning called for
The New Zealand Captioning Working Group is asking for your help to make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Deaf & Hard of Hearing New Zealanders.
Video is everywhere these days and accessible on many devices – or is it? For many of us, who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, we need video captioning – words on the screen so we can read what you say. Without it, watching TV becomes a lip reading challenge – which might seem funny for a minute, but not for a lifetime!
We'd like you to do two simple things – first, please sign our petition at:
and show your support for giving us access, then, most importantly, please share it via your social networks.
So what is captioning? Captions are a little bit like subtitles that you see on a foreign film, but they are in the same language as spoken audio. They also include text for sound effects like "door slamming" or song lyrics, or simply say "silence" when there is no sound at all. Captions show us what other viewers can hear. Without them, TV is a series of moving pictures and guesswork.
We'd like captions to be the responsibility of broadcasters. People that need them can turn them on using a button on their remote control or by choosing an option on their phone, tablet or computer.
Sadly, some excellent examples of great New Zealand content are available in America with closed captioning and not here e.g. Brokenwood Mysteries.
Our campaign is not political - building an accessible, inclusive society is essential for all New Zealanders. Please join with me and the Captioning Working Group to help us get thousands of people to sign this petition so we can create a change. We can't do it without you and very much appreciate your help. Thank you for signing and sharing.
Louise Carroll QSO, JP, GDPPA, MPA
The New Zealand Captioning Working Group (CWG) is a collaboration of Deaf Aotearoa, The National Foundation for the Deaf and the Hearing Association New Zealand.
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