Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised


Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised

Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?

At 6pm on Friday evening, 11 April 2014, this occurred as there was a total failure in the captioning of the 6pm evening news as broadcast on TVNZ’s Television One.

What does this mean for New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
1 in 6 New Zealanders who experience some type of hearing loss were isolated from obtaining key news update. This large group of New Zealanders who need to, or will benefit from, using captioning to augment their ability to understand words spoken on broadcast mediums such at television were marginalised. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing sectors are dependent upon the provision of this news service to be up to date and socially integrated with what is happening around New Zealand and abroad.

Do you think this is acceptable?
The Captioning Working Group, a high level working group with membership from the Executives of The National Foundation for the Deaf, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand and Hearing Association New Zealand, is calling for the Ministry of Broadcasting to include a clause in the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Act requiring all broadcasters to apply mandatory captioning to their programmes.

As reported in the 2013 Captioning Working Group Survey, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sectors, are calling for captioning on Prime television, morning news and events on Breakfast television, the news on TV3, Documentaries, and TV on Demand. These are top priority programmes that the sectors need to have captioned.

Only 23% of programmes on television each week are captioned which compares very poorly to other western countries that have legislation such as the UK and the US who have achieved 100% captioning of public television.

There is no excuse for doing less for New Zealanders who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities our Government is obliged to apply Article 9, which states:

“To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to”…information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems…. These measures, which shall include the identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility, shall apply to, inter alia…b) Information, communications and other services, including electronic services and emergency services.


Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog