Captioning


Captions are extremely important to hearing impaired people. It is the
captions that fill in the gaps when words are not heard in order to make the meaning clear.

Hearing impaired people want to see cationing at cinemas, theatres,
televisions (including those in public spaces), DVDs (particularly medical ones with critical messages), conferences and presentations, at airports,
railway stations, buses and so on. When there is an important message that should be heard then the message must be captioned otherwise access for the hearing impaired is denied.

At present there are no laws enforcing captioning. Every hearing impaired person who relies on captions should be aware of this. Many television programmes are not captioned. Many films are not offered with captions in Australia. The requirement that all media should be presented with captions as an option should be compulsory.

If you need captions and they are not provided then you should take some action. Complain to the relevant authorities verbally or in writing. Media Access is a good start. Write to the press, phone your political representative and complain loudly. Even the Human Rights Commission could be contacted if you feel that your case includes discrimination. Have a look at these websites:

Media Access: http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/

Human Rights Commission: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/

If we don't complain when captions are not provided, or are substandard, then progress will be slower.


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