WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND
As a society we need readily available information to address our concerns that become raised when we learn about emergencies and situations such as terrorist attacks.
Recently, our levels of concern were raised and we needed further information to ensure we could understand the evolving situation in London.
But, when we turned on our televisions the only captioned information available in the breakfast news programmes on any New Zealand television channel was a single headline saying ‘‘terror attack at the UK Parliament’’ and once again, New Zealanders who are hard of hearing and deaf were left in the dark.
Captions show us what other viewers can hear. Captions include text for sound effects like ‘‘door slamming’’ or song lyrics, or simply say ‘‘silence’’ when there is no sound at all. Without them, TV is a series of moving pictures and guesswork.
We need to be able to watch what we want, when we want and how we want – just like our hearing able family members, friends and colleagues.
We want to be part of the conversation.
Louise Carroll, National Foundation for the Deaf