Back in August, I attended the Deafness Forum of Australia’s captioning awards.
It was a really exciting event – I had no idea how big, and impressively run it was. John Howard has recently become the Deafness Forum’s ambassador, so he was there at the dinner. That was a bonus.
I have some great photos below. I actually won an award. It was a total surprise – it was the Roma Wood Community Award for dedication to improving captioning and media access across DVDs, cinemas, online videos and TV in Australia.
I am very honoured to get that.
And the other reason it’s nice to win it – I tell you what – I have been making noise about the lack of captioning for so long, and it is quite depressing how little movement there is in relation to it.
It’s truly heart breaking sometimes to see how uninterested big companies are about whether or not a person with a disability can access their services.
Can you imagine what it is like to not be able to do something as simple as watch TV? When a TV station doesn’t caption its programs, that it what happens for people with a hearing loss.
It is worse for blind people – audio description is more expensive, and harder to get on different types of media.
Yes, it’s distressing to have a hearing or vision impairment! You can get very cut off from normal every day things that people take for granted.
So anyway, it was a nice change to have all the industry types in one big room, all in unanimous support of accessibility of media for deaf and hearing impaired people. (Note: A noticable absence was the ABC – every other TV station had someone there, but the ABC declined to send anyone. That was a bit of a shock to me! I’ve always thought the ABC was the best in this respect. Obviously not.)
Check out the photos below: