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Access to prime time television becomes a reality for deaf and hearing impaired people



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17/7/98

ACCESS TO PRIME TIME TELEVISION BECOMES A REALITY FOR DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED PEOPLE

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With the passing of the Television Broadcasting (Digital Conversion) Services Act, Deaf and Hearing Impaired Australians finally have improved access to the world’s most persuasive communication medium.

Section 38 of the Act states that commercial and national broadcasters must, by 1st January 2001, caption all their prime time programs along with all news and current affairs programs.

The legislation, which was endorsed by the Opposition and the Democrats now brings Australia into line with other countries such as the United State and the United Kingdom, who have had legislation on captioning in existence for several years.

"Access to the news and the issues of concern to the general community are areas that people who are Deaf or Heaing Impaired have had very limited access to in the past” said Mrs Oath Bonnes, Chairperson of the Deafness Forum. “In order for Deaf and Hearing Impaired people to achieve equality in society, we must be able to access the same level of information.”

“The National Working Party on Captioning is to be congratulated on their dedicated lobbying on this issue. They should be proud of the outcome which will have an enormous impact on the lives of Deaf and Hearing Impaired people in Australia” she said. "All sides of government have been most supportive of this legislation and I am sure that all Deaf and Hearing Impaired Australian’s thank them for their decision. We now look forward to

the time when ALL programs not just prime time are captioned”.

The Deafness Forum is the national peak body in Australia for people who are deaf, have a hearing impairment or chronic disorder of the ear.

For further information, contact: Mandy Dolejsi, Information & Membership Liaison Project Officer, (02) 6281 3934 voice; (02) 6281 3156 TTY; (02) 6281 4309 fax.