Web Accessibility and Closed Captioning in Australia & New Zealand

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White Paper: Web Accessibility and Closed Captioning in Australia & New Zealand

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Approximately 1 in 6 people in Australia and New Zealand are deaf or hard of hearing, and closed captions provide equivalent access to television, films, and web video.

This white paper traces the evolution of web accessibility laws in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the forces that put both countries on a trajectory to a more inclusive digital landscape.

We'll explore:

Australia:

  • Broadcasting Services Act and ACMA guidelines for captioning broadcast media
  • Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), establishing accessible video as a civil right
  • Landmark web accessibility case Maguire v. SOCOG
  • The federal government's National Transition Strategy (NTS) to make websites accessible
  • Digital Transformation Office (DTO)
  • Accessible video in Australian schools and universities

New Zealand:

  • New Zealand government Web Accessibility Standard, which outlines phased WCAG compliance
  • NZ On Air and Able's advances in closed captions for broadcasting
  • The Human Rights Act Amendment and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • New Zealand Disability Strategy
  • The Captioning Working Group (CWG)

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Web Accessibility and Closed Captioning in Australia & New Zealand

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