The latest report By EFHOH on the state of Subtitling Access in Europe in 2010

The EFHOH, the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People has recently published a report on subtitling accessibility in europe. Here is their press release.

Audiovisual Media – accessible for all?

 

A new report called  “State of subtitling access in EU 2011” released during European Federation of Hard of Hearing People  Annual General Meeting in Vienna  on 8th of April 2011 reveals huge inequality for 51 million of deaf and hard of hearing people in EU.The report calls on the EU Member States to respect the rights of deaf and hard of hearing citizens to have full access to media via subtitling by 2020.

 
MEP Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg address’ EFHOH AGM in Vienna 8-9 April 2011
 
Easier done than said…..

 

Articles 11 and 14 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights confirm access to information and education as basic human rights.  The EU has recently adhered to UN Convention or Right of People with Disabilities. Still over 50 million of deaf or hard of hearing  European are deprived of basic human rights simply because they cannot hear programmes broadcasted on TV, they do not understand films in the cinema or plays in the theatre.

These reasons have pushed The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) to launch a pan European campaign in order promote subtitling in audiovisual media in all member states as the easiest solution to grant deaf and hard of hearing people full access to information society. During almost 10 years of our campaign we have gained valuable expertise on this issue which we would like to share with you by/thanks to this information leaflet. 

Our vision is the full inclusion of people with hearing loss in the society which will only be achieved by giving them full access to media and information. In our opinion 100% of programmes in public TV channels should be subtitled by 2020. 

Here you can see the full report.

 

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