ABC criticised over cuts to transcription service

Australia: Disability Commissioner Alastair McEwin warns decision not to transcribe some news and current affairs programs – and save $210,000 – is a ‘backward step’ for accessibility.

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He warned the decision would affect thousands of people with disability, and would prevent the ABC from being accessible to all Australians.

He told Guardian Australia the decision was bad from a human rights perspective, and ran contrary to the web content accessibility guidelines that require all media, including audio and video, to be accessible through transcripts.

He said the ABC had not contacted him before the decision but he would take it up with the broadcaster.

You can read the full article via Guardian Australia