Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Lack of Access to UK Parliament for deaf: It's google's fault.

I read this recent response to Mr Tim Blackwell, on an official FOI government site amazingly they say Google's captioning is our access, BUT, this coverage of the Syrian debate and the second one, wasn't covered via google.  Even if it was who the hell understands Google's attempts at plain English ?  Also see Cameron struggling to convince anyone about Syria, the body language says it all, we're screwed !  The Louder than words charter, doesn't apparently cover subtitles, TV, or signed BSL access, nice one AOHL !!

Dear Mr Blackwell,

Freedom of Information Request F13-405

Thank you for your request for information asking how deaf people may
access the subtitles and British Sign Language for Parliamentary podcasts.

The webpage cited in the request contains a short film explaining the role
of the House of Commons in making laws. This film does not have a text
alternative (transcript), an audio description or sign language
alternative, but it does have automatic captions provided by YouTube. 
Therefore, this information is not held by the House of Commons.

We are taking active steps to provide transcripts for this film and others
on the website.  We are also investigating the provision of adding more
accurate captions, audio descriptions and sign-language alternatives.

We are committed to providing a website that is inclusive to all and have
recently appointed an online diversity champion to help us achieve this.
The House achieved the ‘Louder than Words Charter’ this year (2013) and we
are committed to further action to help retain the Charter next year.

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
the House of Commons.  Any such complaints should be addressed to: Freedom
of Information Officer, Department of HR and Change, House of Commons
London SW1 0AA or [1][House of Commons request email]. Please ensure that you
specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you
wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF,

Yours sincerely

IRIS Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of


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