Make Big Finish Accessible to Deaf/Hard of Hearing People

Make Big Finish Accessible to Deaf/Hard of Hearing People

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Cannon Taylor started this petition to Big Finish Productions and

Big Finish - they love stories. And I love the stories they produce. I have nothing but good to say about this company. They have provided me with some of the finest adventures of Doctor Who and its spin-offs. But as I’ve become more involved in the Doctor Who community over the years, something has come to my attention - not everyone can enjoy the wealth of stories produced by Big Finish.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH) fans of Doctor Who, its spin-offs, and other franchises Big Finish produces stories for are completely cut off from this side of the fanbase. Depending on their hearing faculties, they may not be able to completely understand what is being said in an audio drama, or may not be able to hear it at all. I propose that Big Finish address this issue and provide accessibility for excluded fans.

I am aware that Big Finish isn’t the biggest company in the world, and therefore don't have a ton of extra resources at their disposal. However, a few solutions for this issue come to mind:

1. Scripts become included with every audio release purchased from the Big Finish website. Big Finish already provides script PDFs for some releases, such as the stories created as a part of the Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity. In addition, script PDFs are offered as an exclusive benefit of the Doctor Who Monthly Adventures Subscription. It would be very easy for Big Finish to provide this perk for every release, and with the Main Range ending in March 2021, surely this change wouldn't run the risk of losing subscribers. 
2. Provide closed captions on the Big Finish app. This is a much more daunting task than the first. However, I don’t believe it’s impossible, and the new customers gained from this feature will accommodate for the expenses of captioning. Big Finish is over 20 years old, so there are many releases to go through, but taken bit by bit, I believe it is possible to provide this feature for every story released by Big Finish.

I hope that Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs, David Richardson, and all the other wonderful people working at Big Finish Productions will consider the request of fans to make their releases more accessible to Deaf/HoH people. Thank you for your time.

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