The AFL and Telstra to make the AFL Media accessible now!

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Aussie Rules football is the national sport in Australia, which has many millions of fans.

Yet it is not accessible for more than five million Australians; closed captioning and transcripts for videos and podcasts are not provided. 

The AFL and Telstra have publicly declared that they are committed to being inclusive and accessible. The reason that this is not being done is unknown.

This kind of accessibility is for:

  • 3.6 million Australians who are affected by hearing loss.
  • More than 500,000 whose first language is not English.

It is also beneficial for native English speaking Australians who can turn the sounds off and watch videos on their phones without disturbing others. It would help them with their spelling too. 

Solution: Telstra to put the CC button on videos, the AFL to make closed captioning and transcription mandatory. 

For more than one quarter of the Australian population, please do this.