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Petition to Hoyts cinemas Australia

Dedicated Open Caption screenings at Hoyts

Many deaf and hearing-impaired people rely on closed captions or subtitles when watching movies or other videos. While most television stations and streaming services now provide closed captions or subtitles, accessibility for people with hearing loss is woefully inadequate at cinemas. The larger cinemas in Australia sometimes provide a closed captioning device called a ‘CaptiView’, which is a large bulky piece of equipment that you put in the drink holder and awkwardly place in front of you. During the movie you have to constantly glance away from the screen at the device, which displays a line or two of text at a time in glaring green LED. It means you barely get to watch what’s on screen. And that’s assuming the device is working, which it often isn’t. And even when it is, up to half of the dialogue is usually missing. It’s simply not good enough. We want open caption screenings in cinemas, where the closed captions are displayed on the big screen, just like on televisions or streaming services. Village Cinemas has begun making Open Captions screenings available, which we gladly welcome. Their biggest rival, Hoyts, seems to have no plans to do the same and are refusing to respond to requests for comments. It appears that Hoyts is afraid Open Captions screenings would scare off patrons from attending films. We believe this is patently absurd, given their popularity overseas, the popularisation of animated gifs with captions, and the widespread habit of watching muted videos on your phone in public. Captions and subtitles are ubiquitous today, and are widely accessed even by people without hearing loss. This is also not to suggest we demand every cinema screening be an open caption screening. But we do demand that at the very least, there are dedicated screenings. Hoyts must provide accessibility for the approximately 3.6 million Australians with hearing loss - 14.5% of the population. That’s just about one in every seven Australians. This is not some niche, rare condition - despite what Hoyts may think. We want to show that open caption screenings are not to be feared, and that even people without accessibility needs would welcome open caption screenings. Please also complete this survey about Open Captions at cinemas, which we can present to Hoyts.

Andrew Watson
9,900 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago


Vote Georgia Hale - Young New Zealander of the Year

All you need is one small interaction with Georgia Hale to understand the influence and positivity she brings to all she touches. The Vodafone Warriors, New Zealand’s wider rugby league community, the New Zealand disability sector and countless schools and organisations around the country have in some way been directly touched by Georgia, or ‘G’ as most of us know her. This petition has been launched to help Georgia's cause in becoming Young New Zealander of the Year. It won’t be a determining factor but the more votes and noise we can make to persuade the judges the better. The criteria to win this prestigious award are: o  Contribution and benefit to society o  Initiatives demonstrated in a leadership capacity o  Involvement in establishing and/or setting the direction of a group, organisation or cause in which they have been involved o  Guidance, support, training and encouragement of group members o  Effort in working toward goals o  Commitment in terms of time/hours committed paid or unpaid o  Commitment to their own personal development by participation in courses, forums, conventions, community activities and other training or educational opportunities nationally or globally o  Value of contribution to their local community and/or nation or globally   Georgia Hale ticks all those boxes and more. She always had big dreams and talent to match on the sporting stage. As a 13-year-old she set herself a goal of representing New Zealand in five sports, a goal very few people could ever hope to achieve. Now, at the age of 23 she is only one sport away from her aim, having competed at representative level in rugby league, touch, tag and the nines. Embarking on her career, she turned down two university scholarships to take up a position working with special needs kids at Long Bay College. This gave her the foundation to move into the community relations role she has held at the Vodafone Warriors for the last 4 years. She enhances the lives of thousands of children every year visiting schools around the country, not only educating pupils on the fundamentals of being a professional athlete but also their personal health and wellbeing as they transition into adults. At a young age she has established the infamous ‘sweat squad’ boot camp which runs twice a week. She travels from Long Bay to Penrose to set up shop before 6.00am to help each individual reach their goal while also welcoming guests to participate and create their own healthy lifestyle choices. Georgia is solely responsible for launching the Vodafone Warriors’ intellectual disability programme, which has attracted an overwhelming response from families whose lives are affected by disability. Along with this and the Future Warriors Holiday Programme footy clinics she runs during school holidays, she shows exceptional leadership and organisational skills, setting goals not only for her own career but also everyone else's health goals. She exudes inspiration, passion, dedication and commitment in all aspects of her life. This was captured recently when she broke her wrist only weeks out from the Kiwi Ferns’ rugby league international against Fetu Samoa in June. Georgia didn’t skip a beat, still running her boot camp and training sessions for everyone and, despite her injury, pushing herself and others even more. This commitment earned her selection in the Kiwi Ferns once again, adding to an impressive CV of representing New Zealand at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup along with being part of history when she was signed to play for the Warriors in the inaugural Women’s NRL Premiership in 2018. This has inspired countless women and girls to get involved in the sport all over the country. Previous winners of the Young New Zealander of the Year Award have excelled in their chosen fields which have predominantly been business, education and politics. We believe health, wellbeing and sports on a national scale is due for recognition and Georgia Hale possesses all the qualities to frontline this. She deserves recognition for her tireless work in the community and nationwide.

Rickey Jina
2,041 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Simon Birmingham, Simon Birmingham, Attorney General, Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Stop teachers bullying students and child abuse

My Autistic son was emotionally and physically abused by a NSW special needs teacher. Ending in a visit to the emergency room. Like so many other families. Education department refuse to intervene. In fact she now has permanant job there. My son hasn't attended school since August 11 2016. I found stories of children locked in cages, physically abused, emotionally abused, left outside outside in isolation.  I kept complaining after my Autistic son had to be taken to hospital. Police refused to listen they refuse believe teacher capable of abuse. Instead after I again complained she applied intervention order. My beautiful boy was locked up and now faces charges. At court she asked Avo be varied to he can't attend school, his not to go within 20 metres of her. He won't even leave our house or go outside. You can sign my other petition calling attorney general to drop charges here I am calling for harsher penalties for child abusers.  More powers for human rights commission to investigate and punish those doing the wrong thing. At the moment they are powerless to intervene.  Education department stop transferring these abusers around the state. And remove them from having any contact with children.  I am calling for chief minister Andrew Barr to hold up his promise to stop cover up of child abuse.  Please sign and show our government we do not support child abuse in any form 

Autism parents against abuse
1,241 supporters