In your country, are accessible broadcasting services (television and radio programmes) readily available to all persons with disabilities?


Question 18 asks about the e orts of national TV and radio broadcaster to make their programmes fully accessible, using sign language, audio description, captioning, easy language, or other techniques. The answers point to a variety of approaches, but not to comprehensive strategies.




With a world average of 2.3, this indicator ranks below average. The good news is that most of the respondents state that in their country some efforts are made. The bad news is that in almost no country (with the notable exception of Germany) a comprehensive approach is taken.


There are some programmes that meet this requirement, but not all. In addition, in the case of the deaf population, close caption is frequently used, but most of the users are not yet proficient in Spanish written language, which prevents them from accessing the information by this means.


For the deaf, the TV News of the First National Channel offers the translation of 13H GMT in sign language every day. That’s all.

Ivory Coast

The radio is accessible to the physically and visually disabled, but is not accessible to the deaf. The television is accessible to the physically handicapped and a little to the hearing impaired because there is a interpretation in sign language on the national television only for mid-day news.


Captioning is required on prime channels from 6:00 a.m. to midnight and some subscription programmes. Multichannel programmes are subjective to accessible if its parent channel (prime channels) have shown captioned programme earlier. These are included in the Broadcasting Services Act. Audio-description is not included.


Bangladesh National Television and some private channels offer the option of Bangla sign language interpretation of news.


Sign language for the deaf and hard of hearing has begun to take root in two local TV stations, but closed caption needs to be worked on!
Trinidad and Tobago