We are Able
We’re a not-for-profit organisation working towards a more inclusive Aotearoa. We believe everyone should be able to access news, entertainment and culture. Funded by NZ On Air, we’re Aotearoa’s leading provider of media access services, including captioning services, subtitling and audio description.
Our vision & mission
Our vision is for a New Zealand where everyone has equal access to audiovisual media.That includes the 880,000+ members of the Deaf or hard of hearing community, the 180,000+ people who are blind or have low vision, and those who rely on subtitles to help improve literacy or navigate English as a second language.
Our mission is how we’re achieving our vision; through our work as New Zealand’s leading provider of captions, subtitles and audio description.We provide our services for Television (TVNZ, Warner Bros. Discovery, Sky Open), film, film festivals and government. Led by a passionate team of wordsmiths and linguists, we have a unique focus on local content and authentic New Zealand voices.
New Zealand's first official television transmission.
Funding for Teletext and captions raised through Telethon.
Teletext and captions are first launched on TVNZ.
Introduction of live news captions.
Audio description (AD) pilot begins.
AD officially launches.
Able is born as an independent charitable trust.
Channels carrrying captions expand even further, to include Sky and MediaWorks.
Captions are introduced to TVNZ OnDemand.
Thanks to a funding boost from NZ On Air, captioned and audio described output increases, including the introduction of live captions on TVNZ's Breakfast.
In partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery, Able launched live captions and audio description on Channel Three!
Thanks to funding from The Ministry of Culture & Heritage, Able launched Earcatch in Aotearoa - an app to enable blind and low-vision New Zealanders to stream content on TVNZ+.
The list of content that Able makes accessible continues to grow. Over the past three years alone, we have achieved an increase of 61% in caption production and an increase of 181% in audio-description production for free-to-air TV!
Our commercial services
Communications & Engagement Manager
Team Leader - Audio Describers
Team Leader - Caption Producers
Team Leader - Caption Editors
Here at Able we're proud of our skilled and tight-knit team, who share a passion for creating a more accessible Aotearoa. Get to know us more.
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