Our Impact

We believe in an equal, inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. Funded by Irirangi Te Motu | NZ On Air, we’re passionate about turning New Zealand content into the shared experience it was made to be. So that everyone, whatever their access need or preference, can share the laughter, and enjoy the show.

Karen wears a gilet and holds a cup of tea as she sits outside in her garden.

880,000+

New Zealanders are Deaf or hard-of-hearing

180,000+

New Zealanders are Blind or have low-vision

Able's direct impact in New Zealand

Statistics provided by NZ On Air and Turn On the Subtitles

  • Words made accessible through captions every week

    2,750,000

    +
  • Captions can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading

    2

    X
  • New Zealanders watch TV with captions

    38

    %
  • New Zealanders watch TV with audio description

    7

    %

Impact Stories

Ngā kōrero paki

Meet Nancy from Christchurch

"While living in northern Queensland with just my 8-year-old daughter, there was a cyclone approaching and normal TV programs were replaced with the flashing sign “CYCLONE WARNING” - and nothing else. How far away? How soon? My daughter became scared and unable to tell me what the announcer was saying."

Meet Gabriella from Coromandel Peninsula

Gabriella is a young lady with dark hair, who sits in front of a blue wall with fairy lights. Her hair is tucked behind her ear, showing her cochlear implant.

"Having access to captions right from the very first episode makes me feel like I’m on the same page as everyone else – no more making up names for characters based on what I can piece together and trying to piece the story together based on what I can visually see alone. I’m not left in the dark after everyone else discovers what is happening in the story from listening to the dialogue."

Gabriella is a young lady with dark hair, who sits in front of a blue wall with fairy lights. Her hair is tucked behind her ear, showing her cochlear implant.

Meet Karen from Nelson

Karen standing in her garden next to a potted plant

"It’s a bit like people who get hearing aids and say: “listen to the birds!” It feels similar for me when listening with audio description.  I’ve seen the Star Wars movies so many times, but now I’m watching them with audio description, and as my sight grows worse I’m loving them more and more. With AD, it feels like I get all the details in high definition."

Karen standing in her garden next to a potted plant

How can you make a difference?

Able’s audio description and captioning services are free and available to any and all who need them. If someone you love could use them, pass on the message to switch them on.

We believe in a more inclusive Aotearoa.

Able. Making media accessible.