Mary Fisher: The Importance of Representation
After racing in 2012 and 2016, Mary Fisher’s been watching the Paralympics from afar and cheering the New Zealand team on. She’s now a Board Member of Paralympics New Zealand, and works for Blind Low Vision NZ. The Able team have been captioning and audio describing the highlights, and we spoke to her about her experiences as a Paralympic athlete, and the importance of the Paralympic Games.
Tokyo Olympics: Meet the Kiwis who make television accessible
Able NZ's Alex Walker thrives on live captioning challenges as the Olympics draw to a close. Written by Andre Chumko for Stuff (www.stuff.co.nz), Aug 05 2021
An interview with Martine Abel-Williamson, President of the World Blind Union
Martine Abel-Williamson is President of the World Blind Union and was an early adopter of audio description. To mark the tenth anniversary of AD in New Zealand, we sat down to hear Martine’s thoughts about the emergence and importance of audio description in Aotearoa.
Blog: Accessibility is a Many-splendoured Thing29 Aug 2019
The quantity of online video content is increasing rapidly, and with growing diversity, there are new roles for subtitles. Along with the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, hearing people use captions as an aid to clarity.
News: Captions for the Kids (and Kids at Heart)24 May 2019
We’re so happy to be making more kids’ content accessible, with captions now available on HEIHEI. Ka mau te pai!
Blog: Helping Hands… or ‘Eyes’, to be Exact9 Apr 2019
In a world where technology can serve as an alternative to physical interaction between people – if not an outright replacement – lots has been said about how our smartphones are making us antisocial and unhealthy. But the Be My Eyes app both harnesses and advances what is, really, the heart of ICT – human connection.
News: More Captions Available on TVNZ OnDemand19 Nov 2018
We’re well pleased more captioned content will be available on TVNZ OnDemand from Monday 19 November!
News: Captions Available on New Episodes of Shortland Street on TVNZ OnDemand16 Sep 2018
We're super excited to announce that captions will be available on TVNZ OnDemand for new episodes of Shortland Street from Sunday 16 September.
Blog: Why is Accessibility a Good Investment?28 Aug 2018
Why should businesses, governments, educators, companies and not-for-profits make their content, products or services accessible?
Blog: Captioning Matters9 Jul 2018
We were super excited to be featured in the Winter 2018 edition of Hearing Matters, the National Foundation for the Deaf’s magazine. Our chief executive Wendy graced the cover, and she had the opportunity to talk at length about our captioning service.
Blog: NZ On Screen12 Jun 2018
You may not know that Able provides captions for some NZ On Screen content. Some of their newly digitised work includes Winners & Losers, which we’re particularly honoured to have been involved in.
Blog: Adventures of an Actual 100% Real Ninja29 May 2018
Every year, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week comes around, and every time it does, I get a wee pang in the part of me that really wishes I could learn it – like, properly learn it.
News: Wellington Access Radio Interview13 Apr 2018
Check out the latest edition of Access Radio’s No Labels podcast to hear our chief executive Wendy talking about Able’s captioning and audio description services. Host Thomas Bryan asks Wendy about accessible technology, online TV platforms, plus a couple of her favourite songs.