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"We've promised to build in accessibility from the start when developing new products and services and ensuring their accessibility over time."

A film about (dis)ability [signed, audio described and subtitled]

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A BBC North film

A film about (dis)ability

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A BBC North film

What is Accessibility?

Accessibility is the word we use to describe whether a product (for example, a website, mobile site, digital TV interface or application) can be used by people of all abilities and disabilities.

We provide a number of services to make our output and content accessible to as many people as possible:

Welcoming Disabled People - Please see our Production Access Guide for hints and tips on how to welcome disabled people as contributors to our programmes.

Subtitling – all of our programmes on TV are subtitled making our TV services more accessible to deaf and hearing impaired people.

Audio Description – AD makes our TV services more accessible to blind and visually impaired people by explaining what is happening on screen using the gaps in dialogue. Like a narrator telling a story, AD describes body language, expressions and movements, making the story clear through sound, describing what might otherwise be missed by a blind or visually impaired person. We routinely exceed the targets we are set by Ofcom to provide 14% of our programme available with AD.

Signing – we routinely exceed the targets set by Ofcom to provide 5% of our programming in British Sign Language.

More details of how we meet our responsibilities are available at the Ofcom website.

BBC iPlayer’s Signzone puts all our programming available in either subtitles, AD or BSL making it easier for deaf and hearing impaired and blind and visually impaired people to find programmes in a format they can access.

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