All members of society have the right to enjoy unhindered access to SRG’s services. The wide range of subtitled, audio-described and signed programmes is constantly being expanded – both in terms of content and on a technical level.
People with visual or hearing impairments need subtitles, sign language and audio descriptions to follow programmes. We offer a broad range of services for visually impaired people in Switzerland at prime time and during weekends. This includes, for example, the main news from the «Tagesschau» programme on SRF, RTS and RSI provided in sign language. Overall, around 30,000 hours of content are subtitled – half of the total broadcasting time. This service is provided by our subsidiary, SWISS TXT.
By 2022, we intend to increase this to 45,000 hours (80 %). During prime time, there is already an extensive selection of audio-described programmes available for visually impaired viewers. This currently amounts to 420 hours and is set to rise to 900 hours by 2022. In terms of signed content, the aim is to offer 1,000 hours – compared to the 440 hours available today.
New agreement for 2018–2022
We have signed an agreement with seven organisations representing people with sensory disabilities for the period from 2018 to 2022. In this agreement, we confirm our commitment to supporting and integrating these groups. The new agreement is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Our partner organisations are the Swiss Federation of the Deaf (SGB-FSS), pro audito Schweiz, Sonos, the Schweizerische Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband (SBV), the Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), the Schweizerische Vereinigung der Eltern hörgeschädigter Kinder (SVEHK) and forom écoute.
The audio-described films produced by SRF are available as audio files on Play SRF and srf.ch:
Signed programmes are specifically shown on Play SRF:
All signed programmes in our Video collection.
Accessible online services
Many people with sensory disabilities find the Internet indispensable as an aid for everyday life. Special programs enable online text to be read aloud or displayed in large print, while additional devices use small, movable pens to translate online text into Braille (an embossed print for blind people). The srf.ch and srgssr.ch websites are programmed to meet the requirements of these tools.