European Strategy 2020

One of our top priorities is subtitling on TV – films, and DVD

We are working hard to get television broadcasts in Europe subtitled, so that hard of hearing people can get the same information as hearing people and have the same possibility to watch entertainment, films, etc.

This, of course, applies to all other media such as DVDs, video clips, or web broadcasting.

For several years we have worked together with our partners and contacts in the European Parliament to influence the decisions made in the field of telecommunications.

To help our members and others in this field, EFHOH regularly publishes surveys and comparative documents, showing the rates of subtitling in member countries.

Audiovisual media – accessible for all?

A new report State of subtitling access in EU 2011 was released during the EFHOH AGM in Vienna on the 8th of April 2011. The report reveals a huge inequality for 51 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the EU. The report calls on the EU Member States to respect the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing citizens and for them to have full access to media via subtitling by 2020. You can read the 2011 report and the more recent 2015 report below:

State of Subtitling 2011 Report

State of Subtitling 2015 Report


Easier said than done…

Articles 11 and 14 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights confirm access to information and education as basic human rights. The EU has recently adhered to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Still, over 50 million deaf or hard of hearing Europeans are deprived of their basic human rights simply because they cannot hear programs broadcasted on TV,  understand films in the cinema, or performances in the theatre.

Due to this, the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) launched a pan European campaign in order to promote subtitling in audiovisual media in all member states. This the easiest solution to grant deaf and hard of hearing people full access to an information society. In the last 10 plus years of our campaign, we have gained valuable expertise on this issue.

Our vision is the full inclusion of people with a hearing loss in society which will only be achieved by giving them full access to media and information.

Our members and partners work towards increasing awareness of access to subtitles and captioning. Please take the time to listen to what hard of hearing people are saying. It really does matter to us!