CAB Special Update on Diversity #3 - December 10, 2008
These Diversity Updates have been designed as a tool to provide key information and links on the issues relating to diversity in broadcasting to assist private broadcasters and other industry stakeholders in their efforts to ensure that our airwaves reflect all Canadians.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Celebrates its 60th Anniversary
Born out of the trauma of World War II, the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights shaped modern concepts of human dignity and served as a template for the international rights conventions that followed. Based on France's 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and the 1776 US Declaration of Independence, the 30-point non-binding text was adopted by 58 UN states. Article 1 of the text proclaims: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."
For the full text of the Declaration, available in over 337 different languages, click here.
Inaugural CAB Diversity Webinar Welcomes 61 Participants
In each case, practical and cost-effective approaches to the issues were identified and explained. For example, in the case of recruiting, the webinar presentation emphasized the need to develop strong relationships with secondary schools along with post-secondary institutions, in order to attract younger people to a career in broadcasting and thereby tap into diverse talent pools.
The webinar also emphasized the critical need to engage senior management in diversity commitments, and suggested a number of ways to attract managers to an organization's culture of diversity. Information presented also spoke to the advantages of linking diversity initiatives to existing community-based activities, while building on existing celebration days and months, such as Black History Month and Asian-Canadian Month.
Webinar information also pointed to the need for broadcasters to be aware of the on-going need to accommodate persons with disabilities within the workplace - and to consult with accessibility experts and local disability communities for advice and direction on accommodation planning.
An audience of 61participants, including CAB members , as well as BEAC and CRTC representatives attended the session, which combined a web-based PowerPoint presentation with an audio voiceover. The webinar format enabled an interactive Q & A session, as well as links to a range of valuable resources from government, media and organizations specializing in diversity planning.
The Webinar is now archived and available on-demand. To download the powerpoint presentation and the audio file, click here.
Based on the enthusiastic feedback received from a number of participants, the webinar was a great success, and an excellent and cost-efficient means of conveying the latest information on diversity in Canada. The CAB is now evaluating with members how to ensure best practices continue to be shared. Plans to hold a second diversity webinar are now under review.
Closed Captioning Working Groups
The Report identifies the outcomes of Closed Captioning Working Group discussions over the past year, with a focus on the steps required to improve the quality of captioning overall. To this end, the CAB has now produced Closed Captioning Standards and Protocols for English-language Television Programming Services and Projet de Lignes directrices et protocole du sous-titrage code à l'intention des télédiffuseurs canadiens de langue francaise.
The CAB will be conducting two focus groups this month, one in English and one in French, to provide consumer perspectives on the proposed closed captioning styles and formats for French-language and English-language television programming services. A report on the findings from the focus groups will then be submitted to the CRTC on December 15, 2008. Subsequently, the CAB will submit the Working Groups' final report and proposed standards and protocols manuals on February 3, 2009.
The proposed new standards and protocols manuals can be found at the following links:
A Special Thanks to CAB Hall of Fame Member Harvey Glatt
We are very proud to count Harvey Glatt among our Hall of Fame inductees, and applaud the outstanding dedication of Harvey and Louise to creating a more inclusive world for people with hearing disabilities.
Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in the Workplace
For those interested in obtaining more information about implementing basic, cost-effective accommodation measures, or to simply find out more about reducing barriers in the workplace, the disability service organization March of Dimes has developed a comprehensive website, Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Solutions for Accommodating Disabilities/Hors des Sentiers Battus: Des Solutions Créatives Pour L'Adaptation Du Milieu Travail Des Personnes Handicapées.
Together with summary of legal obligations and a set of guidelines and principles on workplace accommodation, the website provides a summary checklist of 'things to consider', and a listing of available technical aids and assistive devices.
For more information, visit the March of Dimes website at http://www.totb.ca/.
CAB's Ongoing Communications with the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) and the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC)
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