Sign language translation
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of New Zealand’s official languages. People in the Deaf community use NZSL to communicate.
For many Deaf people, English is their second language and they are not fluent in it.
When communicating high-stakes information, it’s strongly recommended to provide a sign language translation for both pre-recorded and live videos.
Meeting the Web Accessibility Standard
When a video has a sign language translation, this meets WCAG 2 Success Criterion 1.2.6 Sign Language (Prerecorded) (Level AAA).
While it’s not mandatory to meet Level AAA to meet the NZ Government Web Accessibility Standard, it’s strongly recommended.
How sign language makes a video more accessible
Sign language provides access to video content for Deaf people in their first language, as they may find reading English more difficult.
How to provide a sign language translation for a video
For advice on NZSL translations for video, contact Deaf Aotearoa.