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ACMA publishes preliminary captioning exemption orders for Telstra Pay TV

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published preliminary exemption orders for 34 channels provided on Telstra Pay TV for mobile phones. These include both free-to-air channels such as ABC1, and channels available on Foxtel.

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More than 2,300 people have signed to legislate closed captioning in NZ

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On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 19 May 2016, the New Zealand Captioning Working Group submitted a petition to Mojo Mathers, Green MP, with more than 2,300 signatures in a bid for the House of Representatives to legislate closed captioning across all relevant media. 

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“Okay Google, turn on Voice Access”

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As part of its focus to make Android devices more accessible to people with disabilities, Google has launched Voice Access Beta, a new accessibility service that allows Android users to control all of the functionality of their device by voice alone.

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The new app allows users to change settings, writing texts, scrolling to the end of a page, using the camera, contacts and more.  This will allow a greater inclusion to users unable to operate the touchscreen due to a disability.


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VoiceView improves vision-impaired access on budget-priced Kindles

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Earlier this week Amazon introduced text-to-voice accessory ‘VoiceView‘ to its more affordable Kindle models, starting with the Kindle Paperwhite (7th gen). Up until now, this feature was only available on the company’s more expensive Kindle Fire tablets.

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Apple Store adds new access section in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Individuals with impairments can now find third party accessible accessories for Mac, iPad and iPhone devices to suit their specific needs under the newly launched ‘Accessibility’ section on the online Apple Store.

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New updates by Twitter client app Twitterrific enhance accessibility for vision impaired users

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Twitterrific, a Mac OS X and iOS client for the social networking site Twitter, has launched a host of new and improved accessibility features for people who are blind or vision impaired for its app update yesterday.  This recent update has seen a vast improvement in the app’s use of VoiceOver and image sharing.

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According to iTunes, the accessibility improvements listed below have been made to the application.


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Netflix improves accessibility for the blind

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In a court settlement with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Netflix has agreed to include more audio description on its streamed content and DVD rental services, as well as making its website and mobile applications accessible for blind people who use screen readers.

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The force is even stronger with AD and CC

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The latest film in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, is now available for sale in iTunes with audio description (AD) and closed captions, so that this blockbuster movie can be enjoyed by more people of all abilities. It’s one of the latest in a growing list of movies available in Australia with AD.

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New York Times touts accessibility upgrades

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The New York Times has announced that it has made accessibility improvements to its new site following the introduction of inaccessible features in a major updating of NYTimes.com earlier this year.

In a blog post on the update, the Times stated that the January overhaul of the site had inadvertently removed an accessibility workaround on the site.

“Before the article redesign, most of our assistive technology users went to our print preview version, which contained only the article text, to avoid having their screen readers interrupted by content outside of the flow of the article,” the post reads.

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