Blind or vision impaired

Audio description – three ways

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Audio description for television, streaming video and cultural events is a major conversation topic among access advocates for people who are blind or vision impaired. At a recent Blind Citizens Australia NSW meeting, three experts gathered to provide updates and insights into what is happening with audio description in Australia.

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NVDA screen reader 2015.3 update released

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NV Access has released the latest update of its NVDA screen reader for Microsoft Windows, adding introductory support for Windows 10, improvements for browsing web apps and increased functionality for Internet Explorer, among several additional features.

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Dr Scott Hollier talks affordable access at ACCAN 2015 National Conference

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Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier will be presenting at next week’s Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) National Conference, Dollars and Bytes: Communications affordability now and tomorrow.

ACCAN Dollars and Bytes: Communications affordability now and tomorrow. National Conference: 1st & 2nd Sept 2015


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South Australian Museum to host audio described tours

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The South Australian Museum is set to hold two free audio described tours of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcasing aspects of the natural world including animals, landscapes and human impact on the world around us.

Image credit: 'Southern Pilbara Rock Goanna' by Jordan Vos, ANZANG competition entry


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Transport for NSW releases app to help the blind navigate

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has announced the release of an app, Stop Announcer, which will help blind or vision impaired people to find their way around the public transport system across NSW.

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Greens Senator calls for audio description on TV

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The Senate has supported a motion introduced by the Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, calling on the Federal Government to amend the Broadcasting Services Act to include a requirement for all free-to-air and subscription television services to provide audio description.

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A world of access at Media for All

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Access to media is a growing feature at international conferences. A problem for Australian audiences is that these conferences are usually located in Europe or North America and tend to feature experts and case studies only from those regions of the world.

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Petition started to bring audio description to TV

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Stephen Jolley, who has been blind since birth, has started a petition on Change.org, asking the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, to change the broadcasting laws so that free-to-air television channels must provide audio description for blind and vision impaired people.

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Kodi 15.1 media centre software significantly improves accessibility features

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Kodi, arguably the world’s most popular open-source media centre software, has recently introduced significant accessibility improvements in its 15.1 development update.

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The media centre software, formerly known as Xbox Media Center (XBMC), is currently being updated  to include a specific accessibility section relating to video playback of captions and selectable audio streams, as well as the ability to install audio menu support.

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Making access work in the New World

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Access to media through audio description and captioning is well established through most of Europe, North America and the English-speaking world. However, the situation in other parts of the globe is very mixed. Reporting in Australia is, not suprisingly, biased towards English language developments and advances. What is happening in other parts of the world, especially in Asia?

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