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Access 2020 predicting the future – five experts, 20 ideas

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A highlight of the recent the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin was a panel presentation speculating about what access might look like in the year 2020.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley presenting at the Languages & The Media Conference 2014. Credit: ICWE GmbH / Mark Bollhorst

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Senate committee seeks submissions about caption changes

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The Senate committee which is looking at the Government’s recently proposed changes to caption regulations is seeking submissions by interested parties.

Parliament House, Canberra, with lights on at dusk

The proposed changes are part of the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014, which was read into the House of Representatives on 22 October 2014. They include:


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Hong Kong art for everyone, By ALL Means

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Media Access Australia recently met with staff from Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) during their visit to Australia for the Arts Activated conference. Both organisations were able to share experiences in delivering accessible arts programs to diverse audiences.

香港展能藝術會 Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong logo

ADAHK was formed in 1986 as a result of the first Hong Kong Festival of Arts with the Disabled. Promoting arts for everyone takes on a two-directional and complementary approach for the organisation: horizontal and vertical.


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UK VOD industry has two years to deliver captions or face regulation

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The video on demand (VOD) industry in the United Kingdom has two years to prove that it can deliver reasonable access for deaf people or it will face the government introducing mandatory regulation. This was one of the key discussions at The Future of Subtitling Conference held in London on 10 November 2014.

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Interview with Kate Kennedy, winner of the Roma Wood OAM Award at the 2014 Captioning Awards

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Kate Kennedy is the Coordinator, Information and Advocacy for Parents of Deaf Children (PODC).

Kate Kennedy holding the Roma Wood OAM Community Award for captioning. Left to right: David Brady, Roma Wood, Kate Kennedy, Andrew Stewart, Alex Varley


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Victorian council to hold accessible cinema trial

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Yarra Ranges Council in Melbourne’s far north east is exploring the possibility of offering audio described and captioned movies at its iconic memorial hall, known locally as ‘The Memo’.

Memorial Hall, Healesville, Victoria

A successful trial of open captioned cinema has already taken place, with upcoming audio description and closed caption trials soon to commence.


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Understanding the experience of gamers with disabilities

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Gamers with disabilities often face challenges due to accessibility issues found in games, despite some good resources for developers who want to ensure that people with disabilities can effectively engage in a gaming environment.

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We asked gamers for their thoughts, experiences and opinions on using in-game captions, ideas to improve gaming accessibility, and their stories to share as gamers with a disability.

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Japanese group develops new accessible cinema technology

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Japan’s Media Access Support Center (MASC) has developed a new glasses system to provide closed captions and audio description of movies for people with hearing and vision impairments.

Moverio BT-200 Glasses and control unit

Spurred on by new discrimination legislation as well as the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, the developers are fine tuning the technology for release to the mass market.


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Discovery Kids on Foxtel – learning and access all in one

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Engaging educational TV that is 100% captioned is a boon for students with diverse learning needs. Discovery Kids on FOXTEL, launched last week, delivers on the promise of accessibility and fun educational programming for children.

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Annual film festival brings free accessible movies to Sydney surrounds

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Access All Areas Film Festival will run again this year from 1-5 December across Sydney venues, bringing captioned and audio described Australian feature and short films to the general public and into the classrooms of schools.

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