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At the cinema

Many cinemas are making it easier for people with a hearing or vision impairment to go to the movies. Here's what you can expect.

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Find accessible movies

Here is our step-by-step guide to finding accessible movie sessions with CC and AD on each major cinema website.

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Captions in the arts

Captions allow a wider range of people to enjoy the theatre experience, essential for the 4.5 million Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

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Latest Cinema & Arts News

  • Thursday, 15 December 2016
    Accessibility a priority at Sydney Festival

    The Sydney Festival runs in January 2017 with many accessible events featured along with a program of activities that will be accessible to people with a disability.

  • Thursday, 15 December 2016
    Be part of the Diverse-CITY of Melbourne

    Now in its 12th year, the ‘Diverse-CITY’ exhibition is running up until the evening of 21 December. It showcases a diverse range of artworks from artists of all ages who are living with a disability, or an experience of mental ill health, and who come from culturally diverse backgrounds across Victoria.

  • Riverside Theatres in Parramatta are staging a large number of accessible screenings of a variety of popular films including the latest releases, over the Summer season.

  • Media Access Australia wants to let you know about a trio of free events scheduled around the International Day Of People With Disability on 3 December. 'Youth, Mental Health and Inclusion in the Arts' will be staged in Ballarat on 28/11; 'Red Dog True Blue' is being audio described at Event Cinema Parramatta on 4/12; and you're invited to attend the 2016 Arts Access Victoria AGM on 6/12 in South Melbourne.

  • The Sydney Festival is gearing up for January 2017 and the organisers are committed to making every effort to ensure that their program of activities to be staged from 7 to 29 January will be accessible to people with a disability.

  • The Australia Council for the Arts (ACA) is evaluating their 2014-2016 Disability Action Plan and their Arts and Disability Funding program. If you’re an artist or arts-based organisation, they need your help to find out about the challenges so far and your thoughts on future priorities.

  • 121 students took over New Zealand’s Parliament to debate about ‘Accessible Web Pages and Apps’. This was a mock bill aiming to improve accessibility in NZ.

Cinema & Arts

Captions and audio description can be used to enhance access to theatre, video, exhibits at museums and galleries, even architecture and historical sites. Visit the Your Local Cinema website for more on these technologies in cinema.


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