Champion literacy with captions

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Our education campaign asking teachers to turn on captions in the classroom for all students.

Are you an educator? Visit cap that! for free resources around the Australian Curriculum.


People are turning to the web for their video content more and more.

We help you find video with captions and audio description online and off.

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Latest News

  • The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its list of TV channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio description and signing – in 2015.

  • The National Library of Australia (NLA), located in Canberra, is home to extensive collections across a range of disciplines including Australian cultural collections; and provides access to online journals, databases, newspapers and much more.

  • The agenda for the WA accessibility camp to be held on 1 August 2014 is now available. The event is headlined with keynotes by Alec Coles from the Western Australian Museum based on the topic ‘An Accessible Museum for WA’, and MAA’s own Dr Scott Hollier speaking about recent advances on accessibility and cloud computing.

  • An expert panel at Japan’s ministry of communications has called for broadcasters to provide English-language subtitles for news bulletins in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Friday, 18 July 2014
    Leading the field - Betty Siegel

    Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is a driving force in accessible arts across America. Her wealth of experience makes her a prime candidate for our 'experts in access' series. Ally Woodford, one of Media Access Australia's project managers, took the opportunity to interview Betty as she prepares for the upcoming LEAD conference.

  • Media Access Australia spoke to Brian Scarpelli, Director, Government Affairs at the US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) following his chairing of a session on mobile technology and Baby Boomers at this year’s M-Enabling Conference.

  • Media Access Australia recently spoke to teachers participating in this year’s cap that! campaign about the power of captions to transform education delivery. Here are some of their insights.

Welcome to Media Access Australia

This website provides information on access to media using technology. It covers a wide range of practical information on access issues involving TV, DVDs, cinema-the-arts, the artsXXX, new media and education; and access technologies including captioning (primarily used by people who are Deaf and hearing impaired) and audio description (primarily used by people who are blind and vision impaired). You will also find information on rules and regulations affecting access, and levels of access on various types of media in Australia and the rest of the world. The key to our service is keeping people up-to-date with the world of accessible media.

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