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A guide to the mainstream technologies that are affordable and accessible, helping people with a disability access information when and where they choose.  

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Latest News

  • Vision Australia has lodged complaints against the Seven, Nine and Ten networks, SBS and Foxtel with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), calling on them to provide an audio description service for the blind and vision impaired.

  • A bill to amend sections of the Broadcasting Services Act, including some sections relating to captioning, was passed in the House of Representatives last night. However, amendments to the original bill mean that broadcasters will have to continue reporting on captioning compliance, while a scheduled review of the captioning rules will go ahead.

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015
    Red Bee publishes results of caption survey

    The captioning provider Red Bee Media Australia has published the results of a survey it conducted about the positioning of captions on the Seven Network program My Kitchen Rules.

  • A campaign has been launched to encourage bloggers and other online content creators to provide audiocasts with their posts. Speak Your Word, an initiative driven by filmmaker, photographer and writer Miguel Cano, seeks to provide the global blind and vision-impaired community with a more human experience of the web.

  • Friday, 20 February 2015
    Q&A: The importance of accessible gaming

    Media Access Australia spoke with accessible gaming advocate Ian Hamilton on the importance and value of accessible digital entertainment ahead of his presentation at this year’s annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2015).

  • Thursday, 19 February 2015
    Q&A: IAAP’s CEO Chris Peck

    The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), the body created to promote the development of an accessibility profession, turns one year old this March. Ahead of its first birthday—coinciding with the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2015)—Media Access Australia spoke to IAAP’s CEO, Chris Peck, for a look at the organisation’s achievements so far.

  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a report which looks at the different ways that Australians are viewing TV programs, with the catch-up TV services being particularly popular. This highlights the need for captioning on these services.

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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