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March 2015
Date Published News headline and description
05 March 2015 NVDA 2015.1 screen reader released: hands-on first impressions
NVDA, the free screen reader for Windows which is one of the world’s most popular, continues to receive significant improvements with the latest...
03 March 2015 iPads, and improved access to education
Media Access Australia spoke to Lyn Robinson, Assistive Technology Teacher and Principal Researcher in the iPad Project about how tablet computers...
02 March 2015 Vision Australia launches audio description campaign
Vision Australia has launched Tell the Whole Story, a campaign calling for the introduction of audio description on television. The campaign asks...
February 2015
Date Published News headline and description
26 February 2015 Vision Australia lodges audio description complaints against broadcasters
Vision Australia has lodged complaints against the Seven, Nine and Ten networks, SBS and Foxtel with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC),...
26 February 2015 Caption reporting retained as communications amendment bill passes House of Reps
A bill to amend sections of the Broadcasting Services Act, including some sections relating to captioning, was passed in the House of Representatives...
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...
24 February 2015 Bloggers encouraged to audiocast their posts
A campaign has been launched to encourage bloggers and other online content creators to provide audiocasts with their posts. Speak Your Word, an...
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...
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,...
19 February 2015 ACMA reports on Australians’ online video use
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a report which looks at the different ways that Australians are viewing TV...
18 February 2015 Audio description app trialled in the UK
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has commenced a trial of a new app designed to deliver audio description for programs on video-on...
17 February 2015 Coles web accessibility case settled
The case against grocery retailer Coles, for the alleged inaccessibility of its online shopping service, has been settled.
16 February 2015 Harvard & MIT sued over lack of captions
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are being sued for the alleged discrimination against people who are Deaf or...
11 February 2015 Canadian cinemas commence autism-friendly movie sessions
One of Canada’s largest entertainment companies, Cineplex Entertainment, has announced the introduction of a movie screening program for people with...
10 February 2015 Senate committee reports on proposed captioning changes
The Senate committee which reviewed the Government’s proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act, including changes to the captioning...
09 February 2015 Think ‘Smart’ – IEP goals for access
Part of the core work for teachers is to create learning goals for their students, on a class and at times individual basis. It is imperative that...
06 February 2015 YouTube admits automatic captions have a way to go
Google’s YouTube has admitted that it needs to work harder to provide better quality automatic captions for content uploaded to its video streaming...
04 February 2015 YouTube embraces HTML5
The accessibility of Google’s YouTube video service looks set to improve thanks to the recent decision by the internet giant to abandon Adobe’s Flash...
04 February 2015 Web accessibility is everyone’s responsibility
As anyone familiar with the web accessibility space will have noted, discrimination complaints against companies who do not make their websites and...
03 February 2015 Irish regulator announces new TV access targets
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced new targets for captioning, audio description and signing on television for 2015-2018.

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