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April 2015
Date Published News headline and description
21 April 2015 Swedish app massively expands audio described cinema
A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000...
20 April 2015 Report shows British TV channels are exceeding access requirements
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its Television Access Services report for 2014, which shows that all 72 domestic channels have met...
16 April 2015 Media Access Australia launches report on the accessibility of video-on-demand services
Media Access Australia's latest report on the state of play for accessibility on video-on-demand (VOD) services recommends that captioning be...
15 April 2015 Netflix introduces audio description
Daredevil, a TV series about a blind superhero, has become the first program on Netflix to have audio description for people who are blind or vision...
15 April 2015 Employment discrimination inquiry highlights value of digital accessibility
The role of digital accessibility in helping reduce discrimination against older Australians and those with a disability—while helping create value...
14 April 2015 ABC launches trial of audio description on iview
The ABC has today launched a trial of audio description on its online catch-up TV service iview. The trial will last 15 months, during which 14 hours...
13 April 2015 edX settles inaccessible online courses case
Massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX has settled a case brought by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleging that its online courses...
10 April 2015 Web accessibility underpins Australia’s Digital Transformation Office
Web accessibility will play a crucial role in future design and delivery of online government services, according to the alpha website of the federal...
09 April 2015 Petition to make Steam accessible launched
A Change.org petition has launched asking for the world’s largest digital game distribution platform, Steam, to be made accessible for people with...
08 April 2015 Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter adds closed caption support for videos
Kickstarter, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms, has announced a new accessibility feature enabling entrepreneurs to add closed...
02 April 2015 Facebook turns new leaf on accessibility
Facebook has begun touting its accessibility credentials to developers and consumers alike, announcing that it has launched a new Accessibility...
01 April 2015 ACMA releases data on Australians’ internet use
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are becoming the preferred method for Australians to access the internet, according to new data from...
March 2015
Date Published News headline and description
31 March 2015 Empathy and the accessible web experience
Have you considered taking an empathy-based approach to identifying how your organisation can make itself more accessible for people with...
27 March 2015 Samsung boosts smartphone accessibility with Galaxy Talkback for the S6 and S6 Edge
Samsung’s Galaxy S range of smartphones are due to receive a significant accessibility upgrade with the addition of Galaxy Talkback and several new...
27 March 2015 Captions can help address disability education funding crisis
New data has been released showing that Australian schools are struggling to fund the educational support needs of students with a disability. For...
24 March 2015 Netflix launches in Australia with captions
The US-based video-on-demand (VOD) service Netflix launched in Australia today. The good news for Deaf and hearing impaired viewers is that virtually...
18 March 2015 NSW set for web accessible 2015 election
The forthcoming NSW election is looking to be one of Australia’s more accessible state elections thanks to the remote electronic voting system, iVote...
16 March 2015 New caption quality rules take effect in the US
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced new quality rules for closed captions on television which come into effect in the US on 16...
16 March 2015 Disability employment: the three key questions
Answering three key technology questions for job seekers, employers and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lies at the heart of...
11 March 2015 NVDA remote access crowdfunding campaign launches
Third party supporters of NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), the free screen reading software, have launched a campaign seeking financial support to...

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