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April 2016
Date Published News headline and description
15 April 2016 U.K. Government fails to act on video-on-demand accessibility
The organisation Action on Hearing Loss has expressed disappointment at the U.K. Government’s failure to set targets or introduce legislation for the...
14 April 2016 DIY 3D-printed tactile maps
The expansion of affordable 3D printing into the mainstream has meant that people needing tactile versions of objects or printed material can access...
12 April 2016 Snapchat adds closed captioning support for Discover videos
Social messaging app Snapchat has added closed captioning support for videos shared within its Discover section, allowing major publishers to share...
11 April 2016 TV in UK exceeds captioning and audio description quotas
Television channels in the UK continue to deliver access at much higher levels than the regulated quotas. All channels are covered by the access...
11 April 2016 The force is even stronger with AD and CC
The latest film in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, is now available for sale in iTunes with audio description (AD) and closed captions, so...
08 April 2016 Australian Network on Disability seeks participants for Banking Accessibility Survey 2016
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is conducting a new survey to extend its research into the accessibility of banking services, encouraging...
07 April 2016 Artificial intelligence in the home with Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a newly released device that could greatly benefit people with vision or motor impairments, but its usability in Australia is...
07 April 2016 Facebook introduces automatic alternative text feature to iOS app
Facebook has launched a feature based on image recognition to provide Automatic Alternative Text (AAT) for photos uploaded to the social media...
06 April 2016 Australian TV networks swap caption suppliers
Some major changes have taken place in Australian television captioning this year, with Ericsson winning the contract to provide captions to the ABC...
06 April 2016 Egypt gets a taste of Hotel Transylvania 2 with live AD
In a first for Egypt and the Middle East, the popular new children’s fantasy-comedy movie Hotel Transylvania 2 was screened in Cairo with live Audio...
05 April 2016 New tech developments give a glimpse of the future
Research into access technology has become quite advanced, with more sophisticated products that are attempting to help people with disabilities in...
01 April 2016 UK Cinemas support World Autism Awareness Day
More than 900 UK cinemas are taking part in special screenings to help recognise World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 2 April.
March 2016
Date Published News headline and description
31 March 2016 Twitter supports alternative text for images sent via app
Twitter has announced that images tweeted from its iOS and Android apps can now include alternative text, ensuring that users of assistive...
30 March 2016 Consultation on communications access
The inclusion of accessibility features in many mainstream smartphones and tablets is a potential game changer in the delivery of special services...
29 March 2016 Social media for those with a disability gets 2016 update
The ground-breaking 2012 ‘SociAbility’ review into social media for those with a disability has had a much anticipated update. The Media Access...
29 March 2016 Audio description awards call for nominations
The annual audio description awards hosted by the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project are now open for nomination.
23 March 2016 Ten years of accessibility on Twitter
Popular social media short-blogging site Twitter is 10 years old and over its life it has gone from being accessible to less accessible and back...
18 March 2016 Using captions for children’s literacy in any language
Captions are not just essential for Deaf and hearing impaired people. Their power to assist literacy, especially in developing countries, has been...
15 March 2016 Accessible media preview from CSUN
The annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (commonly known as CSUN) starts on 21 March in San Diego, California....
14 March 2016 Wikispeech project aims to make Wikipedia accessible for vision impaired people
Swedish researchers are developing an open source speech synthesis platform to make Wikimedia-based websites more accessible to blind and vision...

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