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March 2015
Date Published News headline and description
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...
06 March 2015 #CSUN15 wrap up
The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to...
06 March 2015 Human Rights Commission releases guidance for businesses
The Australian Human Rights Commission has moved to encourage the private sector to better integrate disability rights, among a host of other human...
05 March 2015 Mobile device accessibility recognised
The work of mobile developers in improving access for people with disabilities has been recognised at the 20th Global Mobile Awards.
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...

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