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May 2015
Date Published News headline and description
11 May 2015 Case Study: Municipal Association of Victoria unlocks power of digital accessibility
The peak body representing local councils in the Australian state of Victoria partners with Media Access Australia to deliver upskilling, training...
07 May 2015 Hawaii makes cinema access compulsory
The US state of Hawaii has brought in state legislation to mandate the provision of captions and audio description (described as “descriptive...
07 May 2015 Lessons from Skandia Bank’s accessibility journey
Norwegian bank Skandiabanken’s Snorre Kim discusses why a major national bank decided to put digital accessibility at the front and centre of its...
06 May 2015 Consumers encouraged to nominate accessible apps
Users of mobile device apps have been encouraged to nominate their favourite accessible apps for the 2015 Apps For All Challenge.
05 May 2015 Report on the state of captioning in Europe released
The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at the levels of captioning on television, video-on-...
01 May 2015 Q&A with Robert Kingett: motivational speaker, author and video-on-demand accessibility advocate
Media Access Australia spoke to Robert Kingett, accessibility advocate, motivational speaker, author of “Off the Grid: Living Blind Without the...
April 2015
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29 April 2015 Q&A with Robert Osztolykan, creator of the petition to make Steam accessible
Media Access Australia spoke with Robert Osztolykan, blind gamer and creator of the petition to make Valve’s gaming platform Steam accessible to...
27 April 2015 Why does Netflix’s accessible offering hit Presto and Stan for six?
Barely a moment after we were celebrating the launch of ABC’s long-awaited audio description service on the popular iview player video on demand (VOD...
27 April 2015 Digital Transformation Office updates guidance on Digital Service Standard
The Digital Transformation Office—a new body created to manage the improved design of online government services—has provided updated guidance for...
24 April 2015 Apple Watch accessibility features
With Apple’s new watch becoming officially available, Media Access Australia has put together a round-up of all the accessibility features of the new...
23 April 2015 What are the most accessible video-on-demand services?
With consumers increasingly turning to their computers and mobile devices to watch TV programs and movies, the accessibility of video-on-demand...
22 April 2015 Hong Kong honours accessible websites and apps
The Government of Hong Kong has once again recognised the efforts of web developers and designers in creating websites and mobile apps that are...
22 April 2015 AD 2020 – what will happen to audio description in the next 5 years?
Predicting the future beyond the next year or two is a risky business, even more so if you are looking at media and digital services. Media Access...
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...

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