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August 2014
Date Published News headline and description
04 August 2014 NDIS service providers urged to consider ICT accessibility
Service providers to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been advised to consider the accessibility of their information...
01 August 2014 Audio description takes to the sky
Emirates airline has announced the introduction of audio description to its in-flight entertainment system, making it the first airline to provide...
July 2014
Date Published News headline and description
31 July 2014 Making cloud computing accessible
With cloud computing becoming increasingly central to daily life, cloud providers have been urged to consider the access requirements of consumers...
30 July 2014 Accessible cinema to get a legislative boost in the USA
Last week the United States Attorney General signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which recommends amendments to the Americans With Disabilities...
29 July 2014 Caption developments for cinema and the arts
The last few years have seen major developments in cinema accessibility alongside the update to digital cinema. Theatre and musical theatre have also...
25 July 2014 OwnFone launches ‘world's first braille mobile phone’ in Australia
OwnFone has launched a braille-based mobile phone for blind and vision impaired users in Australia—a world-first, according to the mobile technology...
25 July 2014 Ofcom consults on sign language requirements
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has launched a review of the signing arrangements it has in place for TV channels with low audience levels.
24 July 2014 Q&A: Former Australian Disability Commissioner, Graeme Innes
Media Access Australia spoke to former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes about his time in the role, web accessibility, disability...
23 July 2014 IBM creates new role: Chief Accessibility Officer
IBM has recently named Frances West, a 25-year IBM veteran, as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer.
23 July 2014 Q&A: Digital literature accessibility
Media Access Australia spoke with Dr. Mike Kent, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Department of Internet...
22 July 2014 Ofcom releases access requirements for 2015
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its list of TV channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...
22 July 2014 The National Library: a ‘treasure trove’ of captioned resources
The National Library of Australia (NLA), located in Canberra, is home to extensive collections across a range of disciplines including Australian...
21 July 2014 WA Accessibility Camp agenda now available
The agenda for the WA accessibility camp to be held on 1 August 2014 is now available. The event is headlined with keynotes by Alec Coles from the...
18 July 2014 Call for Japanese news to have English subtitles
An expert panel at Japan’s ministry of communications has called for broadcasters to provide English-language subtitles for news bulletins in time...
18 July 2014 Leading the field - Betty Siegel
Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is a driving force in accessible arts across...
17 July 2014 Q&A: TIA on mobile technology and Baby Boomers
Media Access Australia spoke to Brian Scarpelli, Director, Government Affairs at the US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) following his...
16 July 2014 Teachers on the power of captions in the classroom
Media Access Australia recently spoke to teachers participating in this year’s cap that! campaign about the power of captions to transform education...
16 July 2014 Captioning of online video clips to be mandatory in US
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted unanimously to make it mandatory to caption online video clips which were originally captioned...
16 July 2014 UK regulator begins consultation on speaking TV program guides
The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has begun a consultation process in which it is asking for feedback on how electronic program guides (EPGs)...
11 July 2014 US communications regulator reports on audio description
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a report on the current state of audio description on broadcast television and television...

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