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November 2014
Date Published News headline and description
11 November 2014 Annual film festival brings free accessible movies to Sydney surrounds
Access All Areas Film Festival will run again this year from 1-5 December across Sydney venues, bringing captioned and audio described Australian...
06 November 2014 Ofcom report highlights live captioning issues
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued the second of four planned reports on the quality of live captioning. It finds that there have been...
06 November 2014 Legal action against Coles over website accessibility
Legal proceedings have begun against supermarket chain Coles over the accessibility of its online shopping service, with users reporting that they...
05 November 2014 Government postpones changes to captioning regulations
After lobbying from consumer groups, the Government has referred to a Senate committee a bill which would change captioning requirements for...
04 November 2014 Milestones and open mikes at the Other Film Festival
In a celebratory edition of the bi-annual Other Film Festival, a world-first live audio description competition will be held to raise awareness of...
03 November 2014 The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014
Another year of captioning achievements was celebrated at the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards, which were held at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in...
03 November 2014 American theatre takes audio description to a new level
Arena Stage in Washington DC has partnered with the American Council of the Blind to expand its established audio described theatre program to every...
October 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 October 2014 Previewing Access 2020 – can we predict the future?
Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of access with four international access experts at the...
30 October 2014 Consumers condemn proposed changes to captioning regulations
Consumer groups have condemned the Federal Government’s proposals to change the rules governing captioning which were introduced in Parliament last...
29 October 2014 Facebook introduces VoiceOver gestures for iOS Messenger app
Facebook has recently announced the addition of gesture-based accessibility features in the latest version of its Messenger app for iOS8.
27 October 2014 Five highlights of Language and the Media
The bi-annual Languages and the Media conference is being held in Berlin from 5-7 November. This is the biggest media access conference in the world...
23 October 2014 Awards recognise accessible websites
Australian web users stand to benefit from increased access to websites thanks to the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) 2014 Web Awards.
22 October 2014 Government proposes to end caption reporting by free-to-air broadcasters
A bill was today introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, which would remove the...
20 October 2014 The New Zealand Captioning Awards
Individuals and organisations which have contributed to the advancement of captioning will be honoured at the New Zealand Captioning Awards, to be...
17 October 2014 Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google has announced the availability of the next version of its Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
16 October 2014 Video on demand services still lack captions
A recent article on the VOD Professional website highlights that fact that most video on demand (VOD) services in the UK still lack closed captions.
16 October 2014 National Curriculum Review and inclusiveness
Commentary by Anne McGrath, Education Manager, Media Access Australia The education community has been anticipating the Australian Government’s newly...
15 October 2014 Dedicated television channel for primary school children with captions
A partnership between Ai-Media and Discovery Kids will culminate in the launching of Australia’s only television channel dedicated to primary school...
14 October 2014 Print disability conference calls for papers for 2015
The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is calling for papers for its next conference, to be held in Adelaide on 2...
10 October 2014 Google Glass to have captions
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an app which will provide real-time captions on Google Glass, and potentially be of...

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