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June 2015
Date Published News headline and description
25 June 2015 UK regulator releases access requirements for 2016
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its list of TV channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...
24 June 2015 Egypt audio describes its first feature film
On 11 June 2015, the 1963 epic drama Al Nasser Saladin became the first Egyptian feature film to be screened with audio description for blind and...
23 June 2015 Apple wins AFB award for its accessibility product features
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has announced that the Helen Keller Award for 2015 has been won by Apple due to its commitment to...
22 June 2015 Employment conference to cover digital accessibility
One of the most powerful practical approaches to assist people with a disability in becoming self-sufficient and managing their needs is through...
18 June 2015 Vale Tammy Axelsen
It is with great sadness that we note the sudden death of Tammy Axelsen on 10 June at her home in Tasmania. Tammy was the dedicated administrator and...
18 June 2015 Government announces review of the ACMA
The Department of Communications is undertaking a comprehensive review of Australia’s communications regulator, the Australian Communications and...
17 June 2015 Accessible trailers help you decide
Many movies are available with captions and/or audio description at cinemas, on DVD and some video-on-demand (VOD) services. But how do you decide...
16 June 2015 Captioning helps ASD students
One of the identified audiences for Media Access Australia’s CAP THAT! campaign is students with diverse learning needs. This includes students who...
16 June 2015 Affordable Access secures grant funding
Media Access Australia has secured an Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN) grant for its Affordable Access project, which will...
16 June 2015 Android Wear 5.1.1 includes long-awaited accessibility features
The latest version of the Android Wear operating system version 5.1.1 includes several new accessibility features which allows wearable devices to...
11 June 2015 Chinese tech giant Baidu announces Blind Search device
China’s leading search engine provider Baidu has announced the Blind Search device, a tool to assist blind and vision impaired people access “massive...
09 June 2015 Captions aid literacy in the classroom
Worldwide studies have identified that captions can play a vital role in improving literacy levels of students. Improving reading skills is...
09 June 2015 UK disability advocates release roadmap for VOD accessibility
The accessibility of video-on-demand (VOD) services is a hot topic in Australia, the UK and other countries at the moment. There have been calls for...
05 June 2015 Californian government websites found to be inaccessible
The California State Auditor has reported that many government websites in the state continue to not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities...
05 June 2015 ACMA releases caption compliance reports for 2013-2014
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released the annual captioning compliance reports for free-to-air and subscription...
03 June 2015 Captions help one third of students in the classroom
Media Access Australia’s major education campaign CAP THAT! has launched for 2015.
01 June 2015 Q&A: Social media and accessibility
Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications and Co-Founder, AXSChat, G3ict EmployAbility and Technology Chair, discusses accessibility and social media...
May 2015
Date Published News headline and description
26 May 2015 UK regulator releases caption quality report
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released the third of four planned reports on the quality of live captioning on television.
21 May 2015 NZ increases funding for captioning and audio description
NZ On Air, the New Zealand Government’s broadcast funding agency, has announced that it will increase its funding for captioning and audio...
19 May 2015 Australian Network on Disability forms alliance with Media Access Australia to achieve accessibility in the workplace
Media Access Australia, Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disability,...

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