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February 2015
Date Published News headline and description
11 February 2015 Canadian cinemas commence autism-friendly movie sessions
One of Canada’s largest entertainment companies, Cineplex Entertainment, has announced the introduction of a movie screening program for people with...
10 February 2015 Senate committee reports on proposed captioning changes
The Senate committee which reviewed the Government’s proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act, including changes to the captioning...
09 February 2015 Think ‘Smart’ – IEP goals for access
Part of the core work for teachers is to create learning goals for their students, on a class and at times individual basis. It is imperative that...
06 February 2015 YouTube admits automatic captions have a way to go
Google’s YouTube has admitted that it needs to work harder to provide better quality automatic captions for content uploaded to its video streaming...
04 February 2015 YouTube embraces HTML5
The accessibility of Google’s YouTube video service looks set to improve thanks to the recent decision by the internet giant to abandon Adobe’s Flash...
04 February 2015 Web accessibility is everyone’s responsibility
As anyone familiar with the web accessibility space will have noted, discrimination complaints against companies who do not make their websites and...
03 February 2015 Irish regulator announces new TV access targets
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced new targets for captioning, audio description and signing on television for 2015-2018.
02 February 2015 Red Bee Media conducts online caption survey
The access company Red Bee Media Australia, which provides the captions for the Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, is seeking feedback from caption...
January 2015
Date Published News headline and description
30 January 2015 Don’t make consumers the TV access police
Media Access Australia is concerned that the proposed approach to reforming captioning regulation is going too far in shifting responsibility towards...
30 January 2015 Inclusive design and improving access for people with visual impairments
In the UK, young people aged 16-25 who have a vision impairment are twice as likely as others their age not to be in employment, education or...
29 January 2015 New report highlights the need for VOD accessibility
A new review into current and future trends in technology, media and telecommunications refutes the idea that younger people are reluctant to spend...
29 January 2015 Planning for an accessible new school year
With the new school year comes the promise and excitement of many challenges, not the least of which is how to ensure teaching and learning resources...
29 January 2015 Deloitte reveals media, technology predictions
Consultancy firm Deloitte has released its predictions into major technology, communications and media trends for 2015.
28 January 2015 Consultation paper provides opportunity to comment on TV captioning regulations
The Federal Government today released a consultation paper which proposes a number of changes to the regulations governing free-to-air television....
28 January 2015 Call for participants in new Twitter and communication disabilities study
A new Australian study into the ways in which people with communication disabilities use the social media platform Twitter for information exchange...
28 January 2015 Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential
Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.
27 January 2015 Accessible documents and automated tools
Media Access Australia spoke to Dr Jason Guo, Systems Architect and Web Developer at XiNG Digital, ahead of his presentation on using an automated...
22 January 2015 Red Bee Media asks for feedback from caption users
The major captioning provider Red Bee Media Australia is seeking feedback about the positioning of captions on the popular Seven Network program My...
22 January 2015 ACMA posts preliminary caption exemptions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has commenced posting this year’s round of draft exemption and target reduction orders,...
20 January 2015 Mobile device usage surges in Australia
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released new research showing the growing use of tablet computers which, in turn,...

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