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September 2014
Date Published News headline and description
16 September 2014 How to improve media access: complain
People with disabilities have been urged to make formal complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission in order to encourage governments to...
15 September 2014 Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities: Local Government NSW 2014
Dr Scott Hollier's presentation at the Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities Forum 2014 is now available to download via SlideShare.
15 September 2014 Cavena announces text-to-speech system for ‘audio subtitling’
Cavena, a major developer of captioning software based in Sweden, has announced a new system for vocalising the subtitles on foreign language films,...
11 September 2014 Apple launches new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with accessibility features
Apple has launched a series of new products including two new iPhone models and the long awaited smartwatch, with the iPhones containing a number of...
10 September 2014 Air Canada improves access for the vision impaired
Air Canada has become the first airline in the world to introduce ‘text-to-speech’ functionality on its in-flight entertainment system, making it...
09 September 2014 Local Government: Practical accessibility steps
Local councils have been urged to consider taking practical steps to improve the accessibility of their websites so that they can better meet their...
09 September 2014 Australian accessible apps developers to be honoured
The shortlist for the inaugural competition to recognise the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, has been...
05 September 2014 Facebook introduces video captions
Facebook has launched a major update to its accessibility features, now allowing users to add captions on videos.
05 September 2014 Aussie boy Huey inspires internet accessibility for all
At age four, Huey Springer became ill with a life-threatening condition which doctors identified as a result of head fluid build-up, requiring...
04 September 2014 Leading Australian arts and disability conference is fully accessible
The fourth national Arts Activated: Creative Connections conference will be presented in Sydney in late October. The conference is the leading arts...
02 September 2014 Finding your way around our updated education website content
The education section of our website has a new menu structure, with an increased level of content and information to assist teachers and parents.
01 September 2014 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships awarded
On Saturday 30 August, 22 teachers were awarded NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships across a range of subject areas and disciplines at Parliament...
01 September 2014 Trial of audio description on ABC iview to start in 2015
The Minister of Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has advised Media Access Australia that a trial of audio description will commence on the ABC’s...
01 September 2014 ACMA finds Nine cricket coverage breached caption quality rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that segments of Channel Nine Cricket broadcast in January 2014 breached its...
August 2014
Date Published News headline and description
29 August 2014 Did you know: One Deaf lawyer helped increase access for all Deaf Canadians?
In 2000, Vancouver lawyer Henry Vlug lodged a complaint against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (...
28 August 2014 How fast should captions be?
A recent article by Diana Sanchez, General Manager of Red Bee Media Spain, looks at one of the perennial areas of debate about captioning— the...
27 August 2014 Consumers and cloud accessibility
Consumers stand to benefit from the wider adoption of cloud services in their private and work lives, but the lack of accessibility of these services...
26 August 2014 Teachers asked to switch on captions for literacy and learning
It’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) and Media Access Australia is encouraging all educators to switch on captions in the classroom...
22 August 2014 Caption reports hide great access story
Why is it that our communications regulator seems satisfied to hide great achievements in access by our free-to-air television stations? Commentary...
22 August 2014 Accessibility: the missing essential in cloud services
Independent access expert Media Access Australia has released a research paper on the need for commercial services and governments to incorporate...

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