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April 2016
Date Published News headline and description
07 April 2016 Facebook introduces automatic alternative text feature to iOS app
Facebook has launched a feature based on image recognition to provide Automatic Alternative Text (AAT) for photos uploaded to the social media...
06 April 2016 Australian TV networks swap caption suppliers
Some major changes have taken place in Australian television captioning this year, with Ericsson winning the contract to provide captions to the ABC...
06 April 2016 Egypt gets a taste of Hotel Transylvania 2 with live AD
In a first for Egypt and the Middle East, the popular new children’s fantasy-comedy movie Hotel Transylvania 2 was screened in Cairo with live Audio...
05 April 2016 New tech developments give a glimpse of the future
Research into access technology has become quite advanced, with more sophisticated products that are attempting to help people with disabilities in...
01 April 2016 UK Cinemas support World Autism Awareness Day
More than 900 UK cinemas are taking part in special screenings to help recognise World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 2 April.
March 2016
Date Published News headline and description
31 March 2016 Twitter supports alternative text for images sent via app
Twitter has announced that images tweeted from its iOS and Android apps can now include alternative text, ensuring that users of assistive...
30 March 2016 Consultation on communications access
The inclusion of accessibility features in many mainstream smartphones and tablets is a potential game changer in the delivery of special services...
29 March 2016 Social media for those with a disability gets 2016 update
The ground-breaking 2012 ‘SociAbility’ review into social media for those with a disability has had a much anticipated update. The Media Access...
29 March 2016 Audio description awards call for nominations
The annual audio description awards hosted by the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project are now open for nomination.
23 March 2016 Ten years of accessibility on Twitter
Popular social media short-blogging site Twitter is 10 years old and over its life it has gone from being accessible to less accessible and back...
18 March 2016 Using captions for children’s literacy in any language
Captions are not just essential for Deaf and hearing impaired people. Their power to assist literacy, especially in developing countries, has been...
15 March 2016 Accessible media preview from CSUN
The annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (commonly known as CSUN) starts on 21 March in San Diego, California....
14 March 2016 Wikispeech project aims to make Wikipedia accessible for vision impaired people
Swedish researchers are developing an open source speech synthesis platform to make Wikimedia-based websites more accessible to blind and vision...
10 March 2016 Crossing the digital divide
A recent discussion paper states that 1 million Australians with a disability don’t have internet access at home, because of cost, complexity and/or...
04 March 2016 Sydney Opera House launches expanded access strategic plan
One of the world’s leading arts venues, the Sydney Opera House, has launched a significantly expanded access strategic plan, covering all elements of...
03 March 2016 ACMA releases captioning standards report
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released the final report on the review it has been conducting of television captioning...
02 March 2016 BBC researches caption user experience
Three researchers from the BBC have created a framework for understanding – and potentially improving – the UX (user experience) of people who use...
February 2016
Date Published News headline and description
26 February 2016 More work needed for digital inclusion at home
A newly-released report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) lists the number of households with access to the internet at home as 7.7...
25 February 2016 U.S. clarifies TV captioning responsibilities
In a new ruling, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has moved to improve captions by clarifying who bears the responsibility for their...
24 February 2016 First NVDA screen reader update for 2016 now available
NV Access has launched the 2016.1 update of its NVDA screen reader for Microsoft Windows, adding a new option to lower the volume of external sounds...

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