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December 2015
Date Published News headline and description
09 December 2015 Cortana now available to Australian Windows 10 users
Support for Cortana for Australian users has been added in the latest November update for Windows 10, allowing the feature to be officially enabled...
07 December 2015 Q&A with Sonokids Australia: education through gaming for children with disability
We spoke with Phia Damsma, co-founder and Creative Director at Sonokids Australia, to learn about the processes involved in creating accessible,...
04 December 2015 European Commission proposes making products and services more accessible
The European Commission has proposed a European Accessibility Act which will set accessibility requirements for key products across the European...
04 December 2015 U.S. broadcasts live TV audio description for the first time
U.S. cable provider Comcast, in partnership with NBC and Descriptive Video Works (DVW), will mark the International Day of People with Disability (3...
03 December 2015 Feedback on captioning regulation wanted
The lead-up to the end of the year has seen a little burst of consultation around captioning issues. The Federal Department of Communications and the...
01 December 2015 Ofcom releases fourth caption quality report
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its fourth and final report into the quality of live captioning on television.
November 2015
Date Published News headline and description
27 November 2015 Accessible film festival hosts free gala screening in Sydney
Access All Areas Film Festival (AAAFF) will be celebrating the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December with a free screening of...
26 November 2015 Anger with American Airlines over inaccessible inflight entertainment
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to express their disappointment with American Airlines after the airline responded to a query on the...
26 November 2015 Handel’s Messiah live streamed and accessible
Streaming live events on the internet allows people who cannot attend to experience the performance. A more recent innovation is to include...
25 November 2015 Blind activist launches petition for accessible inflight entertainment
Philip Chalker has launched a petition on Change.org, asking that Virgin Australia provide audio description for people who are blind or vision...
24 November 2015 Better audio description through consultation
A basic rule of research is that if you want to know what somebody thinks about your product, the best thing to do is ask them. It is surprising how...
23 November 2015 US city makes captions compulsory on public TVs
All television sets in public places in Portland, Oregon, will need to have closed captions switched on during business hours, after the Portland...
20 November 2015 YouTube allows fans to contribute video captions
In a recent update, YouTube will allow community members to contribute closed captions to supported videos, opening up the potential for the world’s...
19 November 2015 ACMA asks for feedback on caption quality
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a discussion paper entitled ‘Review of the Television Captioning Standard’, and...
19 November 2015 New Zealand expands TV access
New Zealand Broadcast Minister Amy Adams has announced that the government-supported captioning service will extend to Prime Television from February...
18 November 2015 Audio description on iview now available on desktops
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s online iview service which commenced in April has now been extended to desktop computers.
17 November 2015 Audio describing a Lion Dance
A very popular aspect of traditional Chinese culture is the lion dance. They are performed all over the world as part of festivals and events....
16 November 2015 Xbox Accessories app supports standard controller remapping
The recently updated Xbox Accessories app from Microsoft now provides button remapping support for standard Xbox One controllers, adding to the list...
13 November 2015 Digital Gap pushes for change by 2017
The call for improvement to digital accessibility for people with disabilities moved to Parliament House in Canberra with a call for significant...
12 November 2015 Credit Union Christmas Pageant provides audio description
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant will be broadcast on 101.5FM Radio Adelaide on the morning of Saturday 14th November, with audio description...

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