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May 2016
Date Published News headline and description
12 May 2016 Apple Store adds new access section in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Individuals with impairments can now find third party accessible accessories for Mac, iPad and iPhone devices to suit their specific needs under the...
11 May 2016 Public Sector web and mobile app accessibility to become law in Europe
Last week, three years since its proposal, it was agreed that public sector web accessibility will now become a legal requirement in Europe; an...
10 May 2016 Highs, challenges, and the road ahead: A podcast with Alex Varley
Alex Varley was the CEO of Media Access Australia since its inception and has been an active advocate for inclusion in the changing media...
10 May 2016 ACCAN calls on networks to use windfall to improve accessibility
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has called on the free-to-air networks to use some of the windfall from a 25% cut in...
09 May 2016 Deaf Society’s president appointed as new Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Last week, it was announced that the Deaf Society’s president and former CEO of People with Disability Australia and manager of the Australian Centre...
09 May 2016 Uber's new accessibility features create job opportunities for Deaf and hearing impaired drivers
Uber has recently improved its app’s accessibility for drivers who are Deaf or hearing impaired, removing communication barriers so that they can...
04 May 2016 BBC publishes research on improving live caption timing
The BBC has released details of experiments it has undertaken which prove that it’s practical to reduce the delay in live captions appearing on the...
04 May 2016 New updates by Twitter client app Twitterrific enhance accessibility for vision impaired users
Twitterrific, a Mac OS X and iOS client for the social networking site Twitter, has launched a host of new and improved accessibility features for...
02 May 2016 Movies with AD on iTunes, May 2016
Last month we provided an up-to-date list of audio described (AD) movies in the Australian iTunes store. Some of the listed titles had specific...
April 2016
Date Published News headline and description
26 April 2016 Double accessibility dose from the Doctor
Dr Scott Hollier will be giving two presentations at the upcoming Print Disability Conference in Melbourne at the Bayview on the Park from 14-17 May.
22 April 2016 ABC seeks feedback on iview audio description trial
This month marks the anniversary of the trial of audio description for the blind or vision impaired on iview, and the ABC has released a survey in...
20 April 2016 Netflix improves accessibility for the blind
In a court settlement with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Netflix has agreed to include more audio description on its streamed content and...
19 April 2016 Australia’s first disability-focused tech accelerator launched
Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator, Remarkable, held its official launch event on 31 March at the University of Sydney. The...
15 April 2016 U.K. Government fails to act on video-on-demand accessibility
The organisation Action on Hearing Loss has expressed disappointment at the U.K. Government’s failure to set targets or introduce legislation for the...
14 April 2016 DIY 3D-printed tactile maps
The expansion of affordable 3D printing into the mainstream has meant that people needing tactile versions of objects or printed material can access...
12 April 2016 Snapchat adds closed captioning support for Discover videos
Social messaging app Snapchat has added closed captioning support for videos shared within its Discover section, allowing major publishers to share...
11 April 2016 TV in UK exceeds captioning and audio description quotas
Television channels in the UK continue to deliver access at much higher levels than the regulated quotas. All channels are covered by the access...
11 April 2016 The force is even stronger with AD and CC
The latest film in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, is now available for sale in iTunes with audio description (AD) and closed captions, so...
08 April 2016 Australian Network on Disability seeks participants for Banking Accessibility Survey 2016
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is conducting a new survey to extend its research into the accessibility of banking services, encouraging...
07 April 2016 Artificial intelligence in the home with Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a newly released device that could greatly benefit people with vision or motor impairments, but its usability in Australia is...

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