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March 2016
Date Published News headline and description
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...
23 February 2016 Blind Americans frustrated over cinema customer service failure
Most cinemas in America (and Australia) provide audio description technology and screen audio described movies for blind and vision impaired people,...
22 February 2016 New era for Media Access Australia as CEO steps down
After a combined 20 years of working for Media Access Australia and its predecessor the Australian Caption Centre, CEO Alex Varley is stepping down...
19 February 2016 Microsoft reveals accessibility goals for Windows 10 and Office 365
Tech giant Microsoft has revealed its roadmap of accessibility features to be introduced in Windows 10 and Office 365 over the course of 2016. The...
18 February 2016 Accessibility in the cloud – benefits, issues and trends
As a new survey shows an increase in the use of the cloud in 2016, the impact of this on people with disabilities and impairments becomes ever more...
15 February 2016 Video advertisements on Facebook to be auto-captioned
Facebook will begin to roll out a new feature that will make auto-playing advertisements more accessible to people with a disability.
11 February 2016 Class action launched in the US demanding captioned lyrics
Nine deaf advocates and individuals have launched a class action against a number of Hollywood Studios, including Disney, Sony, Netflix, Paramount...

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