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December 2015
Date Published News headline and description
24 December 2015 Audio description on ABC iview now available on FreeviewPlus
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s iview, which commenced in April, has now been extended to FreeviewPlus. Previously, it was only available...
23 December 2015 The most popular accessibility stories of 2015
As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web,...
23 December 2015 ACMA releases annual caption compliance reports for 2014-15
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released reports showing the compliance of free-to-air and subscription television...
18 December 2015 Microsoft announces philanthropic initiative to improve digital access
Microsoft has announced an increased commitment to digital accessibility through Microsoft Philanthropies, an organisation within the company aiming...
17 December 2015 Choosing accessible movie sessions
With so many big movies being released for the Christmas season, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Arthur Christmas, it’s...
14 December 2015 Accessible live events conference
Making live events accessible is a growing area. Whilst captioning of live events such as theatre, sports and television programs has been available...
11 December 2015 Interest in mobile accessibility continues to increase: report
The Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) has released a report suggesting that there has been an increased interest in the availability of accessibility...
10 December 2015 Sydney Festival expands accessibility
The innovative program of events to be staged at the upcoming Sydney Festival is set to be more accessible and inclusive than in past years. The...
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...

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