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March 2014
Date Published News headline and description
18 March 2014 Deaf Australia appoints new CEO
Deaf Australia has appointed Kyle Miers as its new chief executive officer, replacing Karen Lloyd AM, who retired in February.
14 March 2014 Captioned theatre funding program for US regional venues
American not-for-profit organisation Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is offering two-year partnerships to regional venues to provide open captioning...
14 March 2014 ACMA releases community safeguards report
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its report on the ‘Contemporary community safeguards inquiry’ it...
14 March 2014 Sydney Opera House unveils its 2014 Access Program
One of the world’s most iconic performance spaces has launched a new program of services and initiatives to ensure people with disabilities...
12 March 2014 European Union legislates for web accessibility
The European Parliament has passed a law to improve the accessibility of information on government websites in European Union member countries. This...
12 March 2014 Results of the WebAIM screen reader survey
Accessibility service WebAIM has released the results of its international screen reader user survey. They reveal the experience of blind people...
12 March 2014 'Includification' in gaming at South By South West
Austin Texas is currently playing host to the South By South West (SXSW) popular culture conference. The program celebrates innovation in music, film...
12 March 2014 Free TV Australia requests an end to caption reporting requirements
In a submission to the Department of Communications, Free TV Australia, the organisation which represents Australian free-to-air broadcasters, has...
11 March 2014 Latest DVDs released in February 2014
Since our last report in November, at least 24 movies have been released on DVD with both closed captions and audio description. Of the 61 titles we...
03 March 2014 Mozilla's $25 accessible smartphone
Soon there will be more choice in the accessible smartphone market, with not-for-profit technology organisation Mozilla launching its own mobile...
February 2014
Date Published News headline and description
26 February 2014 Audio desciption at the Adelaide Festival
The annual Adelaide Festival, considered one of the world’s best celebrations of the arts, kicks off on 28 February with a program full of audio...
25 February 2014 Print Disability Round Table: staff picks
The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disability is on in May. Held in Brisbane, the four day conference will cover almost...
24 February 2014 Project Tango: Google's new indoor mapping device
Google is currently working on a new smartphone that is able to create a digital rendering of an environment. The experimental technology has huge...
24 February 2014 US regulator introduces new caption quality rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA voted unanimously on 20 February to approve new, comprehensive rules to ensure that closed...
21 February 2014 New tools adds audio description to YouTube videos
Blind or vision impaired people will have an additional way to access audio description services on YouTube videos through a new experimental online...
17 February 2014 Assistive apps in the spotlight
Stop Announcer, the app that helps people who are blind or vision impaired navigate public transport, was profiled on the ABC’s 7.30 WA on Friday....
06 February 2014 Ticketing websites inaccessible, report finds
Music fans with disability face constant obstacles when buying tickets for performances and festivals, according to a report released by UK charity...
05 February 2014 ACMA makes no finding regarding Foxtel captioning complaint
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made no finding in relation to a complaint made by a member of the public that an...
05 February 2014 Access conference comes to Brisbane
Registrations for the 2014 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities are now open. The annual conference focuses on how...
03 February 2014 Assistive technology promoted at the Super Bowl
Microsoft has used its advertising slot at the American football championship (known as the Super Bowl) to shed light on how technology enhances the...

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