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February 2016
Date Published News headline and description
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...
10 February 2016 Service Providers Accessibility Guide now available via direct download
Media Access Australia’s Service Providers Accessibility Guide, which received a significant update in October 2015, is now available to download...
04 February 2016 Audio described programs on iview in February
The ABC has released the list of programs that will be available on its online service iview during February with audio description for the blind or...
03 February 2016 Gogo agrees to in-flight captions
In-flight entertainment provider Gogo Vision has struck an agreement with the US National Association of the Deaf to provide access via closed...
02 February 2016 Organisations receive Emmy awards for internet caption standards
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) were honoured at the 67th Annual Technology...
01 February 2016 Languages and the media conference – a major access event
The biggest access conference in the world will take place in Berlin on 2-4 November 2016.
January 2016
Date Published News headline and description
29 January 2016 Pixar’s new app bypasses cinema audio description issues
Movie producer and distributor Pixar Studios has moved to solve the problem of blind people not being able to access its movies by creating an audio...
28 January 2016 Petition launched for more audio description on iTunes
Accessible media advocate Phillip Chalker has launched a Change.org petition calling on iTunes to provide more movies with audio description for...
22 January 2016 Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility promotional video out now
A new video produced by Media Access Australia has been created to promote the upcoming Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA). It’s...
18 January 2016 Accessible cinema technologies introduced on the Gold Coast
The Arts Centre Gold Coast has introduced a new line of personal captioning and audio description devices intended to enhance cinema access for...
14 January 2016 Disabled gamer impresses at Awesome Games Done Quick 2016
A disabled gamer known as Halfcoordinated, who plays with one hand, has again impressed and inspired the games community by speedrunning (playing as...
12 January 2016 CES 2016 accessibility round-up
The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was held in Las Vegas, USA last week, is generally considered the world’s largest...
08 January 2016 Researchers seek feedback on video-on-demand accessibility
A new Australian research project is asking people to take part in a survey about the use of video-on-demand sites by people with disabilities.
07 January 2016 ACMA releases submissions to caption quality review
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has posted the submissions it received in response to its discussion paper ‘Review of...
05 January 2016 Stan introduces closed captions
The subscription television service Stan has quietly introduced closed captioning on a selection of its titles, with more to come. The service was...
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...

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