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February 2014
Date Published News headline and description
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...
03 February 2014 Most accessible game of 2013 announced
The AbleGamers Charity, an international authority on video and computer game accessibility, has announced its awards for games and gaming devices...
January 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 January 2014 Help us improve our website
In an effort to provide the most relevant information on the most accessible website we can, Media Access Australia is seeking feedback from readers...
23 January 2014 ACMA seeks input from the public
Australia’s media regulator, the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA), is seeking members of the public to apply to sit on its Consumer...
23 January 2014 Coming back to Facebook
Guest contributor and screen reader user Andrew Devenish-Meares shares his experience of giving Facebook another go.
22 January 2014 Telstra Pay TV applies for caption exemptions
Telstra Pay TV has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for exemptions to caption requirements for its subscription...
20 January 2014 Window-Eyes screen reader made free to Office users
The market for screen readers, software which converts text on computer screens to synthetic voice, is becoming more competitive and people who are...
17 January 2014 Report looks at television access levels across Europe
A major report commissioned by the European Commission has found that levels of captioning, audio description and signing on television vary widely...
16 January 2014 Test of Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto G smartphone
We’re entering an era where cost doesn’t mean we have to compromise on accessibility. Last year, Motorola announced its $US179 Moto G smartphone....
14 January 2014 Accessibility highlights from the Consumer Electronics Show
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held last week in Las Vegas, revealing a number of interesting new products that are likely to turn up...
09 January 2014 Vimeo enhances accessibility
The video sharing website Vimeo has introduced several new features, including support for closed captions and foreign language subtitles on its...
08 January 2014 New app brings enhanced accessibility to Perth bus network
A new app for Android smartphones has been released to help Perth residents who are blind or vision impaired get around on buses.
07 January 2014 Government changes web accessibility plan
The Australian Government has released its progress report on the National Transition Strategy (NTS) – its schedule to make its websites conform to...
December 2013
Date Published News headline and description
23 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: television caption quality
In June, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its long-awaited caption standard, setting out the criteria it will use...
20 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Foxtel’s On Demand movies captioned
Deaf and hearing impaired viewers have seen large increases in caption levels on television in recent years, but at the same time have been...

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