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October 2013
Date Published News headline and description
15 October 2013 Access All Areas Film Festival announces 2013 feature program
Now in its sixth year, the free Access All Areas Film Festival celebrates how the joy of cinema can be opened up to everyone regardless of disability...
14 October 2013 Captions improve learning: study
A case study conducted at San Francisco State University has found that student test scores and levels of comprehension improve when captions are...
11 October 2013 Blind Arabic speakers left out in iOS 7
Blind Arabic speakers have identified that the quality of the screen reader has gone backwards in the latest update to the Apple iPad and iPhone...
10 October 2013 Demonstrations of Kindle Fire accessibility feaures
The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) in the UK has released a set of videos demonstrating the accessibility features of Amazon’s...
08 October 2013 Internet use higher among people with a disability in UK
More people with a disability are using the internet more frequently for social networking and job seeking than people without a disability,...
03 October 2013 Americans push for accessible in-flight entertainment
Following on from the March 2013 introduction of the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act in the USA, a recent Senate hearing has heard statements that...
02 October 2013 New access system hits Spanish cinemas
A number of Spanish cinemas are introducing captioned and audio described movies across their screens using Acce-Play, an accessible cinema system...
01 October 2013 How inaccessible websites could affect your vote
In the wake of Australia's Federal election, Dr Scott Hollier looks at how voters with disability were disadvantaged by the websites and systems on...
September 2013
Date Published News headline and description
30 September 2013 Access grows in the Middle East
Over the coming weeks Media Access Australia will be looking at how access to media and technology is growing in the Middle East, as CEO Alex Varley...
27 September 2013 New Amazon Kindle tablets to include accessibility
After promising last year, Amazon announced on Wednesday that its new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets will come with improved...
26 September 2013 UK broadcasters exceed access requirements
The bi-annual report into the provision of captioning, audio description and sign language on British TV has been released by the media regulator...
24 September 2013 The Android accessibility journey: a vision impaired user perspective
Despite the Apple iPhone leading in accessibility, many blind and vision impaired users eschew it in favour of Google Android phones. Dr Scott...
20 September 2013 eReader producers continue fight to avoid accessibility
eReader manufacturers Amazon, Kobo and Sony have petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek  exemption from laws requiring...
18 September 2013 Accessibility celebrated at game developer awards
The development of games designed to include people with disabilities will be recognised at this year’s Australian Game Developers Awards with the...
18 September 2013 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards winners announced
Organisations that recognise the need to address web accessibility and digital inclusion were among those celebrated at the Australia and New Zealand...
17 September 2013 When are bad captions permitted on television?
When a viewer complains about inadequate TV captioning Australia’s media regulator steps in to determine if the breach is excusable. We look at the...
16 September 2013 Blind Citizens Australia National Convention – register now
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the representative body for Australians who are blind or vision impaired. The organisation advocates on key issues...
13 September 2013 Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone 5C still not affordable
Apple unveiled its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at this week’s launch, with many disappointed about the pricing of its very first ‘budget’ phone, the...
12 September 2013 Virgin America found in breach of access regulations
The Virgin America airline has been fined for failing to make its safety videos accessible for passengers who are Deaf or hearing impaired.
11 September 2013 Captioning Awards 2013: get your nominations in
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards. The Awards are held annually to recognise and encourage...

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