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May 2014
Date Published News headline and description
14 May 2014 Audio description seminar calls for papers
The 5th Advanced Research Seminar on Audio Description (ARSAD) will be held in Barcelona on 19-20 March, 2015, and organisers are calling on experts...
13 May 2014 Global Accessibility Awareness Day: events in your city
Thursday 15 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to raising the profile of digital accessibility and people with...
09 May 2014 The digital accessible cinema chain: Part 1 – The overall picture and stakeholders
In this three-part series, Media Access Australia project manager Ally Woodford looks at the stakeholders and roles they play in making movies...
07 May 2014 Audio description to be celebrated at US conference
The Third Audio Description Project Conference, to be held in Las Vegas next month, will highlight how audio description continues to develop as an...
06 May 2014 UK theatre captioners receive research funding
UK charity Nesta has just announced its latest round of funding recipients under its Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts. One of the...
02 May 2014 Naughty behaviour from Canadian porn channel
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has warned Channel Zero, a Toronto-based company that provides three...
02 May 2014 Google Glass apps for people with disability trialled by Telstra
The potential benefits of Google Glass for people with disability are becoming a reality thanks to a partnership between Telstra and app developers...
01 May 2014 UK media regulator releases first caption quality report
On October 2013, the UK communications regulator Ofcom announced that it would be requiring broadcasters to measure and report on the quality of...
01 May 2014 Captioning to increase in the Netherlands
The Dutch culture ministry is introducing new requirements for closed captioning on television, which will now include the commercial television...
April 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 April 2014 Kill CAPTCHA campaign update: send culprits a letter
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has published a letter for people to send to companies that use inaccessible CAPTCHAs.
30 April 2014 US government agency sued for inaccessibility
An accessibility law suit has been brought against the United States General Services Administration (GSA) alleging that its website, SAM.gov, is...
29 April 2014 Developments in audio described video on demand
Canadian company Zagga TV is the latest initiative to provide blind and vision impaired viewers with a comprehensive, audio described video on demand...
24 April 2014 A look into the future of captioning
Advances in technology have the potential to streamline the captioning process and make captioning more affordable without sacrificing quality,...
23 April 2014 Australia urged to ease copyright restrictions on accessible books
On  World Book Day, the Australian Government has been called on to ease the copyright restrictions which reduce the number of books that are...
17 April 2014 University entrance now possible for blind students in China
Thanks to a change in regulation, blind and vision impaired students in China will be given access to mainstream higher education.
15 April 2014 Accessible app competition launched
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission have come together to run the inaugural Apps...
15 April 2014 Results of our survey on multichannel captioning
A survey conducted by Media Access Australia has found that levels of captioning on commercial multichannels, which include 7Two, Go! and One, remain...
14 April 2014 Perth to host Web4All and World Wide Web conferences
Perth has won its bid to host the 2017 Web4All (W4A) and World Wide Web (WWW) conferences. The two co-located events will see world renowned web...
10 April 2014 Microsoft accessibility expert wins award for captioning work
Anne Marie Rohaly, director of accessibility policy and standards at Microsoft, has won a national broadcasting award for her work on making online...
10 April 2014 Live captions for students on the autism spectrum
Captioning company Ai-Media has launched a pilot program to test a new product designed to help students on the autism spectrum. 

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