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December 2013
Date Published News headline and description
04 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Accessibility in mainstream devices
In 2013 people with disability have been offered more choice in smartphones and tablet computers. While Apple still dominates this market, this year...
03 December 2013 Telstra bans CAPTCHA tests
Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has won the day by announcing it will no longer use CAPTCHA tests on its apps and websites.
02 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: cinema access advances
Throughout December Media Access Australia will bring you a summary of the biggest developments in access to media and technology seen in 2013. The...
November 2013
Date Published News headline and description
28 November 2013 Online content to support the Australian Curriculum
Finding online resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum is now a whole lot easier. Education Services Australia (ESA) has developed ...
27 November 2013 Nokia assistive app competition
Smartphone company Nokia and the Royal National Institute for Blind People in the UK have partnered in a competition for apps which assist people who...
26 November 2013 New access company launched in New Zealand
Able is the new company which will be supplying captioning for channels TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR in New Zealand, as well as audio description for...
21 November 2013 Conference for educators of blind and vision impaired children
A conference hosted by the Royal National Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) brings teachers together to explore how accessible media and...
20 November 2013 Ai-Media adopts European caption quality model
The Australian access company Ai-Media, which will take over the captioning of all Nine network television programs in January, has adopted the NER...
15 November 2013 An accessible smartphone for under $200
Motorola has produced a smartphone that for $US179 carries all the accessibility features of premium models.
14 November 2013 New disability statistics show continuing need for access
In 2012, there were 4.2 million Australians with a disability, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics survey results released yesterday. The...
13 November 2013 Forum to discuss accessible communications for councils
A Melbourne forum about accessible communications for local councils will be held on Thursday 14 November. Called the White Horse City Council...
12 November 2013 Jodi Awards acknowledge digital media access
The tenth anniversary Jodi Awards were held this week at the UK’s annual Museums Conference, celebrating high quality projects that contribute to...
12 November 2013 Audio description on TV – where to now?
Media Access Australia has prepared an analysis of the ABC’s report on the technical delivery of the audio description trial on ABC1 last year....
11 November 2013 US air travel access rules will affect Australian airlines
In a ruling issued last week by the US Department of Transportation, airlines servicing the US will need to improve access to core travel information...
08 November 2013 Is access to the internet a human right?
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) held a public talk on Thursday which explored the issue of access to the internet and the web as a...
07 November 2013 Register now for OZeWAI 2013
OZeWAI is an annual conference for Australia’s web accessibility community. First held in 1998, OZeWAI has a loyal following of web professionals who...
06 November 2013 Accessible DVDs & Blu-Rays released in October 2013
In Media Access Australia’s most recent search we have found that captioning and audio description across both DVD and Blu-Ray remains at their usual...
01 November 2013 Rights Talk – internet as a human right
The Australian Human Rights Commission is holding its next Rights Talk on the theme ‘Access to the internet as a human right’ in Sydney on Thursday.
October 2013
Date Published News headline and description
31 October 2013 US adopts rules to make electronic devices more accessible
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a set of rules which will make a wide range of electronic devices more accessible for the...
31 October 2013 Network Ten stays with Red Bee Media for captioning services
Major access supplier Red Bee Media has announced a multi-year arrangement to provide captioning services to Australian broadcaster Network Ten. This...

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