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July 2014
Date Published News headline and description
16 July 2014 UK regulator begins consultation on speaking TV program guides
The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has begun a consultation process in which it is asking for feedback on how electronic program guides (EPGs)...
11 July 2014 Q&A: Accessible on-demand video services
Media Access Australia spoke with Dr Katie Ellis, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University ahead...
10 July 2014 Web accessibility vital to elections
Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, has warned that a lack of accessible websites could lead to voters with...
09 July 2014 Q&A: How SMS aids Deaf research and communication
Media Access Australia spoke with Erin Walsh and Meaghan Arundell from the Australian National University ahead of their presentations at the...
08 July 2014 Canada makes captioning of commercials and promos mandatory
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made it a licence condition for all television commercials, sponsorship...
08 July 2014 Q&A: Improving inclusive and accessible design
Media Access Australia spoke with Linda Leung, Associate Professor at the School of Software Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the...
07 July 2014 The Audio Description Project Conference
The third annual Audio Description Conference, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind, will be held in Las Vegas from 13 to 15 July.
07 July 2014 Telstra backs ACCAN’s Apps For All challenge
Australian app developers have been encouraged to enter the Apps For All challenge following the news that significant cash and career development...
04 July 2014 Google Glass helping audiences or pirates?
Google Glass has been hailed as a potential access tool for people with disabilities, but two very recent news pieces show how one person’s lifeline...
04 July 2014 Graeme Innes’s greatest media access hits
With Graeme Innes finishing up in his role as Disability Discrimination Commissioner today, Media Access Australia takes the opportunity to look back...
03 July 2014 ACMA releases data on teens’ web use
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released statistics on how Australian teenagers use the internet, showing that almost...
02 July 2014 Australia signs treaty to increase print access for blind and vision impaired
On 23 June 2014, the Australian Government signed the ‘Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually...
01 July 2014 Red Bee Media releases caption quality report
Red Bee Media Australia has released the first of a planned series of reports into the quality of its live captioning.
01 July 2014 Accessibility of online services grows: UN
The accessibility of online services around the world has dramatically increased in the last two years, according to United Nations (UN).
June 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 June 2014 FCC to promote social media accessibility
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to facilitate an industry discussion on making social media tools and content accessible to people...
27 June 2014 Association for the Blind of WA changes name to VisAbility and launches new website
The Association for the Blind of WA, the state’s primary disability service provider for people who are blind and vision impaired, has changed its...
27 June 2014 Annual LEAD conference for accessible arts set for August
Chicago will host the annual Leadership Exchange in the Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference from 1-6 August this year, bringing together arts...
26 June 2014 Challenges of captioning and copyrights
Media Access Australia spoke to Blake E. Reid, Assistant Clinical Professor at Colorado Law, following his chairing of a session at the M-Enabling...
26 June 2014 Red Bee Media Spain wins audio description award
Red Bee Media Spain has won an ATRAE award for the best audio description on Spanish television for its work on The Simpsons.
25 June 2014 New York Times touts accessibility upgrades
The New York Times has announced that it has made accessibility improvements to its new site following the introduction of inaccessible features in a...

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