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October 2013
Date Published News headline and description
28 October 2013 2013 Captioning Awards winners announced
The annual Captioning Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in captioning. The winners in 2013 were announced on Friday in Sydney at a...
28 October 2013 Our study into education for blind and vision impaired children
Media Access Australia has today released a landmark study into how the access needs of blind and vision impaired students can be met in Australian...
25 October 2013 Web awards encourage accessibility in Australia
The annual Australian Web Industry Association’s (AWIA) Awards were held last night in Sydney. This was the culmination of a number of state finals...
24 October 2013 Accessible air travel conference prepares for take off
Washington DC is set to host the inaugural Air Travel Accessibility Conference for passengers with disability requiring access to airline and airport...
23 October 2013 Inclusive education report released
Children with Disability Australia has today launched a major issues paper exploring the need for inclusive education in Australian schools. The...
23 October 2013 OS X Mavericks released with improved accessibility
Apple has updated its operating system for laptop and desktop computers to OS X Mavericks. The update includes a number of improvements which make...
21 October 2013 Student campaigns for real time captions at school
Earlier this month high school senior Delanie Harrington delivered a petition of 1,900 signatures to the Poway Unified School District Board of...
21 October 2013 Lack of records hampers captioning complaint decision
The broadcasting regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was unable to make a judgement on a complaint about delayed...
18 October 2013 London calls for an Australian audio describer
Lara Torr could be off to the UK to pursue her dream of becoming an expert audio describer thanks to the British Council’s Realise Your Dream...
18 October 2013 Windows 8.1 update released with minor accessibility improvements
Microsoft has launched the Windows 8.1 update today, building on the most accessible operating system Microsoft has ever released.
18 October 2013 Bushfire information for those who are Deaf or hearing impaired
Australia is in for a long hot summer. ABC local radio is the recommended source for emergency bushfire information. Below is a list of alternative...
17 October 2013 UK moves to measure live captioning
The UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has announced that it will require television broadcasters to measure the quality of live captioning (known as ‘...
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...

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