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October 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 October 2014 Previewing Access 2020 – can we predict the future?
Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of access with four international access experts at the...
30 October 2014 Consumers condemn proposed changes to captioning regulations
Consumer groups have condemned the Federal Government’s proposals to change the rules governing captioning which were introduced in Parliament last...
29 October 2014 Facebook introduces VoiceOver gestures for iOS Messenger app
Facebook has recently announced the addition of gesture-based accessibility features in the latest version of its Messenger app for iOS8.
27 October 2014 Five highlights of Language and the Media
The bi-annual Languages and the Media conference is being held in Berlin from 5-7 November. This is the biggest media access conference in the world...
23 October 2014 Awards recognise accessible websites
Australian web users stand to benefit from increased access to websites thanks to the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) 2014 Web Awards.
22 October 2014 Government proposes to end caption reporting by free-to-air broadcasters
A bill was today introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, which would remove the...
20 October 2014 The New Zealand Captioning Awards
Individuals and organisations which have contributed to the advancement of captioning will be honoured at the New Zealand Captioning Awards, to be...
16 October 2014 Video on demand services still lack captions
A recent article on the VOD Professional website highlights that fact that most video on demand (VOD) services in the UK still lack closed captions.
16 October 2014 National Curriculum Review and inclusiveness
Commentary by Anne McGrath, Education Manager, Media Access Australia The education community has been anticipating the Australian Government’s newly...
15 October 2014 Dedicated television channel for primary school children with captions
A partnership between Ai-Media and Discovery Kids will culminate in the launching of Australia’s only television channel dedicated to primary school...
14 October 2014 Print disability conference calls for papers for 2015
The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is calling for papers for its next conference, to be held in Adelaide on 2...
10 October 2014 Google Glass to have captions
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an app which will provide real-time captions on Google Glass, and potentially be of...
09 October 2014 Texpo to showcase new assistive technology for the blind
Vision Australia’s Texpo 14, which starts in Melbourne on Friday, will showcase the latest assistive technology which has been developed to improve...
08 October 2014 Accessible consumer technologies and the cloud: VisAbility Tech Outlook 2014
Dr Scott Hollier's keynote presentation at the VisAbility Tech Outlook 2014 is now available to download via SlideShare.
07 October 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Captioning of repeats on multichannels
In the fifth part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at the digital multichannels, which are currently exempt from the normal caption quotas...
03 October 2014 Assistive technology: choice never greater
Despite an often slow and mixed development history, the choice and availability of assistive technology to help people with disabilities access PCs...
01 October 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Caption quotas
In the fourth part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at the confusing state of caption quotas for Australian TV, and how they can be...
September 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 September 2014 Digital Theatre productions with captions
UK not-for-profit captioning organisation Stagetext has partnered with on-demand live arts service Digital Theatre to offer captioned versions of...
29 September 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Caption reporting
In the third part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at calls to end the requirement that broadcasters must report on how much captioning they...
25 September 2014 Ai-Media trials live captioning in UK schools
The Australian-based access company Ai-Media, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the UK charity Nesta, has been working on a...

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