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December 2014
Date Published News headline and description
17 December 2014 Digital technology highlights of 2014
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect back on the significant accessibility improvements that we’ve seen in digital technology...
17 December 2014 UK regulator issues latest video on demand accessibility report
The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) has released its 2014 report on the provision of access on video on demand (VOD) services in the UK....
16 December 2014 Senate caption inquiry posts submissions
Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now...
16 December 2014 Skype Translator moves closer to general availability
Microsoft has announced that its Skype Translator tool—which provides real time translations of different spoken languages to text captions—has moved...
15 December 2014 Cinema and the arts highlights of 2014
2014 had a number of highlights in the areas of cinema and the arts. Where cinema developments over the last few years could be considered full steam...
11 December 2014 Lloyds Banking Group on implementing web accessibility
Media Access Australia spoke to Graeme Whippy, Senior Disability Manager at Lloyds Banking Group about how to build a business case for web...
10 December 2014 Deadline for submissions to caption review arrives
Today is the deadline for submissions to the Senate Communications and Environment Committee which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning...
08 December 2014 Next steps for web accessibility in Australia announced
The inclusion of accessibility in a digital design guide and a second NTS progress survey are just two of the next steps in Australian government web...
08 December 2014 Accessible festivals during Australia’s summer
Along with an Australian summer comes a raft of festivals nationwide. Three of the biggest festivals are the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and...
05 December 2014 Jeenee Mobile donating connections for improved access
Social enterprise Jeenee Mobile has announced that it will increase access to mobile phone connections for people with a disability through donating...
03 December 2014 Social media, cloud show signs of improved access
The accessibility of social media and the cloud are beginning to mature, but access issues remain for people with disabilities, Media Access...
02 December 2014 Q&A: Australia’s Media Accessibility in a Multicultural, Multilingual Context—Australia as a Case Study
Media Access Australia spoke to Professor Peter Hutchings, Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western...
01 December 2014 Captions supporting students with autism
Captions are acknowledged as being beneficial for a range of students with diverse learning needs, including Deaf and hearing impaired, English as a...
November 2014
Date Published News headline and description
28 November 2014 Samsung announces new eye-controlled mouse
Electronics company Samsung has announced that it has created a new eye-controllable mouse, EYECAN+, to allow people with disabilities to browse the...
28 November 2014 Westpac banking app inaccessible: Former Disability Commissioner
Former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes is lodging a complaint against major Australian bank Westpac due to the alleged...
28 November 2014 Five live-caption quality issues from the UK
The quality of live captioning was a major topic discussed at the recent The Future of Subtitling conference held in London on 10 November 2014....
27 November 2014 US cinemas and advocacy groups agree on accessible cinema recommendations
US cinema owners and advocacy groups have come to a historic agreement in order to make accessible cinema recommendations to government around the...
27 November 2014 3D printers to improve classroom access
While not traditionally thought of as media, 3D printers are emerging as a new way for students to access learning and information.
26 November 2014 Curtain call for Stagetext CEO Tabitha Allum
For the last decade, UK arts captioning organisation Stagetext has been led by the dedicated and talented Tabitha Allum. Tabitha steps down from her...
25 November 2014 Online retail web accessibility guide
Now that a legal case has been brought against Coles for a lack of web accessibility of its online shopping site, and that a similar case in the US...

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