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July 2015
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29 July 2015 Windows 10 launches with accessibility improvements
The Windows 10 update has begun to roll out on a number of devices and has some significant improvements to the accessibility features previously...
29 July 2015 Captioned video and transcripts – ideal access and teaching combination
For students with diverse learning needs, the use of captioned content in the classroom is the best way to gain access to context and information for...
24 July 2015 Real-time captioning glasses premiere at French arts festival
Augmented reality (AR) glasses which project real-time, customisable captions and surtitles for viewers have debuted at the Avignon Festival in...
20 July 2015 Five tips to make the web work better in your language
In late May, Dr Scott Hollier travelled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to teach a web accessibility course to 22 students. As part of the assignment work,...
17 July 2015 Developer discusses the creation of handheld audio description device
In a recent interview, Bryan Gould, Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies Director at the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) in...
16 July 2015 Choosing captioned options is an essential first step
In many subjects, students (and teachers) have a choice about which texts or resources to study. For students who use captions, it makes sense to...
13 July 2015 Study will review disabled consumer experiences with video on demand
Curtin University academic Katie Ellis will investigate disabled consumer experiences of subscription video-on-demand (VOD) services in Australia in...
07 July 2015 Blind viewer sues ABC for not providing audio description
Suzanne Hudson, a blind television viewer, has launched a case against the ABC in the Federal Circuit Court, claiming that it has unlawfully...
June 2015
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30 June 2015 Accessible Live Events call for papers
The University of Antwerp is hosting a special international symposium on Accessible Live Events on 29 April 2016 and is seeking proposals for papers...
18 June 2015 Vale Tammy Axelsen
It is with great sadness that we note the sudden death of Tammy Axelsen on 10 June at her home in Tasmania. Tammy was the dedicated administrator and...
09 June 2015 Captions aid literacy in the classroom
Worldwide studies have identified that captions can play a vital role in improving literacy levels of students. Improving reading skills is...
May 2015
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26 May 2015 UK regulator releases caption quality report
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released the third of four planned reports on the quality of live captioning on television.
21 May 2015 NZ increases funding for captioning and audio description
NZ On Air, the New Zealand Government’s broadcast funding agency, has announced that it will increase its funding for captioning and audio...
11 May 2015 Case Study: Municipal Association of Victoria unlocks power of digital accessibility
The peak body representing local councils in the Australian state of Victoria partners with Media Access Australia to deliver upskilling, training...
01 May 2015 Q&A with Robert Kingett: motivational speaker, author and video-on-demand accessibility advocate
Media Access Australia spoke to Robert Kingett, accessibility advocate, motivational speaker, author of “Off the Grid: Living Blind Without the...
April 2015
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27 April 2015 Why does Netflix’s accessible offering hit Presto and Stan for six?
Barely a moment after we were celebrating the launch of ABC’s long-awaited audio description service on the popular iview player video on demand (VOD...
22 April 2015 AD 2020 – what will happen to audio description in the next 5 years?
Predicting the future beyond the next year or two is a risky business, even more so if you are looking at media and digital services. Media Access...
15 April 2015 Employment discrimination inquiry highlights value of digital accessibility
The role of digital accessibility in helping reduce discrimination against older Australians and those with a disability—while helping create value...
10 April 2015 Web accessibility underpins Australia’s Digital Transformation Office
Web accessibility will play a crucial role in future design and delivery of online government services, according to the alpha website of the federal...
March 2015
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27 March 2015 Captions can help address disability education funding crisis
New data has been released showing that Australian schools are struggling to fund the educational support needs of students with a disability. For...

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