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November 2014
Date Published News headline and description
20 November 2014 Senate committee seeks submissions about caption changes
The Senate committee which is looking at the Government’s recently proposed changes to caption regulations is seeking submissions by interested...
20 November 2014 Hong Kong art for everyone, By ALL Means
Media Access Australia recently met with staff from Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) during their visit to Australia for the Arts...
19 November 2014 UK VOD industry has two years to deliver captions or face regulation
The video on demand (VOD) industry in the United Kingdom has two years to prove that it can deliver reasonable access for deaf people or it will face...
19 November 2014 Dropbox announces accessibility updates
Dropbox, the cloud-based file storage service, has announced accessibility updates to its iOS-based application.
18 November 2014 US cable company introduces talking TV guides
Comcast, one of the largest cable TV suppliers in America, has introduced the industry’s first ‘voice enabled television interface’, allowing blind...
17 November 2014 Interview with Kate Kennedy, winner of the Roma Wood OAM Award at the 2014 Captioning Awards
Kate Kennedy is the Coordinator, Information and Advocacy for Parents of Deaf Children (PODC).
17 November 2014 Victorian council to hold accessible cinema trial
Yarra Ranges Council in Melbourne’s far north east is exploring the possibility of offering audio described and captioned movies at its iconic...
13 November 2014 Understanding the experience of gamers with disabilities
Gamers with disabilities often face challenges due to accessibility issues found in games, despite some good resources for developers who want to...
12 November 2014 Disability commissioner calls for accessibility guidelines in government procurement
The Age and Disability Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called on the government to take accessibility into account when procuring information and...
12 November 2014 Japanese group develops new accessible cinema technology
Japan’s Media Access Support Center (MASC) has developed a new glasses system to provide closed captions and audio description of movies for people...
11 November 2014 Discovery Kids on Foxtel – learning and access all in one
Engaging educational TV that is 100% captioned is a boon for students with diverse learning needs. Discovery Kids on FOXTEL, launched last week,...
11 November 2014 Annual film festival brings free accessible movies to Sydney surrounds
Access All Areas Film Festival will run again this year from 1-5 December across Sydney venues, bringing captioned and audio described Australian...
06 November 2014 Ofcom report highlights live captioning issues
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued the second of four planned reports on the quality of live captioning. It finds that there have been...
06 November 2014 Legal action against Coles over website accessibility
Legal proceedings have begun against supermarket chain Coles over the accessibility of its online shopping service, with users reporting that they...
05 November 2014 Government postpones changes to captioning regulations
After lobbying from consumer groups, the Government has referred to a Senate committee a bill which would change captioning requirements for...
04 November 2014 Milestones and open mikes at the Other Film Festival
In a celebratory edition of the bi-annual Other Film Festival, a world-first live audio description competition will be held to raise awareness of...
03 November 2014 The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014
Another year of captioning achievements was celebrated at the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards, which were held at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in...
03 November 2014 American theatre takes audio description to a new level
Arena Stage in Washington DC has partnered with the American Council of the Blind to expand its established audio described theatre program to every...
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...

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