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March 2013
Date Published News headline and description
20 March 2013 Overcoming audio description’s technical hurdles
Following the 2012 trial on ABC1, Media Access Australia has compiled a briefing paper outlining how Australia’s television industry can overcome the...
18 March 2013 The history of cinema captioning, as told by a pioneer
American captioning advocate and blogger Shanna Groves has posted the second interview in her series on movie accessibility for people who are Deaf...
18 March 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 accessibility
Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, was launched on Friday with Samsung claiming the device would “bury” its biggest rival, the iPhone 5....
14 March 2013 Voice Search added to Google TV
A new feature added to Google TV called Voice Search could improve how blind, vision impaired or mobility impaired people interact with the device....
13 March 2013 Captions in the classroom: a hidden literacy tool
Education manager and Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, Anne McGrath, talks through key pieces of research which identify the link between captions and...
12 March 2013 Global progress on social media accessibility
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of our sociABILITY: social media for people with a disability resources. The project was the...
11 March 2013 Australian banks reviewed for web accessibility
Australia’s top banking websites have been tested by independent experts who found that many do not meet the needs of users with disability. The...
08 March 2013 Top take-aways from CSUN 2013
The world’s largest accessible technology conference took place in San Diego, California last week. The Annual International Technology and Persons...
07 March 2013 VoiceOver saved in Apple, Samsung patent battle
Apple's screen reader VoiceOver has been saved from being removed from Apple devices, after a German court ruled against Samsung's claim that...
07 March 2013 ACMA posts captioning exemptions submissions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has posted submissions it has received in response to preliminary caption exemption and...
06 March 2013 Canada first country to achieve 100% broadcast captioning
Canada is already a world leader in television captioning with legislation mandating that all TV programs are broadcast with captions. Now, Canada’s...
04 March 2013 Blind Maps: a new way to get around town
A prototype for a device has been designed in Denmark which converts walking directions into a Braille-like pattern.  By connecting to an iPhone and...
01 March 2013 The top 5 ways the Disability Discrimination Act has boosted access
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) turns 20 this year and Australia’s disability communities are taking the opportunity to reflect on how the...
February 2013
Date Published News headline and description
28 February 2013 Human Rights Commission releases Australia’s first fully-accessible DVD
Twenty Years: Twenty Stories is a video project initiated by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) which celebrates the twentieth anniversary...
28 February 2013 Groups call on Government to release audio description report
The organisations behind the campaign to have audio description provided on Australian TV have called on the Government to release the ABC's...
27 February 2013 If we had Glass: the access potential for Google Glass
Google released a promotional website for its Project Glass last week, a device worn as glasses which integrates smartphone technology. Among much...
26 February 2013 CareerOne: empowering blind and vision impaired job seekers
CareerOne Australia has taken a step towards empowering job seekers who are blind by improving the accessibility of its website. This comes after its...
25 February 2013 Blindy.TV: a new online audio description service
Blindy.TV, which describes itself as “your accessible couch potato experience”, is a new free online service created by blind people. Aiming to make...
21 February 2013 A gateway to accessibility
The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility provides an entry point into accessibility for web professionals, with a practical overview of...
19 February 2013 Campaign for captions in Malta
A campaign is under way in Malta to have captions introduced on television and in cinemas. Run by the Deaf People Association and film promotion...

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