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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...
24 March 2015 Netflix launches in Australia with captions
The US-based video-on-demand (VOD) service Netflix launched in Australia today. The good news for Deaf and hearing impaired viewers is that virtually...
18 March 2015 NSW set for web accessible 2015 election
The forthcoming NSW election is looking to be one of Australia’s more accessible state elections thanks to the remote electronic voting system, iVote...
16 March 2015 Disability employment: the three key questions
Answering three key technology questions for job seekers, employers and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lies at the heart of...
11 March 2015 NVDA remote access crowdfunding campaign launches
Third party supporters of NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), the free screen reading software, have launched a campaign seeking financial support to...
06 March 2015 #CSUN15 wrap up
The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to...
06 March 2015 Human Rights Commission releases guidance for businesses
The Australian Human Rights Commission has moved to encourage the private sector to better integrate disability rights, among a host of other human...
05 March 2015 Mobile device accessibility recognised
The work of mobile developers in improving access for people with disabilities has been recognised at the 20th Global Mobile Awards.
February 2015
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24 February 2015 Bloggers encouraged to audiocast their posts
A campaign has been launched to encourage bloggers and other online content creators to provide audiocasts with their posts. Speak Your Word, an...

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