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August 2014
Date Published News headline and description
22 August 2014 Caption reports hide great access story
Why is it that our communications regulator seems satisfied to hide great achievements in access by our free-to-air television stations? Commentary...
22 August 2014 Accessibility: the missing essential in cloud services
Independent access expert Media Access Australia has released a research paper on the need for commercial services and governments to incorporate...
21 August 2014 ACMA releases free-to-air TV captioning compliance reports
Most Australian broadcasters exceeded their captioning targets in 2012-2013, according to compliance reports released today by the Australian...
20 August 2014 Disability employment: three easy steps
Getting ready to either help or directly employ people with disabilities is easier than you think. Here are three reasons why.
18 August 2014 NZ Greens push for 100% captioning
The New Zealand Green Party has released a new disability policy which calls for captioning targets of 100% to be phased in for the country’s main...
18 August 2014 Phillipines introduce accessible cinema, inspired by American legislation
Philippines cinema chain SM Cinemas recently held the nation’s first accessible cinema sessions, simultaneously screening accessible movies across a...
14 August 2014 Accessibility & the Cloud: Current & Future Trends - WA Accessibility Camp 2014
Dr Scott Hollier's presentation at the WA Accessibility Camp 2014 is now available to download via SlideShare.
14 August 2014 The NDIS: a role-based ICT approach - Disability Employment Conference 2014
Dr Scott Hollier's presentation at the Disability Employment Conference 2014 is now available to download via SlideShare.
13 August 2014 Q&A with Wendy Youens
In our latest Media Access Australia ‘experts in access’ Q&A, we talk to Wendy Youens, CEO of the New Zealand access company Able, which provides...
07 August 2014 Canadian committee releases live audio description guidelines
A committee led by Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters has released a set of logistical, technical and artistic...
06 August 2014 New device to provide access to graphical information
Curtin University has developed a new device aimed at enabling people with vision impairments to read complex printed information such as graphics,...
04 August 2014 Ai-Media expansion to benefit education and business
Access provider Ai-Media has expanded its operations to Melbourne as part of growing its national and global operations in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide...
04 August 2014 NDIS service providers urged to consider ICT accessibility
Service providers to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been advised to consider the accessibility of their information...
01 August 2014 Audio description takes to the sky
Emirates airline has announced the introduction of audio description to its in-flight entertainment system, making it the first airline to provide...
July 2014
Date Published News headline and description
31 July 2014 Making cloud computing accessible
With cloud computing becoming increasingly central to daily life, cloud providers have been urged to consider the access requirements of consumers...
30 July 2014 Accessible cinema to get a legislative boost in the USA
Last week the United States Attorney General signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which recommends amendments to the Americans With Disabilities...
29 July 2014 Caption developments for cinema and the arts
The last few years have seen major developments in cinema accessibility alongside the update to digital cinema. Theatre and musical theatre have also...
25 July 2014 OwnFone launches ‘world's first braille mobile phone’ in Australia
OwnFone has launched a braille-based mobile phone for blind and vision impaired users in Australia—a world-first, according to the mobile technology...
25 July 2014 Ofcom consults on sign language requirements
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has launched a review of the signing arrangements it has in place for TV channels with low audience levels.
24 July 2014 Q&A: Former Australian Disability Commissioner, Graeme Innes
Media Access Australia spoke to former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes about his time in the role, web accessibility, disability...

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