Latest News

July 2014
Date Published News headline and description
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...
23 July 2014 IBM creates new role: Chief Accessibility Officer
IBM has recently named Frances West, a 25-year IBM veteran, as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer.
23 July 2014 Q&A: Digital literature accessibility
Media Access Australia spoke with Dr. Mike Kent, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Department of Internet...
22 July 2014 Ofcom releases access requirements for 2015
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its list of TV channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...
22 July 2014 The National Library: a ‘treasure trove’ of captioned resources
The National Library of Australia (NLA), located in Canberra, is home to extensive collections across a range of disciplines including Australian...
21 July 2014 WA Accessibility Camp agenda now available
The agenda for the WA accessibility camp to be held on 1 August 2014 is now available. The event is headlined with keynotes by Alec Coles from the...
18 July 2014 Call for Japanese news to have English subtitles
An expert panel at Japan’s ministry of communications has called for broadcasters to provide English-language subtitles for news bulletins in time...
18 July 2014 Leading the field - Betty Siegel
Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is a driving force in accessible arts across...
17 July 2014 Q&A: TIA on mobile technology and Baby Boomers
Media Access Australia spoke to Brian Scarpelli, Director, Government Affairs at the US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) following his...
16 July 2014 Teachers on the power of captions in the classroom
Media Access Australia recently spoke to teachers participating in this year’s cap that! campaign about the power of captions to transform education...
16 July 2014 Captioning of online video clips to be mandatory in US
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted unanimously to make it mandatory to caption online video clips which were originally captioned...
16 July 2014 UK regulator begins consultation on speaking TV program guides
The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has begun a consultation process in which it is asking for feedback on how electronic program guides (EPGs)...
11 July 2014 Q&A: Accessible on-demand video services
Media Access Australia spoke with Dr Katie Ellis, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University ahead...
10 July 2014 Web accessibility vital to elections
Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, has warned that a lack of accessible websites could lead to voters with...
09 July 2014 Q&A: How SMS aids Deaf research and communication
Media Access Australia spoke with Erin Walsh and Meaghan Arundell from the Australian National University ahead of their presentations at the...
08 July 2014 Canada makes captioning of commercials and promos mandatory
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made it a licence condition for all television commercials, sponsorship...
08 July 2014 Q&A: Improving inclusive and accessible design
Media Access Australia spoke with Linda Leung, Associate Professor at the School of Software Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the...
07 July 2014 The Audio Description Project Conference
The third annual Audio Description Conference, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind, will be held in Las Vegas from 13 to 15 July.

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