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April 2013
Date Published News headline and description
24 April 2013 Facebook Home inaccessible on Android
Android users who rely on assistive technology might have to wait a little longer until Facebook Home becomes accessible. Facebook Home, a new...
24 April 2013 Call for an ongoing audio description service trial
The future of audio description (AD) on Australian television is currently being decided, and blindness and consumer organisations are calling for...
23 April 2013 Panasonic talking TVs now available in Australia
Panasonic’s new range of Viera smart TVs which have just been released in Australia feature Voice Guidance, making them accessible for blind and...
22 April 2013 2013 Access Awards winners announced
The winners of the 2013 Access Awards presented by the American Foundation for the Blind have been announced, honouring the work of organisations...
19 April 2013 Accessible DVDs released in March 2013
At least 21 movies released on DVD in the last two months have been made accessible with closed captions and audio description. Of the 60 titles we...
19 April 2013 Captioning on digital multichannels
The Federal Government is due to introduce new regulations regarding captioning on digital multichannels like GO!, 7Two, Eleven and ABC2 which will...
18 April 2013 Emergency information accessibility required in US
Subscription TV providers and program owners in the USA have been ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make emergency...
17 April 2013 Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2013
Thursday 9 May marks the second annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising the profile of web accessibility amongst web...
12 April 2013 Feature: SIMO – Australia’s indoor mapping project
For most people, great ideas are triggered by an event or experience that pushes them to do something. For Sydney industrial designer Euan Ramsey-...
11 April 2013 Women with disability disadvantaged in ICT
The digital divide experienced by people with disability is wider for women, new research finds. A report released by Women with Disabilities...
10 April 2013 Opinion: The scourge of YouTube’s auto-captions
Michael Lockrey is Asia-Pacific sales manager for Amara and a renowned advocate for Deaf and hearing impaired media access. Here, he dissects the...
09 April 2013 Report on the accessibility of Electronic Program Guides
Media Access Australia has released a report on electronic program guides (EPGs) and how television networks and content providers display access...
08 April 2013 SBS falls short with DVD access
As part of a series of home entertainment accessibility reports outside regular entertainment DVD titles, Media Access Australia has collated...
05 April 2013 Easy Chirp seeks funding for update
Update 12 June: Easy Chirp's Kickstarter campaign successfully raised over $5000. The platform is going down temporarily from today while the new...
04 April 2013 New Zealand to have independent captioning supplier
Captioning and audio description services for New Zealand television, which are currently provided by the government-owned national broadcaster TVNZ...
02 April 2013 Google Chromebook: an accessible and affordable netbook
Google has finally launched its long-awaited netbook in Australia. This is welcome news for anyone who wants access to an affordable and light-weight...
March 2013
Date Published News headline and description
28 March 2013 Television access in the UK: 2012 in review
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has released its final report on the provision of access services on television for 2012. As in previous...
26 March 2013 US senator introduces legislation for accessible entertainment
The impact of access legislation in the USA has had a ripple effect around the world. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act,...
22 March 2013 Results of UK caption quality survey released
A survey on the quality of television captioning, conducted by Action on Hearing Loss, the largest deafness advocacy organisation in the UK, has...
22 March 2013 Rear Window Captioning drops license fee
One of the most established cinema closed caption systems, Rear Window Captioning (RWC), is going to be more cost effective for cinemas to install....

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