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May 2011
Date Published News headline and description
17 May 2011 RNIB international audio description study findings released
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has released the results of a study which looked at whether audio description produced in other...
16 May 2011 Government issues audio description trial correction
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has issued a statement correcting a misprint in the final report of the...
16 May 2011 Audio described contemporary art tour at Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is holding an audio described tour of the new John Kaldor Family Gallery on Sunday, 22 May at 1:30pm.
16 May 2011 The third annual Audio Description Institute
This year’s Audio Description Institute will be held in Reno, Nevada, on 14-16 July, in conjunction with the American Council of the Blind’s annual...
13 May 2011 Conference promotes use of technology for better outcomes for not-for-profits
Media Access Australia’s Digital Media and Technology Manager Sarah Pulis will be talking to not-for-profit organisations about web accessibility at...
13 May 2011 Dr Zhivago to be audio described in Melbourne
New Australian musical Dr Zhivago will be audio described for one show only at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.
13 May 2011 Irish captioning provider offers live captioning and streaming service
Premier Captioning and Realtime Ltd. in Ireland has launched a new live streaming and captioning service for online events.
13 May 2011 Netflix adds captions to iOS app
A new update to the Netflix app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now allows you to watch movies and TV episodes with captions.
12 May 2011 Federal Household Assistance Scheme continues to help people with disabilities
A bright point in this week’s Federal Government budget is the continuation of the Digital TV Taskforce’s Household Assistance Scheme (HAS).
11 May 2011 The SubStation introduces fast captioning service for TV commercials
Australian access company The SubStation has introduced a new service called Captionflow which will allow captions for TV commercials to be ordered...
11 May 2011 Updates on Google Chrome OS and screen reader support
The Google Chrome blog has reported improved third-party screen reader support in the latest version of the Google Chrome operating system (beta),...
11 May 2011 Google launches live captions on YouTube at Google I/O
For the first time, people who are Deaf or hearing impaired can watch the live video stream of Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, with live...
10 May 2011 American cinema chain to provide captioning and audio description in theatres nationwide
Leading motion picture exhibitor Regal Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the largest theatre circuit in the United States, has announced...
06 May 2011 Football fan sues American university over lack of captioning at games
A hearing impaired man who attends University of Kentucky home football games at Commonwealth Stadium, has filed a case in a US district court to try...
05 May 2011 New service improves accessibility of museum tours for the deaf
A new service from the Australian Communication Exchange will improve the accessibility of museum tours for the Deaf and hearing impaired.
05 May 2011 Convergence Review web section launched
Media Access Australia today added a new section to our website, detailing information about the Commonwealth Government’s Convergence Review.
05 May 2011 Ofcom releases report on access to EPGs
Ofcom, the British media and communications regulator, has released a report into the accessibility of Electronic Program Guides (EPGs).
03 May 2011 Latest W3C column looks at web browser and screen reader compatibility
The latest W3C column from Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier examines 2011’s updates to web browsers and screen readers and what the best...
03 May 2011 New device assists vision impaired to understand graphics
A new prototype tablet device developed by Monash University may soon make accessing diagrams for people who are vision impaired easier.
April 2011
Date Published News headline and description
29 April 2011 The Third Annual Young Described Film Critic Contest
The American Council of the Blind and the Described and Captioned Media Program have announced their third annual contest for young people to write...

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