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July 2011
Date Published News headline and description
05 July 2011 cap that! helps Australian teachers boost literacy and inclusion with captions
In the lead-up to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, Media Access Australia has today launched cap that!, a new campaign asking teachers Australia-...
04 July 2011 Top Five Web Accessibility Pitfalls from our W3C Representative Dr Scott Hollier
This month, our W3C representative Dr Scott Hollier draws inspiration from the plethora of accessibility misinformation to write about his Top Five...
01 July 2011 Hearing date set for JetBlue Accessibility Case
A date has been set for the hearing of the disability access case against JetBlue Airways, with the airway asking the magistrate to dismiss the case.
01 July 2011 Florida State University sued for inaccessible eLearning system
Florida State University is the latest US institution to be sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to provide learning materials...
01 July 2011 US project to improve web access for low-income Deaf and hearing impaired
Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD), a US not-for-profit organisation promoting access for Deaf and hearing impaired Americans, has been...
June 2011
Date Published News headline and description
30 June 2011 Blip.tv provides closed captions
The US-based Blip.tv, one of the leading platforms for original web series, launched a new media player this week which supports closed captions.
30 June 2011 US Theatre Development Fund awarded grant to expand captioning services
The Broadway, US-based Theatre Development Fund has been awarded a grant to partner with 11 regional theatres in a national theatre captioning...
29 June 2011 UN releases report on international ICT accessibility
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ICT), an arm of the United Nations, has released a report on...
29 June 2011 NV Access awarded Mozilla grant to improve NVDA
Mozilla has awarded NV Access an $80,000 grant to improve its free and open source screen reader for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA).
27 June 2011 Term 2 shows positive move forward for Deaf and hearing impaired students
At the end of Term 2, the Media Access Australia Education Team reflects on education access developments for students who are Deaf and hearing...
24 June 2011 CSU cautions use of Google apps due to accessibility issues
A report by the Accessible Technology Initiative at California State University has cautioned US universities on campus-wide adoption of Google’s...
24 June 2011 YouTube’s auto-captions improve, but there’s a long way to go
Scientific American has published an article on the state of YouTube’s auto caption service, introduced in 2009, which uses speech recognition...
24 June 2011 Ofcom publishes 2012 TV access requirements
Ofcom, the UK media and communications regulator, has published its mid-year statement on 2012 TV access requirements, requiring increased captioning...
24 June 2011 New large print contacts app for the iPad now available
Ai Squared has released a new ‘large print’ contacts app for the iPad for users who have difficulty with the text size on the screen.
24 June 2011 Italian project provides cinema captioning via Samsung smartphones and tablets
‘Leggi il film’, ‘read the film’ in Italian, is a joint project by Italian hearing impaired association FIADDA and Universal Multimedia Access to...
24 June 2011 Dr Hollier presents at Council on the Ageing WA Conference
Media Access Australia WA Manager Dr Scott Hollier will be presenting today on access to online media and digital technology at the Council on the...
23 June 2011 UK travel company websites fall short on basic accessibility
An investigation into the accessibility of the top ten UK travel company websites has shown that none of these websites met the most basic level of...
23 June 2011 Media Access Australia staff to judge accessibility compliance for Australian Web Awards
Media Access Australia staff members Dr Scott Hollier and Sarah Pulis will judge the accessibility compliance of candidate websites and mobile...
23 June 2011 TV Speak makes TV accessible for the blind and vision impaired
TV Speak is a revolutionary new application which makes a TV-enabled computer accessible for the blind and vision impaired by speaking on-screen...
23 June 2011 FCC reminds broadcasters to make emergency information accessible
The US communications and media regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has published a Public Notice reminding broadcasters, cable...

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