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August 2011
Date Published News headline and description
29 August 2011 Captions boost inclusion during National Literacy and Numeracy Week
NSW Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens has today urged teachers to “turn captions on” in the classroom to boost literacy and inclusive learning as a...
26 August 2011 Audio description rules formally adopted in USA
On 25 August 2011 the Federal Communications Commission formally voted in the requirements to deliver audio description on a number of American TV...
25 August 2011 Broadway theatre becomes autism friendly
USA: The Broadway based Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is piloting a new program to make theatre accessible to audience members on the autism...
24 August 2011 Ready for anything! Five ways to get involved in Hearing Awareness Week
It’s Hearing Awareness Week and this year’s theme is “I’m ready for anything! Is anything ready for me?”
24 August 2011 Google launches an accessibility survey
Google has announced a survey for users who are blind or vision impaired to better understand computer usage and assistive technology patterns in the...
24 August 2011 Signed and captioned videos released to assist hearing impaired switch to digital
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced the release of 16 videos with Australian...
23 August 2011 Canadian Government launches new standard on web accessibility
 The Canadian Government has announced that all public facing government websites will comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG) 2.0...
23 August 2011 Users and industry rush to support assistive technology
NV Access, the developer of the free NVDA screen reader, has received US$21,200 in donations from users in addition to funding from several...
22 August 2011 A comparison of free and low cost screen magnifiers
Media Access Australia’s web accessibility team has reviewed several free and low cost screen magnifiers and their common features.
22 August 2011 Participants needed for review of social media accessibility
Media Access Australia, supported by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, is researching how people with disabilities use social...
19 August 2011 Achievements in captioning recognised
The media industry celebrated a year of achievement last night at the Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards. Leaders from TV networks,...
17 August 2011 Canadian communications regulator calls for comments on proposed caption quality standards
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has called for comments on proposed English-language and French-language...
17 August 2011 Victorian Government endorses web accessibility standards
The Victorian Government has released an update to its Accessibility Standard that requires all Victorian Government websites to conform to the...
16 August 2011 NVDA proven a more robust screen reader than Thunder
The American Foundation for the Blind TECH lab recently compared the performance of two free screen readers, NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) and...
12 August 2011 Accessibility expert’s ideas to make JetBlue website more accessible
Derek Featherstone, accessibility expert and founder of Further Ahead, has posted an article outlining some of the technical changes that the USA’s...
11 August 2011 Gmail for Android is now more accessible
Google has released an update to Gmail on Android that improves its accessibility for people who are blind or vision impaired using Android...
11 August 2011 The Captioning Studio offers new online captioning and transcription service
The Captioning Studio has launched an online captioning and transcription service that is both easy to use and affordable.
10 August 2011 Voice-to-text feature very likely in iOS 5
New information has lent credence to the rumours that Apple and software developers Nuance are partnering to provide voice-to-text in the upcoming...
09 August 2011 Latest DVD releases with access features
Access to new release DVD titles during the month of July 2011 stands at 30% for audio description and 53% for captioning. A total of 87 titles were...
09 August 2011 Nokia unveils plans to include voice-to-text feature
Nokia has recently announced plans to include a voice-to-text feature on its new Windows Phones, a feature that could have a positive impact on...

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