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June 2011
Date Published News headline and description
09 June 2011 New Broadway theatre accessibility initiative
A new partnership between Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts and arts access provider G-PASS means visitors to New York will have the opportunity to...
08 June 2011 New version of Apple iBooks includes read-aloud feature
The latest version of the Apple iBooks app includes a new read-aloud feature, allowing publishers to include human-voice narration in their books.
07 June 2011 Apple announces iOS 5 with accessibility improvements
The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, has been announced with new and improved accessibility...
07 June 2011 ACCAN Standing Advisory Committee members appointed
Media Access Australia Project Manager Dr Scott Hollier and board member Victoria Rubensohn have been appointed to the Australian Communications...
07 June 2011 Access features on new release DVDs
Access to new release DVD titles during the month of May 2011 stands at 33% for audio description and 72% for captioning. A total of 79 titles were...
06 June 2011 CAPTCHAs shown to yet again impede accessibility
The question of accessible CAPTCHAs has been raised once again as they are shown to impede ticket purchase on the 2012 London Olympic website.
06 June 2011 Study of Canadian TV access levels released
Media Access Canada has just released a study of captions and audio description on Canadian television which found that broadcasters are fulfilling...
03 June 2011 VizWiz now available in iTunes store
VizWiz, a new iPhone app which enables people who are blind or vision impaired to recruit sighted users to answer questions about an item they have...
03 June 2011 CBM offers Christian audio library for people with a print disability
CBM Australia is offering a free Christian audio library service for people with print disabilities, including blindness and vision impairment.
02 June 2011 Accessible Twitter changes name to Easy Chirp
Accessible Twitter, the popular web application that helps people with disabilities to access Twitter, has changed its name to Easy Chirp.
02 June 2011 Wells Fargo reaches settlement that will guarantee equal access
The United States Justice Department and Wells Fargo & Company have reached a comprehensive settlement agreement under the Americans with...
02 June 2011 Latest W3C column looks at evaluation tools for auditing website accessibility
This month’s W3C column from Dr Scott Hollier, representative of Media Access Australia on the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (...
01 June 2011 American disabilities association argues for sensible audio description regulations
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has made a submission to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), making numerous...
May 2011
Date Published News headline and description
31 May 2011 BBC trials MyDisplay web customisation tool
The BBC is currently trialling web customisation tool MyDisplay, designed to improve the accessibility of the BBC website for people with a...
31 May 2011 Media Access Review progress page launched
Today Media Access Australia launched a new webpage in our Research and Policy section detailing the progress which has so far been made on the Media...
31 May 2011 US Government releases FAQs for accessible eReader laws and rules
The United States Department of Education has released a new guide that provides further clarification for schools and colleges about the laws and...
30 May 2011 Report on captioning in the European Union released
The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at levels of captioning on audiovisual media across the...
30 May 2011 Australian Government seeks Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer
The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is advertising for an Executive Level 1 – Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer.
27 May 2011 World Blind Union releases audio description toolkit
The World Blind Union (WBU) has released a comprehensive document which aims to increase the awareness and availability of audio description...
26 May 2011 UK television network commits to more audio description
The UK’s largest commercial television network ITV has made a commitment to release more of its programs with audio description on DVD.

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