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October 2011
Date Published News headline and description
28 October 2011 NZ's most loved drama made accessible for blind and vision impaired fans
The most watched drama on New Zealand television will be audio described from next week. The announcement shows just how far ahead our neighbours are...
26 October 2011 Access to Adelaide library increased for people who are blind and vision impaired
Onkaparinga City Council has been successful in their bid for 15 DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) digital playback devices under the...
25 October 2011 The Captioning Studio announces new theatre project for kids
GoTheatrical! Kids is a new project that aims to increase access to children’s theatre performances in Australia through captions.
21 October 2011 Milestone in America’s fight for television captioning
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has overturned a major category of “automatic” exemptions from its television captioning regulations. The...
19 October 2011 Access conference calls for papers
The Roundtable on Print Disability, hosted by the Western Australian Association for the Blind, is calling for papers for its April 2012 conference...
17 October 2011 First chapter of guide to creating accessible digital media released
Our counterparts, Media Access Canada, are releasing a guide to creating accessible digital media. The project, of which Media Access Australia is a...
14 October 2011 New service provides live captions for ABC News24 online
tveeder.com is a new service which provides live captions on ABC News24 online. Powered through the tumblr.com blogging platform, tveeder.com...
11 October 2011 TV station found in breach of license due to caption failure
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Nine Network affiliate NBN failed to show the TV Week Logie Awards with...
06 October 2011 UK TV services continue to exceed access requirements
Ofcom, the UK media and communications regulator, has published data on access services provided on television in the first half of 2011, revealing...
05 October 2011 New iPhone release: a summary of accessibility improvements
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced iPhone 4S today – but what impact does the announcement have on accessibility for people with disabilities?
05 October 2011 Siri adds another dimension to iPhone accessibility
Apple has released a new version of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, with enhanced accessibility features. Perhaps the most important is a new voice recognition...
04 October 2011 W3C announces new online training course in HTML5 audio and video
The World Wide Web Consortium has just launched a new training course in HTML5 for web developers and designers.
04 October 2011 Phone carrier gives away accessibility apps to blind and vision impaired users
The US telecommunications provider AT&T is offering Mobile Accessibility Lite, a suite of eleven accessible Android applications free to vision...
September 2011
Date Published News headline and description
29 September 2011 Accessible cinema technologies – now and the future
Cinema and DVD project manager, Ally Woodford, talks through the technologies currently affecting access to movies in Australia.
29 September 2011 New Kindle Fire disappoints on accessibility
Amazon, the world’s most popular online ebook store, has updated its Kindle ebook readers with the release of four new models. The three cheaper e-...
27 September 2011 Sony’s subtitle glasses continue to earn promising responses from movie goers
A live demonstration of Sony’s new subtitle glasses took place in London this week, with positive reports from attendees. Tom Fiddian from Action on...
26 September 2011 New mobile captioning system for visitors to US museums and galleries
The National Center for Accessible Media, the development division of WGBH in Boston USA, has developed a mobile system to enhance the experience for...
23 September 2011 Windows 8 hands-on test: major accessibility improvements
Microsoft has released a preview of its Windows 8 operating system and early tests by Media Access Australia show that accessibility has been a major...
22 September 2011 American media regulator releases online captioning approach
The US media and communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has released its draft approach on captioning of online video...
21 September 2011 Government’s media convergence review continues to ignore disability
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released five discussion papers on a range of issues as part of the...

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