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May 2011
Date Published News headline and description
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...
27 April 2011 US cinema chain to provide CaptiView captions
America’s third largest cinema chain, Cinemark, will install CaptiView closed caption equipment for Deaf and hearing impaired patrons in all its...
26 April 2011 Major conference discusses audio description trial on TV
The 30th anniversary Round Table Conference on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, which will be held in May, will include a...
22 April 2011 BBC asks the question: are colourblind gamers left out?
With one in twenty men and one in two hundred women suffering from some form of colour blindness, a reporter for the BBC has asked the question: are...
21 April 2011 Enjoy this long weekend with an accessible movie
Go to the movies this Easter long weekend for some accessible entertainment. There are many films available with both captions and audio description...
20 April 2011 US industry group makes standard available for online captioning
The Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has released to the public a standard which will make it easier for captions on TV...
20 April 2011 ABC renews captioning contract with CSI
The ABC has signed a new long-term contract with Captioning and Subtitling International (CSI) to provide captioning services across its channels...
19 April 2011 Positive move toward an inclusive Australian Curriculum
The Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) has emphasised its commitment to the consideration of students with special...
19 April 2011 Customise your news alerts now
There are many ways you can choose to receive news from Media Access Australia, and with a few easy steps you can customise your subscription by...
18 April 2011 New postgraduate program in inclusive design
Time is running out to apply for Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University’s new and innovative postgraduate program in Inclusive Design.
15 April 2011 W3C to launch community and business groups
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced plans to launch two new programs in May designed to make it easy for developers, users and other...

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