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November 2011
Date Published News headline and description
08 November 2011 Sydney Festival provides captioned and audio described performances
Sydney siders will have the chance to see open captioned and audio described performances as part of the annual Sydney Festival, held from 7-29...
07 November 2011 Access All Areas Film Festival launches 2011 program
The annual Access All Areas Film Festival commences its accessible movie screenings this month with three tour programs designed to attract a range...
04 November 2011 Government health information made more accessible
The Senior Executive of The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Alison Verhoeven, has spoken at the recent Govt. 2.0 Conference at the...
03 November 2011 Australian cinema loses an accessible cinema pioneer
The staff at Media Access Australia were saddened to learn today of the death of Mark Sarfaty, the CEO of the Independent Cinemas Association of...
02 November 2011 US cinema chain installs closed caption technology in all its locations
Midwest US cinema chain Marcus Theatres has announced its completion of digital cinema installation, including CaptiView to show closed captioned...
01 November 2011 Twitter used to police television caption quality
The Northern NSW TV station, NBN, has set up a Twitter account which allows viewers to alert the station to captioning problems. This is the first...
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.

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