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September 2011
Date Published News headline and description
08 September 2011 First accessible Australian digital movie released
It may not be opening night but it may as well be for captioned and audio described movie fans that have been waiting weeks to see the hit Australian...
07 September 2011 Olympics video magazine provides level playing field for Deaf and hearing impaired
AUS Contenders, a new video magazine which profiles athletes in training for the London 2012 Olympic Games, is providing captions on all its videos. 
06 September 2011 Conference brings access into the communications spotlight
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network’s  (ACCAN) annual conference on the 7th and 8th of September is themed ‘Our Broadband Future’....
05 September 2011 Audio description for mobile phones delayed in the US
The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to a request by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) that the introduction of an audio...
01 September 2011 WA invests $4m in classroom accessibility technology
The West Australian government has promised $4m for interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in the state’s public schools. IWBs, which use touchscreen...
August 2011
Date Published News headline and description
31 August 2011 National Broadband Network to improve lives of people with disabilities
The rollout National Broadband Network (NBN) presents an opportunity for the Federal Government and telecommunications industry to make a real...
29 August 2011 Behind the words: MAA chats with the best captioner in the business
Caption quality is a contentious issue frequently raised by Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Despite a number of pressures on the...
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...

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