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October 2011
Date Published News headline and description
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...
20 September 2011 Data projector helps deaf and hearing impaired kids at school
The need for accessible media in schools is becoming more recognised by technology providers. Epson has announced the release of two new projectors...
19 September 2011 Schools and teachers commended for literacy through captions
Educators across the country were today commended for their commitment to increasing literacy and inclusion through captions. cap that!, a national...
16 September 2011 Community forum on CaptiView in cinemas to be held in Melbourne
CaptiView is an individual closed captioning device which has received mixed reviews from Deaf and hearing impaired users. Melbourne community group...
16 September 2011 Captions and audio description benefit people on the autism spectrum
UK researcher Judith Garman has published an article that provides insight into the positive impacts of captions and audio description on people in...
15 September 2011 Google takes much needed steps towards accessible documents
Google has a history of questionable accessibility in its suite of document tools. This week the web giant took a step towards inclusive practice...
12 September 2011 Accessible Talking Set Top Box goes on sale in Australia
In a development that will revolutionise television viewing for the blind and vision impaired, the Bush Talking Set Top Box has just gone on sale in...
12 September 2011 Prize rewards best Australian websites: accessibility a key benchmark
Nominations for the 2011 McFarlane Prize for excellence in web design are now open. The prize, commemorating the web pioneer Noel McFarlane, aims to...
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...

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