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September 2011
Date Published News headline and description
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...
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...

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