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July 2011
Date Published News headline and description
07 July 2011 Disney offers audio description technology for outdoor attractions
Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort theme park patrons will now be able to receive audio description when outdoors at the attraction parks.
07 July 2011 Khan Academy adds Universal Subtitles to online education videos
People who are Deaf and hearing impaired may now have access to over 2,400 education videos produced by the Khan Academy, after Universal Subtitles...
07 July 2011 Convergence Review Emerging Issues Paper released
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has released an Emerging Issues Paper as part of the Commonwealth...
06 July 2011 Federal Government announces support for Arts Access Australia
Arts Access Australia, the national peak body for arts and disability, has been granted $500,000 by the Australian Government to continue its work in...
05 July 2011 WA Government announces WCAG implementation timelines
The State Government of Western Australia has formally announced that it will aim to achieve WCAG 2.0 ‘A’ or ‘AA’ compliance by the end of 2013...
05 July 2011 cap that! helps Australian teachers boost literacy and inclusion with captions
In the lead-up to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, Media Access Australia has today launched cap that!, a new campaign asking teachers Australia-...
04 July 2011 Top Five Web Accessibility Pitfalls from our W3C Representative Dr Scott Hollier
This month, our W3C representative Dr Scott Hollier draws inspiration from the plethora of accessibility misinformation to write about his Top Five...
01 July 2011 Hearing date set for JetBlue Accessibility Case
A date has been set for the hearing of the disability access case against JetBlue Airways, with the airway asking the magistrate to dismiss the case.
01 July 2011 Florida State University sued for inaccessible eLearning system
Florida State University is the latest US institution to be sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to provide learning materials...
01 July 2011 US project to improve web access for low-income Deaf and hearing impaired
Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD), a US not-for-profit organisation promoting access for Deaf and hearing impaired Americans, has been...
June 2011
Date Published News headline and description
30 June 2011 Blip.tv provides closed captions
The US-based Blip.tv, one of the leading platforms for original web series, launched a new media player this week which supports closed captions.
30 June 2011 US Theatre Development Fund awarded grant to expand captioning services
The Broadway, US-based Theatre Development Fund has been awarded a grant to partner with 11 regional theatres in a national theatre captioning...
29 June 2011 UN releases report on international ICT accessibility
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ICT), an arm of the United Nations, has released a report on...
29 June 2011 NV Access awarded Mozilla grant to improve NVDA
Mozilla has awarded NV Access an $80,000 grant to improve its free and open source screen reader for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA).
27 June 2011 Term 2 shows positive move forward for Deaf and hearing impaired students
At the end of Term 2, the Media Access Australia Education Team reflects on education access developments for students who are Deaf and hearing...
24 June 2011 CSU cautions use of Google apps due to accessibility issues
A report by the Accessible Technology Initiative at California State University has cautioned US universities on campus-wide adoption of Google’s...
24 June 2011 YouTube’s auto-captions improve, but there’s a long way to go
Scientific American has published an article on the state of YouTube’s auto caption service, introduced in 2009, which uses speech recognition...
24 June 2011 Ofcom publishes 2012 TV access requirements
Ofcom, the UK media and communications regulator, has published its mid-year statement on 2012 TV access requirements, requiring increased captioning...
24 June 2011 New large print contacts app for the iPad now available
Ai Squared has released a new ‘large print’ contacts app for the iPad for users who have difficulty with the text size on the screen.
24 June 2011 Italian project provides cinema captioning via Samsung smartphones and tablets
‘Leggi il film’, ‘read the film’ in Italian, is a joint project by Italian hearing impaired association FIADDA and Universal Multimedia Access to...

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