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December 2013
Date Published News headline and description
20 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: access in the air
As many of our readers prepare to jet off on summer holidays, people will be curious about how their access needs will be accommodated by airlines. A...
19 December 2013 Top five podcast episodes of 2013
Each week, we help produce a segment for Vision Australia Radio. Presented by community broadcasting legend Roberta Ashby, these offer a special...
19 December 2013 Highlights 2013: Accessibility improvements in navigation apps
In 2013, there have been some significant developments for accessibility in navigation apps. Navigation apps allow people to use their mobile devices...
17 December 2013 Highlights of 2013 – getting captions into the classroom
cap that! is our national awareness campaign encouraging teachers to turn on captions in the classroom to help improve learning and literacy for all...
16 December 2013 Unscrambling caption quality control
In 2014 Media Access Australia will release the world’s first review of how the quality of closed captions and subtitles for the Deaf and hearing...
13 December 2013 Highlights of 2013 – a Christmas card from Western Australia
Western Australia, with its strong community groups and thriving accessibility scene, contributes a huge amount to Australia’s progress towards...
12 December 2013 British online video provider improves accessibility
The video on demand provider YouView has announced a range of improvements to make its services easier to use for blind and vision impaired people,...
10 December 2013 New audio description business flourishes in South Australia
Over the last four years a team of dedicated arts access workers in South Australia have worked towards establishing Access2Arts, a disability arts...
09 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Australian made apps
Australia has made a huge contribution to the world of assistive apps this year. As part of our Highlights series, we look back at just a few.
06 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Talking TVs released in Australia
Over the past few years, the increasing availability of text-to-speech technology in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices has made...
05 December 2013 Forty years of captioned news
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s first captioned news program, which went to air on America’s PBS network at 11pm on 3 December...
04 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Accessibility in mainstream devices
In 2013 people with disability have been offered more choice in smartphones and tablet computers. While Apple still dominates this market, this year...
03 December 2013 Telstra bans CAPTCHA tests
Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has won the day by announcing it will no longer use CAPTCHA tests on its apps and websites.
02 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: cinema access advances
Throughout December Media Access Australia will bring you a summary of the biggest developments in access to media and technology seen in 2013. The...
November 2013
Date Published News headline and description
28 November 2013 Online content to support the Australian Curriculum
Finding online resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum is now a whole lot easier. Education Services Australia (ESA) has developed ...
27 November 2013 Nokia assistive app competition
Smartphone company Nokia and the Royal National Institute for Blind People in the UK have partnered in a competition for apps which assist people who...
26 November 2013 New access company launched in New Zealand
Able is the new company which will be supplying captioning for channels TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR in New Zealand, as well as audio description for...
21 November 2013 Conference for educators of blind and vision impaired children
A conference hosted by the Royal National Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) brings teachers together to explore how accessible media and...
20 November 2013 Ai-Media adopts European caption quality model
The Australian access company Ai-Media, which will take over the captioning of all Nine network television programs in January, has adopted the NER...
15 November 2013 An accessible smartphone for under $200
Motorola has produced a smartphone that for $US179 carries all the accessibility features of premium models.

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