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August 2013
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15 August 2013 Leading US accessibility advocate speaks at Sydney conference
Karen Peltz Strauss, one of the principle architects of accessibility legislation in the US, spoke today at the M-Enabling Conference about the...
14 August 2013 Australia falling behind in video on demand captioning
Media Access Australia today released a report, Captioning on Video on Demand: It’s Time for Australia to Catch Up, which shows that most video on...
07 August 2013 ACMA rules on captioning breaches by Nine and Seven
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has completed two investigations following complaints about captioning on programs broadcast...
July 2013
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19 July 2013 Review of the Panasonic Smart Viera TH-L42E6A, a ‘talking TV’ with Voice Guidance
Panasonic’s 2013 range of Viera ‘smart TVs’ are the first in Australia to have a text-to-speech function which will be of great benefit to blind and...
10 July 2013 Lack of audio description a breach of human rights
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) yesterday lodged 21 disability discrimination complaints against the Federal Government and the ABC for failing to...
01 July 2013 TV access expands in the UK
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released the list of channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...
June 2013
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21 June 2013 New US rules will ensure talking TV menus
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA has proposed new rules which will require televisions and other devices to have talking...
13 June 2013 Awareness of audio description increases in the UK
New research released by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, shows that over 60% of people are aware of the service, which gives blind and vision...
12 June 2013 ABC found in breach of captioning rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found the ABC in breach of captioning rules due to poor captions on episodes of At the...
05 June 2013 ACMA releases new Television Captioning Quality Standard
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today released its long awaited Television Captioning Quality Standard, which for the first...
04 June 2013 The ACMA launches broadcasting codes inquiry
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched an inquiry into broadcasting codes of practice and whether they are keeping up...
03 June 2013 News from the Round Table on Information Access 2013
Access to information through digital technologies was discussed and highlighted at the 2013 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print...
May 2013
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21 May 2013 Opinion: Regulating audio description the only way
Australia is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to audio description on television. Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley looks...
20 May 2013 UK regulator seeks to improve live TV captioning
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced proposals aimed at improving the quality of live captioning on television, including asking...
16 May 2013 The 2013 Print Disability Roundtable
The Roundtable on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is a forum of 40 organisations from Australia and New Zealand. Its upcoming...
16 May 2013 Federal budget fails to deliver on audio description
The federal budget announced on Tuesday evening had disability reform as its cornerstone. While most Australians with disability cheered, the budget...
10 May 2013 Ai-Media appoints new caption quality auditor
The access provider Ai-Media has appointed Robert Scott as an independent auditor to ensure the quality of the captions it produces for broadcast,...
08 May 2013 Audio description on British TV
A new video produced by the UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) celebrates some recent advances which have made TV more accessible...
April 2013
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30 April 2013 Audio description promoted in Canada
The Canadian Broadcasting Association, in association with Accessible Media Inc, (AMI), has developed a public service announcement to build...
29 April 2013 Opinion: Australia still a prison for vision impaired TV viewers
Blind advocate Scott L. Nixon shares his hopes and dreams for Australian television.

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