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Milestones and open mikes at the Other Film Festival

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In a celebratory edition of the bi-annual Other Film Festival, a world-first live audio description competition will be held to raise awareness of its availability and add even more fun to the popular event.

Studio microphone in front of audio waveforms on a screen in the background


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The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014

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Another year of captioning achievements was celebrated at the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards, which were held at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in Sydney on Friday, 31 October.

Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014 winners on stage

Paralympic skier Michael Milton was the inspirational guest speaker at the event, which was attended by representatives from the television industry, caption providers, DVD distributors and community organisations.


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American theatre takes audio description to a new level

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Arena Stage in Washington DC has partnered with the American Council of the Blind to expand its established audio described theatre program to every performance of upcoming productions Fiddler on the Roof and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Washington, DC


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Previewing Access 2020 – can we predict the future?

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Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of access with four international access experts at the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin on 6 November.

Robotic eye

A mix of speculation and building on current real-world trends and experiences, the panel will discuss a variety of themes based around disability access to television and related services in 2020:

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Consumers condemn proposed changes to captioning regulations

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Consumer groups have condemned the Federal Government’s proposals to change the rules governing captioning which were introduced in Parliament last week as part of its Repeal Red Tape campaign.

Scissors cutting through red tape


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Facebook introduces VoiceOver gestures for iOS Messenger app

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Facebook has recently announced the addition of gesture-based accessibility features in the latest version of its Messenger app for iOS8.

Facebook Messenger app logo

As outlined in a recent Facebook Accessibility post, the new VoiceOver gestures are available for the Delete, Mute and More actions in the latest version of Facebook’s Messenger app (version 13) for iOS8 only.

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Five highlights of Language and the Media

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The bi-annual Languages and the Media conference is being held in Berlin from 5-7 November. This is the biggest media access conference in the world and Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley will be presenting at the conference. In this preview, he gives us his five personal highlights of the conference.

Languages & The Media: 10th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media. November 5th - 7th, 2014. Hotel Radisson Blu, Berlin.


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Awards recognise accessible websites

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Australian web users stand to benefit from increased access to websites thanks to the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) 2014 Web Awards.

2014 Award: Australian Web Awards logo

The Australian Web Awards, to be held on 1 November in Sydney, showcases outstanding work by Australian web designers and developers and their adoption of web standards that help make sites accessible to people with disabilities. The awards are sponsored by Media Access Australia in the Government category.


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Government proposes to end caption reporting by free-to-air broadcasters

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A bill was today introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, which would remove the requirement that free-to-air broadcasters need to report annually on their compliance with captioning targets.

Parliament House, Canberra


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The New Zealand Captioning Awards

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Individuals and organisations which have contributed to the advancement of captioning will be honoured at the New Zealand Captioning Awards, to be held in Auckland on 27 November.

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand, National Foundation for the Deaf and Hearing Association New Zealand: The Captioning Working Group


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