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Dropbox announces accessibility updates

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Dropbox, the cloud-based file storage service, has announced accessibility updates to its iOS-based application.

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US cable company introduces talking TV guides

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Comcast, one of the largest cable TV suppliers in America, has introduced the industry’s first ‘voice enabled television interface’, allowing blind and vision impaired customers to easily navigate through program guides and other features.

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Interview with Kate Kennedy, winner of the Roma Wood OAM Award at the 2014 Captioning Awards

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Kate Kennedy is the Coordinator, Information and Advocacy for Parents of Deaf Children (PODC).

Kate Kennedy holding the Roma Wood OAM Community Award for captioning. Left to right: David Brady, Roma Wood, Kate Kennedy, Andrew Stewart, Alex Varley


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Victorian council to hold accessible cinema trial

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Yarra Ranges Council in Melbourne’s far north east is exploring the possibility of offering audio described and captioned movies at its iconic memorial hall, known locally as ‘The Memo’.

Memorial Hall, Healesville, Victoria

A successful trial of open captioned cinema has already taken place, with upcoming audio description and closed caption trials soon to commence.


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Understanding the experience of gamers with disabilities

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Gamers with disabilities often face challenges due to accessibility issues found in games, despite some good resources for developers who want to ensure that people with disabilities can effectively engage in a gaming environment.

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We asked gamers for their thoughts, experiences and opinions on using in-game captions, ideas to improve gaming accessibility, and their stories to share as gamers with a disability.

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Disability commissioner calls for accessibility guidelines in government procurement

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The Age and Disability Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called on the government to take accessibility into account when procuring information and communications technology (ICT) products and services.

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Japanese group develops new accessible cinema technology

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Japan’s Media Access Support Center (MASC) has developed a new glasses system to provide closed captions and audio description of movies for people with hearing and vision impairments.

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Spurred on by new discrimination legislation as well as the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, the developers are fine tuning the technology for release to the mass market.


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Discovery Kids on Foxtel – learning and access all in one

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Engaging educational TV that is 100% captioned is a boon for students with diverse learning needs. Discovery Kids on FOXTEL, launched last week, delivers on the promise of accessibility and fun educational programming for children.

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Annual film festival brings free accessible movies to Sydney surrounds

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Access All Areas Film Festival will run again this year from 1-5 December across Sydney venues, bringing captioned and audio described Australian feature and short films to the general public and into the classrooms of schools.

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Ofcom report highlights live captioning issues

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The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued the second of four planned reports on the quality of live captioning. It finds that there have been some improvements since the first report in April, but shows that the delay in captions appearing on screen remains a significant issue for viewers.

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