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Accessible cinema technologies introduced on the Gold Coast

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The Arts Centre Gold Coast has introduced a new line of personal captioning and audio description devices intended to enhance cinema access for moviegoers in the region.

Mayor Tom Tate and Kerry Campbell using captioning glasses to watch a movie.

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Disabled gamer impresses at Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

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A disabled gamer known as Halfcoordinated, who plays with one hand, has again impressed and inspired the games community by speedrunning (playing as quickly as possible) the new Transformers: Devastation game at this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) event.

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CES 2016 accessibility round-up

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The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was held in Las Vegas, USA last week, is generally considered the world’s largest showcase of consumer electronics. With products ranging from futuristic prototypes through to things we’ll see in stores soon, it’s a good opportunity to see what some of the accessibility implications are for 2016.

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Researchers seek feedback on video-on-demand accessibility

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A new Australian research project is asking people to take part in a survey about the use of video-on-demand sites by people with disabilities.

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ACMA releases submissions to caption quality review

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has posted the submissions it received in response to its discussion paper ‘Review of Television Captioning Standard’, which was released in November 2015.

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Stan introduces closed captions

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The subscription television service Stan has quietly introduced closed captioning on a selection of its titles, with more to come. The service was criticised for not providing captions when it launched in January 2015.

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Audio description on ABC iview now available on FreeviewPlus

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The trial of audio description on the ABC’s iview, which commenced in April, has now been extended to FreeviewPlus. Previously, it was only available in iPhones, iPads, Android devices and desktop computers.

ABC iview in focus on the 'Catch up' menu in FreeviewPlus. Image credit: Freeview.com.au


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The most popular accessibility stories of 2015

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As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web, digital technology, education, TV, video, cinema, arts, policy and research in 2015.


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ACMA releases annual caption compliance reports for 2014-15

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released reports showing the compliance of free-to-air and subscription television services with captioning requirements in the financial year 2014-15.

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Microsoft announces philanthropic initiative to improve digital access

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Microsoft has announced an increased commitment to digital accessibility through Microsoft Philanthropies, an organisation within the company aiming to boost the global economy by providing the benefits of technology and access to more people around the world.

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