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University entrance now possible for blind students in China

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Thanks to a change in regulation, blind and vision impaired students in China will be given access to mainstream higher education.

The Chinese government has released regulations stating that the national university entrance exam must be made available in Braille and electronic formats. Prior to this, these students were unable to attend mainstream universities, which drastically reduced their chances of employment and equal participation in society.


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Results of our survey on multichannel captioning

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A survey conducted by Media Access Australia has found that levels of captioning on commercial multichannels, which include 7Two, Go! and One, remain below 50 per cent.

The survey looked at programs screened between 6am and midnight from 5 to 11 April 2014. During that period, the highest captioning percentage recorded on a commercial multichannel was 57 per cent on the Nine network’s Gem, while the lowest was 23 per cent on the Ten network’s One.

By contrast, captioning on the ABC’s three multichannel’s, ABC News 24, ABC2 and ABC3, stood at between 96 and 100 per cent.


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Perth to host Web4All and World Wide Web conferences

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Perth has won its bid to host the 2017 Web4All (W4A) and World Wide Web (WWW) conferences. The two co-located events will see world renowned web accessibility experts descend on the city. 

The announcement was made at the conclusion of WWW 2014 over the weekend in Seoul, Korea. The WWW is the premier forum for discussion relating to the evolution of the web. W4A, which precedes WWW, focuses on how the web can be made more inclusive, particularly for older people and those with disabilities. The conference helps ensure that, as the web develops, the diversity of users’ needs is taken into account.

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Live captions for students on the autism spectrum

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Captioning company Ai-Media has launched a pilot program to test a new product designed to help students on the autism spectrum. 

The new system is an adaptation of Ai-Live, which allows students who are Deaf or hearing impaired to view real-time captions of a lesson on their personal device. It is used widely in universities and some schools. The new autism application of Ai-Live simplifies the teachers’ language to better meet the needs of people with an autism spectrum disorder.


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ACMA grants subscription TV caption exemptions

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has granted caption exemptions to three subscription TV suppliers, Telstra Pay TV, Optus Vision Media and Fetch TV. 

Under theBroadcasting Services Act, the ACMA has the power to grant exemption or target reduction orders to television services if providing captions for them would cause ‘unjustifiable hardship’.


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Top captioned shows on Plus7

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Last week we reported on Seven becoming the first commercial network in Australia to make its catch-up TV service accessible to viewers who are Deaf or hearing impaired. This week, we share our favourite shows available on the platform with captions. 

Some of Seven’s most popular programs including Winners and Losers and A Place to Call Home remain uncaptioned online. My Kitchen Rules and Home and Away are currently the only Australian programs that have captions available on Plus7.


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Accessible media and the autism spectrum

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day. While many may be familiar with issues facing people with autism spectrum disorders, few are aware of the difference accessible media can make. 

Judith Garman, a researcher in the UK has done extensive work in this area. “Captions and audio description are a metaphorical ramp and provide a different kind of value to people on the autistic spectrum,” wrote Garman in 2011.


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Qantas improves in-flight accessibility

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Australia’s national airline has drastically improved the experience of flying for blind and vision impaired passengers by making the devices used on domestic flights to view in-flight entertainment accessible.

Qantas uses Apple iPads for its Q-Streaming system on 17 domestic routes. Until recently, the iPad’s extensive accessibility features were unable to be turned on. This meant that although iPads include screen readers and other assistive technologies, passengers with disabilities were unable to use them.

Following feedback from customers and potential customers, Qantas has now unlocked the iPad’s VoiceOver screen reader.


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Captions now available on Plus7

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The Seven network’s Plus7 has become the first commercial TV catch-up service to provide closed captions.

Captioning was launched on the service to coincide with the beginning of the 2014 rating season in February. All of the major shows on Seven now have captions on Plus7, including Home and Away, Revenge, Downton Abbey, Resurrection and My Kitchen Rules. Yahoo7, which manages the service, is planning further improvements to it in the future.

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That 70s captioned show: how the news was first brought to Deaf Americans

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Following the release of our white paper on caption quality, we look back at the origins of television captioning.

The Captioned ABC News, which began on 3 December 1973, was the first news program ever captioned. It was a repeat of the ABC’s 6 p.m. news which went to air at 11 p.m., with the captions prepared by a team of five captioners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcgqQj2wKFw


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