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Digital Theatre productions with captions

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UK not-for-profit captioning organisation Stagetext has partnered with on-demand live arts service Digital Theatre to offer captioned versions of theatre productions.

A digital theatre production is where the play is recorded live and then distributed online, like a ‘film’ of the theatre performance. The addition of captions means that these productions are accessible to Deaf and hearing impaired people around the world.  This is part of the push to provide a different form of physical access when a person cannot attend the performance at the venue.  It also means that the performance is available multiple times and can be watched when the viewer chooses.


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Call for proposals for leading accessible arts conference

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The annual Leadership Exchange in the Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference has called for proposals for pre-conference workshops and conference sessions for its 2015 event which will be held in Washington DC during August.

The professional LEAD network explores practical methods of providing accessibility to the arts as well as sharing information among arts administrators and managers in the field of accessible arts.

The fifteenth annual conference will run at the Kennedy Center from 5-7 August, with pre-conference sessions on 3 and 4 August.

Digital media and technology: 

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Leading Australian arts and disability conference is fully accessible

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The fourth national Arts Activated: Creative Connections conference will be presented in Sydney in late October. The conference is the leading arts and disability conference in Australia and is hosted by Accessible Arts (NSW).

The two-day conference features streams covering access through technology, creative practice, audience development, international collaborations, disability-led practice and community connections. The extensive program features 85 speakers from across Australia and the world.


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Accessible cinema to get a legislative boost in the USA

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Last week the United States Attorney General signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which recommends amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act to provide captioning and audio description of movies.

The ruling will provide a consistent approach across the United States for cinemas to exhibit closed captioned and audio described movies. While the majority of movies released by American studios have captions and audio description, the number of cinemas making use of these features is varies widely across the country.

Some of the rulemaking inclusions are:


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Leading the field - Betty Siegel

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Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is a driving force in accessible arts across America. Her wealth of experience makes her a prime candidate for our 'experts in access' series. Ally Woodford, one of Media Access Australia's project managers, took the opportunity to interview Betty as she prepares for the upcoming LEAD conference.

1. What is your role and how long have you been in it?


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Annual LEAD conference for accessible arts set for August

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Chicago will host the annual Leadership Exchange in the Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference from 1-6 August this year, bringing together arts practitioners from around the world.

Established in 2000, LEAD attracts people in the arts industry whose common goal is to create cultural arts programs that are inclusive of people with disabilities and seniors. Presenters from around the world bring their expertise to the stage and this year’s conference includes presentations on:


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Describing Judy Dixey

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Judy Dixey is the Executive Director of VocalEyes, the United Kingdom’s premier audio description company for performing arts. After ten very productive years at the helm Judy is retiring at the end of July, but we couldn’t let her go without a final interview. Media Access Australia project manager Ally Woodford chatted with Judy, exploring her achievements and what she’s doing next.

1. How long have you been with VocalEyes?

The post of Executive Director was advertised in summer of 2004 and I was appointed in September, so it’s jolly nearly ten years.


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