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January 2016
Date Published News headline and description
28 January 2016 Petition launched for more audio description on iTunes
Accessible media advocate Phillip Chalker has launched a Change.org petition calling on iTunes to provide more movies with audio description for...
22 January 2016 Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility promotional video out now
A new video produced by Media Access Australia has been created to promote the upcoming Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA). It’s...
18 January 2016 Accessible cinema technologies introduced on the Gold Coast
The Arts Centre Gold Coast has introduced a new line of personal captioning and audio description devices intended to enhance cinema access for...
14 January 2016 Disabled gamer impresses at Awesome Games Done Quick 2016
A disabled gamer known as Halfcoordinated, who plays with one hand, has again impressed and inspired the games community by speedrunning (playing as...
12 January 2016 CES 2016 accessibility round-up
The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was held in Las Vegas, USA last week, is generally considered the world’s largest...
08 January 2016 Researchers seek feedback on video-on-demand accessibility
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.
07 January 2016 ACMA releases submissions to caption quality review
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has posted the submissions it received in response to its discussion paper ‘Review of...
05 January 2016 Stan introduces closed captions
The subscription television service Stan has quietly introduced closed captioning on a selection of its titles, with more to come. The service was...
December 2015
Date Published News headline and description
24 December 2015 Audio description on ABC iview now available on FreeviewPlus
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...
23 December 2015 The most popular accessibility stories of 2015
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,...
23 December 2015 ACMA releases annual caption compliance reports for 2014-15
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released reports showing the compliance of free-to-air and subscription television...
18 December 2015 Microsoft announces philanthropic initiative to improve digital access
Microsoft has announced an increased commitment to digital accessibility through Microsoft Philanthropies, an organisation within the company aiming...
17 December 2015 Choosing accessible movie sessions
With so many big movies being released for the Christmas season, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Arthur Christmas, it’s...
14 December 2015 Accessible live events conference
Making live events accessible is a growing area. Whilst captioning of live events such as theatre, sports and television programs has been available...
11 December 2015 Interest in mobile accessibility continues to increase: report
The Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) has released a report suggesting that there has been an increased interest in the availability of accessibility...
10 December 2015 Sydney Festival expands accessibility
The innovative program of events to be staged at the upcoming Sydney Festival is set to be more accessible and inclusive than in past years. The...
09 December 2015 Cortana now available to Australian Windows 10 users
Support for Cortana for Australian users has been added in the latest November update for Windows 10, allowing the feature to be officially enabled...
07 December 2015 Q&A with Sonokids Australia: education through gaming for children with disability
We spoke with Phia Damsma, co-founder and Creative Director at Sonokids Australia, to learn about the processes involved in creating accessible,...
04 December 2015 European Commission proposes making products and services more accessible
The European Commission has proposed a European Accessibility Act which will set accessibility requirements for key products across the European...
04 December 2015 U.S. broadcasts live TV audio description for the first time
U.S. cable provider Comcast, in partnership with NBC and Descriptive Video Works (DVW), will mark the International Day of People with Disability (3...

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