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June 2014
Date Published News headline and description
11 June 2014 Winners of US Awards for Advancement in Accessibility announced
America’s communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the winners of the 2014 FCC Chairman Awards for...
11 June 2014 Captioned World Cup
Local coverage of the world’s largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup starting in Brazil on 12 June (13 June Australian time),...
10 June 2014 Claims EU, US accessibility rules are falling off the agenda
Warnings have been issued that requirements to make websites accessible in Europe and the US are falling behind schedule.
06 June 2014 Tech companies urged to address ‘untapped billion’ disabled users
Mobile device manufacturers have been urged to better address a great untapped market that is globally worth US$8 trillion a year — people with a...
06 June 2014 The ultimate game experience for blind World Cup fans
With the largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, starting in Brazil on 12 June (13 June Australian time), with an estimated billion...
05 June 2014 Nominations are open for annual captioning awards
Innovations and great access through captioning are celebrated and rewarded at the annual Deafness Forum Captioning Awards. There are six categories...
05 June 2014 YouTube’s new DIY captioning tool
YouTube has introduced a new feature which makes it easier to create closed captions and add them to your videos.
04 June 2014 Apple Yosemite and iOS8 accessibility roundup
Apple this week announced the launch of its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, and its new mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual developer...
04 June 2014 cap that! promotes literacy through captions
The annual cap that! education campaign, a Media Access Australia initiative, launches today for another round promoting captions on video as a...
May 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 May 2014 Irish regulator suggests modest audio description targets
The Irish broadcasting regulator, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, has commenced a consultation period looking at possible changes to the...
29 May 2014 The digital accessible cinema chain: Part 3 – exhibitors: at the coalface of accessible cinema
In the final part of our three-part series on accessible cinema, Media Access Australia project manager Ally Woodford tackles the often-misunderstood...
29 May 2014 Skype Translator offers real time voice translation
Microsoft has demonstrated a new application, Skype Translator, which provides near real-time voice and caption translation of different languages.
28 May 2014 Improving the quality of live captioning
The recent initiative by the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, to measure the quality of live captioning has been welcomed by David Padmore,...
27 May 2014 Do closed captions still serve deaf people?
In a captioned TEDx Talks YouTube video, captioning pioneer Gary Robson asks whether closed captions still serve deaf people.
26 May 2014 Sports channel fined for not meeting audio description target
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has fined the sports channel ESPN £120,000 (AU$218,778) for not meeting its audio description target...
21 May 2014 The digital accessible cinema chain: Part 2 – The role of distributors
In the second part of our three-part series on accessible cinema, Media Access Australia project manager Ally Woodford looks at the role distributors...
16 May 2014 Now you can tweet accessible images
Accessible Twitter service Easy Chirp used Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2014 to announce a new feature that allows users to tweet images with a...
16 May 2014 Nine’s captioners audited for quality
Ai-Media, the caption supplier for the Nine Network, has released the results of its first external caption quality audit, scoring more than 99%...
15 May 2014 Global Accessibility Awareness Day: 10 things everyone can do to improve access to media
To celebrate the third Global Accessibility Day, we have compiled a list of tips that everyone can use to make someone’s experience of media a little...
14 May 2014 Audio description seminar calls for papers
The 5th Advanced Research Seminar on Audio Description (ARSAD) will be held in Barcelona on 19-20 March, 2015, and organisers are calling on experts...

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