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August 2013
Date Published News headline and description
15 August 2013 Leading US accessibility advocate speaks at Sydney conference
Karen Peltz Strauss, one of the principle architects of accessibility legislation in the US, spoke today at the M-Enabling Conference about the...
14 August 2013 Australia falling behind in video on demand captioning
Media Access Australia today released a report, Captioning on Video on Demand: It’s Time for Australia to Catch Up, which shows that most video on...
09 August 2013 The stenocaptioning speed test
An American captioner is competing to become the world’s fastest court reporter. The Guinness World Record attempt is part of this year’s National...
08 August 2013 School’s out: cap that! has its biggest year yet
Media Access Australia’s annual cap that! campaign promoting the use of captions in the classroom concluded last Sunday along with National Literacy...
07 August 2013 ACMA rules on captioning breaches by Nine and Seven
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has completed two investigations following complaints about captioning on programs broadcast...
06 August 2013 Campaign for a more accessible Netflix
Accessibility advocates are leading a campaign to make US-based video streaming service Netflix more accessible to people with disabilities. The...
05 August 2013 Let’s end CAPTCHA for good
A campaign has been launched in Australia asking some of the world’s largest companies to lead the way and phase out the use of CAPTCHAs across the...
02 August 2013 Finding the right screen reader
Our information on screen readers has been updated to help you find the one that best suits your needs.
July 2013
Date Published News headline and description
31 July 2013 Using captions to teach for literacy
With National Literacy and Numeracy Week in full swing, teachers are learning about how watching multimedia with captions can improve literacy. Why...
31 July 2013 Foxtel’s online service launches without captions
Foxtel yesterday launched Foxtel Play, a service which delivers TV programs via the internet to a variety of devices. Unfortunately for Deaf and...
30 July 2013 Getting online with Google: register today
Google is running a workshop for older people and those with disabilities on how to get the most out of the internet.
30 July 2013 How to find accessible movie sessions on cinema websites
The major cinema chains have closed captions (CC) and audio description (AD) available at 115 locations across Australia. Finding movie sessions...
29 July 2013 Switch on captions for National Literacy and Numeracy Week
Media Access Australia is marking National Literacy and Numeracy (NLNW) week by asking teachers to turn on captions in the classroom via its cap that...
25 July 2013 In case you missed it: Media Access Australia in the headlines
We’ve been almost everywhere on the web lately.  We wanted to let our website visitors and news alert subscribers stay in the loop on the access news...
24 July 2013 Mozilla’s Firefox OS: accessibility to be included
The not-for-profit technology organisation Mozilla is releasing its first operating system for mobile devices, Firefox OS, and its accessibility...
23 July 2013 Research to make white canes smarter
A new device is being developed by Curtin University researchers which uses sensors to enhance the white canes used by people who are blind and...
22 July 2013 Accessible movies at the Melbourne International Film Festival
The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will host four audio described and open captioned movies this year. The four feature-length...
19 July 2013 Review of the Panasonic Smart Viera TH-L42E6A, a ‘talking TV’ with Voice Guidance
Panasonic’s 2013 range of Viera ‘smart TVs’ are the first in Australia to have a text-to-speech function which will be of great benefit to blind and...
17 July 2013 Online captioning rules clarified in the US
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has clarified how it will deal with requirements to caption online videos, caption quality standards, and...
17 July 2013 New online video service to have 100% captioning
Films14 is an online subscription service which is set to commence in 2014, and plans to have captioning on all of the movies and TV shows it makes...

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