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May 2015
Date Published News headline and description
21 May 2015 NZ increases funding for captioning and audio description
NZ On Air, the New Zealand Government’s broadcast funding agency, has announced that it will increase its funding for captioning and audio...
19 May 2015 Australian Network on Disability forms alliance with Media Access Australia to achieve accessibility in the workplace
Media Access Australia, Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disability,...
15 May 2015 Web and PDF Accessibility: New Tools for Changing Times
Tim Connell, Managing Director at adaptive technology company Quantum talks about web and document accessibility. Tim spoke to media Access Australia...
14 May 2015 Digital TV regulation submissions released
The Federal Government has released the submissions it has received in response to its review of digital television regulations, with a number of...
13 May 2015 New video player designed for the blind released
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has released a revolutionary video player which makes it easy for blind and vision impaired people to...
11 May 2015 Government sector must improve digital experience
The government sector has been found to deliver the worst digital experiences of a range of Australian industries in a new report by consulting firm...
11 May 2015 Case Study: Municipal Association of Victoria unlocks power of digital accessibility
The peak body representing local councils in the Australian state of Victoria partners with Media Access Australia to deliver upskilling, training...
07 May 2015 Hawaii makes cinema access compulsory
The US state of Hawaii has brought in state legislation to mandate the provision of captions and audio description (described as “descriptive...
07 May 2015 Lessons from Skandia Bank’s accessibility journey
Norwegian bank Skandiabanken’s Snorre Kim discusses why a major national bank decided to put digital accessibility at the front and centre of its...
06 May 2015 Consumers encouraged to nominate accessible apps
Users of mobile device apps have been encouraged to nominate their favourite accessible apps for the 2015 Apps For All Challenge.
05 May 2015 Report on the state of captioning in Europe released
The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at the levels of captioning on television, video-on-...
01 May 2015 Q&A with Robert Kingett: motivational speaker, author and video-on-demand accessibility advocate
Media Access Australia spoke to Robert Kingett, accessibility advocate, motivational speaker, author of “Off the Grid: Living Blind Without the...
April 2015
Date Published News headline and description
29 April 2015 Q&A with Robert Osztolykan, creator of the petition to make Steam accessible
Media Access Australia spoke with Robert Osztolykan, blind gamer and creator of the petition to make Valve’s gaming platform Steam accessible to...
27 April 2015 Why does Netflix’s accessible offering hit Presto and Stan for six?
Barely a moment after we were celebrating the launch of ABC’s long-awaited audio description service on the popular iview player video on demand (VOD...
27 April 2015 Digital Transformation Office updates guidance on Digital Service Standard
The Digital Transformation Office—a new body created to manage the improved design of online government services—has provided updated guidance for...
24 April 2015 Apple Watch accessibility features
With Apple’s new watch becoming officially available, Media Access Australia has put together a round-up of all the accessibility features of the new...
23 April 2015 What are the most accessible video-on-demand services?
With consumers increasingly turning to their computers and mobile devices to watch TV programs and movies, the accessibility of video-on-demand...
22 April 2015 Hong Kong honours accessible websites and apps
The Government of Hong Kong has once again recognised the efforts of web developers and designers in creating websites and mobile apps that are...
22 April 2015 AD 2020 – what will happen to audio description in the next 5 years?
Predicting the future beyond the next year or two is a risky business, even more so if you are looking at media and digital services. Media Access...
21 April 2015 Swedish app massively expands audio described cinema
A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000...

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