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November 2014
Date Published News headline and description
28 November 2014 Westpac banking app inaccessible: Former Disability Commissioner
Former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes is lodging a complaint against major Australian bank Westpac due to the alleged...
28 November 2014 Five live-caption quality issues from the UK
The quality of live captioning was a major topic discussed at the recent The Future of Subtitling conference held in London on 10 November 2014....
27 November 2014 US cinemas and advocacy groups agree on accessible cinema recommendations
US cinema owners and advocacy groups have come to a historic agreement in order to make accessible cinema recommendations to government around the...
27 November 2014 3D printers to improve classroom access
While not traditionally thought of as media, 3D printers are emerging as a new way for students to access learning and information.
26 November 2014 Ofcom releases first access report for 2014
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its Television Access Report for the first half of 2014, which shows that once again, most British...
26 November 2014 Curtain call for Stagetext CEO Tabitha Allum
For the last decade, UK arts captioning organisation Stagetext has been led by the dedicated and talented Tabitha Allum. Tabitha steps down from her...
25 November 2014 Online retail web accessibility guide
Now that a legal case has been brought against Coles for a lack of web accessibility of its online shopping site, and that a similar case in the US...
24 November 2014 Q&A Gilbert + Tobin’s Darren Fittler
Media Access Australia spoke with Gilbert + Tobin’s Darren Fittler about his nomination for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human...
24 November 2014 2014 Access All Areas film festival starts soon
The annual Access All Areas Film Festival brings accessible screenings of the best new Australian films to venues near you. The festival travels to...
21 November 2014 Access 2020 predicting the future – five experts, 20 ideas
A highlight of the recent the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin was a panel presentation speculating about what access might look like in...
20 November 2014 Senate committee seeks submissions about caption changes
The Senate committee which is looking at the Government’s recently proposed changes to caption regulations is seeking submissions by interested...
20 November 2014 Hong Kong art for everyone, By ALL Means
Media Access Australia recently met with staff from Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) during their visit to Australia for the Arts...
19 November 2014 UK VOD industry has two years to deliver captions or face regulation
The video on demand (VOD) industry in the United Kingdom has two years to prove that it can deliver reasonable access for deaf people or it will face...
19 November 2014 Dropbox announces accessibility updates
Dropbox, the cloud-based file storage service, has announced accessibility updates to its iOS-based application.
18 November 2014 Online grocer Peapod settles web accessibility action
Online shoppers with disabilities have achieved a win with the news overnight that the US Justice Department has settled a discrimination action...
18 November 2014 US cable company introduces talking TV guides
Comcast, one of the largest cable TV suppliers in America, has introduced the industry’s first ‘voice enabled television interface’, allowing blind...
17 November 2014 Interview with Kate Kennedy, winner of the Roma Wood OAM Award at the 2014 Captioning Awards
Kate Kennedy is the Coordinator, Information and Advocacy for Parents of Deaf Children (PODC).
17 November 2014 Victorian council to hold accessible cinema trial
Yarra Ranges Council in Melbourne’s far north east is exploring the possibility of offering audio described and captioned movies at its iconic...
13 November 2014 Understanding the experience of gamers with disabilities
Gamers with disabilities often face challenges due to accessibility issues found in games, despite some good resources for developers who want to...
12 November 2014 Disability commissioner calls for accessibility guidelines in government procurement
The Age and Disability Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called on the government to take accessibility into account when procuring information and...

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