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July 2015
Date Published News headline and description
29 July 2015 Windows 10 launches with accessibility improvements
The Windows 10 update has begun to roll out on a number of devices and has some significant improvements to the accessibility features previously...
29 July 2015 Captioned video and transcripts – ideal access and teaching combination
For students with diverse learning needs, the use of captioned content in the classroom is the best way to gain access to context and information for...
24 July 2015 Real-time captioning glasses premiere at French arts festival
Augmented reality (AR) glasses which project real-time, customisable captions and surtitles for viewers have debuted at the Avignon Festival in...
24 July 2015 Ofcom consults on accessibility of on-screen TV guides
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued a consultation paper outlining changes it is proposing to make electronic program guides (EPGs) more...
22 July 2015 Five key captioning roles for specialist educators
Specialist education roles, such as Itinerant or Supporting Teachers of the Deaf, have a strategic and practical role in promoting the use of...
21 July 2015 Academic calls for new audio description policy
Dr Katie Ellis, senior research fellow in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University, is calling for a new policy on audio description...
20 July 2015 Five tips to make the web work better in your language
In late May, Dr Scott Hollier travelled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to teach a web accessibility course to 22 students. As part of the assignment work,...
17 July 2015 Developer discusses the creation of handheld audio description device
In a recent interview, Bryan Gould, Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies Director at the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) in...
16 July 2015 UK channels breach rules by not providing access in other countries
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has found that a number of UK-based channels owned by AXN and MTG breached access regulations by not providing...
16 July 2015 Choosing captioned options is an essential first step
In many subjects, students (and teachers) have a choice about which texts or resources to study. For students who use captions, it makes sense to...
15 July 2015 Using captions to teach skills and concepts
Access and opportunity combine with the use of captioned video in the classroom to provide necessary context, as well enduring information, after the...
13 July 2015 Study will review disabled consumer experiences with video on demand
Curtin University academic Katie Ellis will investigate disabled consumer experiences of subscription video-on-demand (VOD) services in Australia in...
13 July 2015 Captioned Discovery Kids helps primary children learn
Discovery Kids is Australia’s only dedicated educational channel for primary-school aged children (5-12) and a sponsor of Media Access Australia's...
10 July 2015 Audio description trial on iview enters third month
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s iview service is about to enter its third month, with feedback from viewers on the choice of programs and...
07 July 2015 Blind viewer sues ABC for not providing audio description
Suzanne Hudson, a blind television viewer, has launched a case against the ABC in the Federal Circuit Court, claiming that it has unlawfully...
01 July 2015 iTunes to remove content that isn’t captioned
1 July 2015 is the deadline in the United States for all online video content to have captions if it was previously captioned for broadcast on...
June 2015
Date Published News headline and description
30 June 2015 Accessible Live Events call for papers
The University of Antwerp is hosting a special international symposium on Accessible Live Events on 29 April 2016 and is seeking proposals for papers...
26 June 2015 UK Labour MP supports VOD access campaign
Labour MP Lillian Greenwood has submitted a private member’s bill to the House of Commons in support of Subtitle It!, a campaign to improve the...
25 June 2015 UK regulator releases access requirements for 2016
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its list of TV channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...
24 June 2015 Egypt audio describes its first feature film
On 11 June 2015, the 1963 epic drama Al Nasser Saladin became the first Egyptian feature film to be screened with audio description for blind and...

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