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August 2015
Date Published News headline and description
26 August 2015 Audio description – three ways
Audio description for television, streaming video and cultural events is a major conversation topic among access advocates for people who are blind...
26 August 2015 Several hundred million reasons captions boost literacy
The use of captions to help with literacy is supported by a range of studies and approaches. As we approach National Literacy and Numeracy Week and...
25 August 2015 NVDA screen reader 2015.3 update released
NV Access has released the latest update of its NVDA screen reader for Microsoft Windows, adding introductory support for Windows 10, improvements...
25 August 2015 Dr Scott Hollier talks affordable access at ACCAN 2015 National Conference
Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier will be presenting at next week’s Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) National...
21 August 2015 ACMA to host a conversation on live captioning
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is holding a one-day event on 15 September, Live captioning: let’s talk, that will provide...
19 August 2015 South Australian Museum to host audio described tours
The South Australian Museum is set to hold two free audio described tours of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year...
19 August 2015 Including captioning for excursions
The principles of CAP THAT! don’t have to stop at the school gate. There are options for including captioning as part of an excursion; it just...
19 August 2015 Transport for NSW releases app to help the blind navigate
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has announced the release of an app, Stop Announcer, which will help blind or vision impaired people to find their way...
18 August 2015 Greens Senator calls for audio description on TV
The Senate has supported a motion introduced by the Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, calling on the Federal Government to amend the...
18 August 2015 A world of access at Media for All
Access to media is a growing feature at international conferences. A problem for Australian audiences is that these conferences are usually located...
17 August 2015 Petition started to bring audio description to TV
Stephen Jolley, who has been blind since birth, has started a petition on Change.org, asking the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, to...
13 August 2015 How does captioning help with inclusive education?
Inclusive education is an expectation for any student enrolled in a mainstream school, which is the case for the vast majority of Australian school...
13 August 2015 Kodi 15.1 media centre software significantly improves accessibility features
Kodi, arguably the world’s most popular open-source media centre software, has recently introduced significant accessibility improvements in its 15.1...
12 August 2015 Making access work in the New World
Access to media through audio description and captioning is well established through most of Europe, North America and the English-speaking world....
10 August 2015 U.S. Government makes captions compulsory in airports
The Department of Transport has issued a ruling which will make it compulsory to turn on captions on all televisions and audio-visual displays in...
07 August 2015 Windows 10 Home and Pro – hands-on accessibility test
Shortly after the launch of Windows 10 on July 29th, Dr Scott Hollier put together his thoughts, findings and hands-on impressions regarding the...
07 August 2015 Irish cinemas show accessible movies
Ireland’s largest cinema chain, the family-owned Omniplex, which owns 22 cinemas across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, will start...
06 August 2015 BBC paper looks at the future of online captioning
As people increasingly watch TV programs online, the opportunity arises for captions to be made more responsive to the needs of individual users. A...
05 August 2015 Connect Ability Challenge awards accessible tech innovators
The Connect Ability Challenge, which challenges developers to build accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities using only existing...
04 August 2015 Parents support captions in the classroom
Parents are a key ally in providing a supported captioning experience, according to Kate Kennedy from Parents of Deaf Children (PODC), the NSW-based...

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