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UK broadcasters exceed access requirements

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The bi-annual report into the provision of captioning, audio description and sign language on British TV has been released by the media regulator Ofcom. The January to June 2013 report shows that most broadcasters are exceeding their access targets.

The UK system splits the broadcasters into three levels, all based on their audience share.  The biggest category is Level 1 broadcasters, which includes the main free-to-air channels such BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5 and the main subscription channels from Sky.


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Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards winners announced

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Organisations that recognise the need to address web accessibility and digital inclusion were among those celebrated at the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) held last night in Wellington, New Zealand.

The awards, run by the .au Domain Administration (auDA) and InternetNZ, are designed to recognise the achievement of organisations which use the internet to benefit the community in innovative ways.

Work Ventures won the Internet Access and Digital Skills award for its program to help reduce the digital divide, which includes provision of free access to the Internet at technology hubs, refurbished computers for disadvantaged people, and training. The program particularly targets indigenous youth in remote areas, refugees and seniors.


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Blind Citizens Australia National Convention – register now

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Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the representative body for Australians who are blind or vision impaired. The organisation advocates on key issues and works to connect its members across the country. Its national convention, held annually, provides the opportunity for the blind and vision impaired community to share developments in media and technology access.

Highlights of the convention include:


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Curtin University’s disability and television study

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Curtin University is looking for participants to take part in a study it is conducting to help understand the potential benefits and challenges that the digital television switchover will bring for Australians with disabilities.

The first phase of the study, which is titled ‘Disability on Television: Access, Representation and Reception’, is a survey which asks about:


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