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Conference promotes use of technology for better outcomes for not-for-profits

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Media Access Australia’s Digital Media and Technology Manager Sarah Pulis will be talking to not-for-profit organisations about web accessibility at this year’s Connecting Up conference.

Connecting Up 2011 is a conference for organisations in the not-for-profit, charity and community sectors to discuss how new technologies can improve organisational efficiency and outcomes.

Pulis said, “For a lot of not-for-profits whose audience includes people with disabilities, sometimes more so than other sectors, providing a website that is accessible to all people is extremely important.”


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Irish captioning provider offers live captioning and streaming service

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Premier Captioning and Realtime Ltd. in Ireland has launched a new live streaming and captioning service for online events.

The new service, See Write Now, offers a complete online streaming and captioning service for live events that are delivered over the Internet. Along with video content, See Write Now has recently delivered a live stream of captions for a radio show.


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Netflix adds captions to iOS app

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A new update to the Netflix app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now allows you to watch movies and TV episodes with captions.

Netflix began releasing titles with closed captions in April last year, but until the recent update to its iOS app, users could not turn on captions when using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Captions are particularly useful for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, as well as those who are viewing content in a noisy environment, teaching or training, or learning English.

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Updates on Google Chrome OS and screen reader support

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The Google Chrome blog has reported improved third-party screen reader support in the latest version of the Google Chrome operating system (beta), and according to a tweet by a Google research scientist, developers may soon have access to Google Chrome’s screen reader, ChromeVox.

The Google Chrome blog post lists a number of changes to the latest version of Google Chrome operating system (Beta), including preliminary support for popular screen readers JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver.

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