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Enjoy this long weekend with an accessible movie

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Go to the movies this Easter long weekend for some accessible entertainment. There are many films available with both captions and audio description to choose from throughout the country.

Among the accessible cinema venues are the cinemas that have adopted the latest in captioning technology – the CaptiView system. This easy-to-use hand-held screen means more sessions are available to those who may benefit from captions.


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US industry group makes standard available for online captioning

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The Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has released to the public a standard which will make it easier for captions on TV programs to be retained when these programs are shown on the Internet.

The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) has applauded SMPTE’s decision, calling it “important and well-timed”. One of the requirements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in October 2010, is that programs which were captioned when screened on TV must also be captioned when made available online.


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ABC renews captioning contract with CSI

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The ABC has signed a new long-term contract with Captioning and Subtitling International (CSI) to provide captioning services across its channels ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC News 24.

CSI has been providing captioning services to the ABC since 2005, and this year is expected to produce 3,000 hours of offline (pre-prepared) captioning and 7,500 hours of live captioning. CSI’s live captioning is provided by its partner, Caption It Pty Ltd.


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Positive move toward an inclusive Australian Curriculum

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The Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) has emphasised its commitment to the consideration of students with special needs in the upcoming Australian Curriculum.

ACARA acknowledge in their recent newsletter that there are necessary challenges in the provision of a curriculum suitable for students with various special needs, but that as a result “it will make Australia one of the few nations in the world with a model of curriculum provision for these students”.

Media Access Australia is enthusiastic about the potential benefits to students who have sensory impairment that will result from the development of a new and inclusive curriculum.


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