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Hopelessly devoted to captioning and audio description

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Looking for last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy our top 5 suggestions for an accessible and romantic evening.

Go out and enjoy an evening at the cinema together. Visit the Your Local Cinema website for details and session times of captioned and audio described movies.

Rent or purchase a copy of Dear John and watch it with audio description or captioning. Not into romantic movies? Why not check out our categorised database of audio described titles for another movie choice.

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Accessible cinema rollout - the first six weeks

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It's been six weeks since the Cinema Access Implementation Plan began to roll out in major Australian cinema chain locations. Media Access Australia has received feedback from a variety of patrons as well as from the cinemas themselves.

The feedback has been both positive and negative and a number of issues have been raised. 


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US video highlights learning benefits of captions

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Aberdeen Captioning has released a short video about the learning benefits of captioning on TV.

In a bid to encourage people to use captions at home this video explains that children's literacy can increase dramatically if captions are turned on.

The short public service announcement can be viewed on YouTube.


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US Super Bowl to be fully captioned for first time

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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the National Football League (NFL) and the FOX Broadcasting Company yesterday announced that this year’s Super Bowl, to be broadcast on 6 February, will be fully captioned for the first time, including captioning of all national commercials and promotions.

While the Super Bowl, the NFL’s championship game, has been captioned for years, this will be the first time that captioning on commercials has reached 100%. According to a survey conducted by access advocate Sean Zdenek, 75% of commercials during last year’s Super Bowl were captioned. The Super Bowl is usually the most watched television event of the year in America, with a 30-second advertising spot during it costing US$2.7 in 2010.


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