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July 2010
Date Published News headline and description
29 July 2010 US House of Representatives passes accessible communications bill
The US House of Representatives yesterday passed House Resolution 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009,...
28 July 2010 Drupal CMS provides accessibility resources
Drupal, an open-source Content Management System (CMS), has released a formal ‘accessibility statement’ outlining how Drupal can be used to create an...
26 July 2010 US Attorney General announces proposals for improved accessibility regulations
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced over the weekend that the US Department of Justice had proposed several improvements in accessibility...
26 July 2010 UK Communications Minister interviewed about AD on TV approach
BBC Radio 4 program In Touch: News for Blind People has an interview with Ed Vaizey, the UK Communications Minister. In it he talks about the...
26 July 2010 Talking set-top box now on sale in UK
The much awaited talking menu set-top box developed by the UK's Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is available for pre-order.
26 July 2010 Indian government creates US$35 tablet PC
The Indian government has created a US$35 tablet PC prototype, designed to provide basic Internet and document editing features to school-aged...
23 July 2010 Accessible cinema questions answered
Since last Saturday’s announcement of the major cinema chain expansion of the accessible program, Media Access Australia (MAA) has been inundated...
22 July 2010 Disability Discrimination Commissioner talks about cinema access
Last week saw major Australian cinema chains agree to a massive increase in accessibility for blind and deaf movie goers.
22 July 2010 UK access company on the market
The UK company ITFC, which provides captions and audio description for clients including ITV and Five, is on the market for a reported £15 million.
21 July 2010 Captioned radio demonstrated in the US
NPR Labs has developed a prototype car dashboard which provides captioned digital radio. It was demonstrated to US government officials on Monday, 19...
21 July 2010 Consumers hail accessible cinema expansion
 The announcement that major cinemas around Australia will be made more accessible by the end of 2014 has been hailed by consumers and consumer...
20 July 2010 UK government supports 20% audio description target
Following a long-running campaign by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the UK government has announced its support for a 20%...
19 July 2010 New US bill aims to increase access
The United States has taken a step closer to ensuring modern communication devices are accessible to those with disabilities.
17 July 2010 Cinema to become more accessible
Media Access Australia commends the Federal government announcement today that will see every major cinema chain location made more accessible for...
16 July 2010 Campaign to increase digitised books to 2 million
Digital librarian Brewster Kahle has launched a worldwide campaign to double the number of books available to people who need access to books in...
16 July 2010 Latest Figures on Audio Described DVDs - July 2010
Audio described DVD titles on new release shelves during the month of July 2010 stand at 26% of all titles.
14 July 2010 Feedback requested for W3C WCAG 2.0 techniques document
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group is asking for feedback on a document that will help developers implement the WCAG 2...
12 July 2010 MAA expands to meet access challenges
Media Access Australia (MAA) is expanding its work in access, with two new members joining the team in July. As technology advances, so too does...
09 July 2010 ASTRA responds to Human Rights Commission questions
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is currently considering an application for exemption from complaints under the Disability...
09 July 2010 Android receives accessible email client
Mobile device operating system Google Android has just employed its first accessible email client, K9.

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