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April 2010
Date Published News headline and description
30 April 2010 Hiccup' leads White House to focus on web accessibility standard
The White House promises to pay more attention to the Section 508 accessibility standard for people who have a disability when developing Web sites...
30 April 2010 Rejection reasons revealed for cinema temporary exemption application
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the full details of its rejection of the major cinema chains’ application for a temporary...
30 April 2010 Media Access Australia CEO talks about the Human Rights Commission's cinema decision
 Recently Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley spoke with Vision Australia Radio about the Australian Human Rights Commission’s decision in April...
29 April 2010 First audio described Bollywood DVD
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has achieved a milestone in audio description with the first audio described Bollywood DVD.  
28 April 2010 Behind the News' has captions on the iView
'Behind the News' (BTN), the ABC’s current affairs program for children, now has captions available when watched on the iView media player.
28 April 2010 Audio description for a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite
One of the most loved comic operas, 'The Pirates of Penzance', will be presented with audio description in November 2010.
27 April 2010 Media Access Australia reviews the Draft National Curriculum
Media Access Australia’s (MAA) education team has completed a review of the Draft National Curriculum, and Education Manager Anne McGrath recently...
23 April 2010 New cinema caption viewing system on show in the USA
 The USA’s Doremi Cinema has showcased its new closed caption viewing system for hearing impaired movie audiences at the recent ShoWest cinema...
23 April 2010 Ai-Media announces unique new service for deaf students
Deafness services innovator Ai-Media today launched ‘Ai-Live’, a world-first service that provides live captioning of classes to deaf and hearing...
23 April 2010 Cinema CEOs step in to talk about access
At the Deafness Forum Deafness Sector Summit in Sydney today, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten announced that he and...
23 April 2010 WAI updates resources to encourage better web accessibility
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has update three primary documents to help encourage developers and user to work together towards better...
23 April 2010 Apple tutorials show you how to use accessibility features on the iPhone
Apple is known for its inbuilt accessibility features, particularly the very powerful VoiceOver which functions as a gesture-based screen reader on...
21 April 2010 Vlingo app for BlackBerry now reads out messages
Vlingo has introduced a free feature to its Vlingo application for the BlackBerry called ScreenReader which reads aloud text messages and emails.
21 April 2010 Marlee Matlin's campaign yields in-flight captioning
A high profile campaign by Deaf Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin has led to US airline Continental confirming that it will provide closed captioning...
20 April 2010 Netflix rolls out captions on streaming movies and TV shows
Netflix Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt announced on the Netflix blog that Netflix now supports closed captioning on its streaming movies and TV...
19 April 2010 Human Rights Commission releases submissions to the subscription television exemption application
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released submissions to the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association’s (ASTRA)...
19 April 2010 Accessibility and usability concerns voiced over ICT in National Curriculum
The question of whether to embed ICT (Information and Communication Technology) across all subjects in the National Curriculum, or include it as a...
19 April 2010 More free assistive technology software means more choice for users
Two tools for people who are blind or vision impaired, a screen reader named Thunder and a screen magnifier named Lightning Express, offer people who...
19 April 2010 Autism app helps communication
Australian-born Lisa Domican, who now lives in Ireland, has developed a communication application for the iPhone to help her autistic daughter...
16 April 2010 AI Media launches Education Division
Australian access company AI Media has appointed well-regarded educator Leonie Jackson to head up its new Education Division. Jackson has 18 years...

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