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March 2010
Date Published News headline and description
08 March 2010 US panel to review how broadband will work for disabilities
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is convening a panel to ensure that people with disabilities share fully in the benefits of broadband...
05 March 2010 Google opens auto-captions up to other video providers
Google have built on their auto-caption feature in YouTube by allowing other video providers to use the technology.
05 March 2010 New cinema access system moves to development phase
SightCine, a Los Angeles based start-up company, has secured development funding to create a prototype of its caption glasses concept. The idea is...
04 March 2010 Four cinema chains respond to access questions
An exemption application to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was lodged by Greater Union, Hoyts, Reading and Village cinemas last year....
03 March 2010 DBCDE releases submissions to the Multichannel Review
The Department of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has released the submissions made to the Discussion Paper on ‘Content...
03 March 2010 US introduces new caption complaint rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US has announced that television viewers can now report caption problems directly to the FCC....
02 March 2010 Research into synthesised speech and audio description
IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study via an online...
02 March 2010 National Curriculum launched, but how accessible will it be?
The Federal Government launched the much anticipated National Curriculum yesterday, and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority...
02 March 2010 Draft National Curriculum launched, but how accessible will it be?
The Federal Government launched the much anticipated draft National Curriculum yesterday, and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting...
02 March 2010 Regional SA to go digital-only on 15 December 2010
The analog switch-off date for the SA regional areas and Broken Hill in NSW has been confirmed as 15 December 2010. As part of the switchover program...
01 March 2010 Are news websites accessible? Have your say
Continuing last month’s theme, the Australian Web Access Review (AWARe) will focus on the accessibility of news websites in March. Three popular news...
01 March 2010 American flyers call for captioned entertainment
The Association for Airline Passenger Rights in the USA has called for the Department of Transportation to expand its captioning rules to include...
February 2010
Date Published News headline and description
26 February 2010 Introducing the Dingoo: an affordable handheld gaming device with access features
The Dingoo is a handheld gaming device produced in China that is rapidly gaining in popularity in Internet circles. It can be used to play Dingoo-...
25 February 2010 Nintendo announces DSi XL, with 93% larger screen
Today Nintendo America announced it will be releasing a new version of the Nintendo DSi model with a screen nearly twice the size of previous models...
24 February 2010 Government websites to be WCAG 2.0 compliant by 2015
The Australian government announced today that it will join the international community by committing to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Web...
23 February 2010 Lack of WCAG 2.0 a concern for education websites: report
The Australian Flexible Learning Framework has released a report on the potential implications of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)...
23 February 2010 Deaf actor inspires ABC.com to caption online
The Oscar winning Deaf actor Marlee Matlin inspired Disney so much that it agreed to expand its online captioning efforts.
23 February 2010 Latest figures on audio described DVDs - February 2010
Audio described DVD titles on new release shelves during the month of February 2010 stand at 28% of all titles.  
22 February 2010 Expedia.com launches search-and-book accessible accommodation system
Expedia.com, the world’s largest travel booking website, now allows users to specifically search and book accommodation that is accessible to people...
22 February 2010 Program editing software makes adding captions easier
Final Cut Pro, a non-linear software program which is very popular with film and TV program makers, has now made it easier and cheaper to add...

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