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February 2010
Date Published News headline and description
22 February 2010 Four Corners program on disability issues available online with captions
The recent Four Corners program Breaking Point, which looks at the plight of Australians living with a disability, or caring for someone who is...
18 February 2010 Subscription TV industry lodges new captioning exemption application with the Human Rights Commission
The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) has applied to the Australian Human Rights Commission for a temporary exemption...
18 February 2010 American blind left behind in digital TV transition
American Council of the Blind board member, Ray Campbell, claims that people with vision disabilities have been left behind due to 'idiots in...
17 February 2010 Captions on Washington DC mobile TV service confirmed
The mobile TV service for the Washington DC area is in late stages of setting up, with a service expected to start in April 2010.  This is where the...
16 February 2010 Tutorial videos for PowerPoint access freely available online
Online videos that highlight the steps needed to ensure the accessibility of PowerPoint presentation slides are now available for free viewing.
16 February 2010 Promoting captions at a young age benefits Deaf and hearing impaired students
Introducing captions at an early age has benefits beyond the individual child, as it impacts on changing attitudes and practice for all concerned....
15 February 2010 International access conference calls for papers
The bi-annual Languages and the Media conference will be held in Berlin this year from 6-8 October. Following current trends and developments, this...
11 February 2010 ABC TV's New Inventors Access and Ability special
Three inventions to help disabled people are featured in a special edition of the ABC1 television program The New Inventors screening on 10 March...
10 February 2010 Consumer organisation launches major study on broadband access
The Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN) has released a major international study looking at broadband access solutions for...
10 February 2010 Oracle layoffs raise concerns over Sun's access initiatives
Since Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems, a number of Linux accessibility specialists have been removed from the company, moving the focus of Linux...
09 February 2010 UK study pushes for mandatory real-time captioning for all students
A UK study from researchers at the University of Southampton offers a model solution for the adoption of real-time captioning technology in...
08 February 2010 United Nations workshop examines vision impairment Internet issues
The United Nations has concluded a four-day workshop in Geneva which investigated ways to improve access to the Internet for people who are blind or...
08 February 2010 Mozilla supports GNOME Foundation to support Linux accessibility
The Mozilla Corporation has donated $US10,000 to the GNOME Foundation to support the ongoing development of Linux accessibility features, aiming for...
05 February 2010 Media Access Australia responds to the Media Access Review
Submissions have now closed for the Federal Government 's Media Access Review.  It is expected that the full range of submissions will be posted on...
05 February 2010 Media Access Australia's response to the Media Access Review
Submissions have now closed for the Federal Government’s Media Access Review.  It is expected that the full range of submissions will be posted on...
05 February 2010 Region 1 catching up on DVD access
As often reported, the UK and more recently Australia lead the world in audio described DVDs. In January statistics, audio described new release...
04 February 2010 Annual Read Captions day approaching
On 2 March 2010 the Read Captions Across America campaign will have its annual day focussing on using captions as an educational tool.  The campaign...
04 February 2010 Senator pushes for cinema access in Kentucky USA
Kentucky Democrat Senator Ray Jones has introduced a bill which would compel Kentucky cinemas to provide captioned access. According to Jones there...
02 February 2010 Latest figures on audio described DVDs - January 2010
Audiodescribed DVD titles on new release shelves during the month of January 2010 stand at 24% of titles.
01 February 2010 Have your say on news access with AWARe
The Australian Web Access Review (AWARe) has moved in a new direction this month with a focus on the accessibility of news websites. The websites up...

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