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February 2014
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24 February 2014 US regulator introduces new caption quality rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA voted unanimously on 20 February to approve new, comprehensive rules to ensure that closed...
05 February 2014 ACMA makes no finding regarding Foxtel captioning complaint
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made no finding in relation to a complaint made by a member of the public that an...
January 2014
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23 January 2014 ACMA seeks input from the public
Australia’s media regulator, the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA), is seeking members of the public to apply to sit on its Consumer...
22 January 2014 Telstra Pay TV applies for caption exemptions
Telstra Pay TV has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for exemptions to caption requirements for its subscription...
December 2013
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23 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: television caption quality
In June, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its long-awaited caption standard, setting out the criteria it will use...
16 December 2013 Unscrambling caption quality control
In 2014 Media Access Australia will release the world’s first review of how the quality of closed captions and subtitles for the Deaf and hearing...
November 2013
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14 November 2013 New disability statistics show continuing need for access
In 2012, there were 4.2 million Australians with a disability, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics survey results released yesterday. The...
12 November 2013 Audio description on TV – where to now?
Media Access Australia has prepared an analysis of the ABC’s report on the technical delivery of the audio description trial on ABC1 last year....
08 November 2013 Is access to the internet a human right?
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) held a public talk on Thursday which explored the issue of access to the internet and the web as a...
October 2013
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29 October 2013 ABC report on audio description finally released
After being delivered to the then Department of Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy at the end of 2012, the report from the ABC on the...
28 October 2013 Our study into education for blind and vision impaired children
Media Access Australia has today released a landmark study into how the access needs of blind and vision impaired students can be met in Australian...
01 October 2013 How inaccessible websites could affect your vote
In the wake of Australia's Federal election, Dr Scott Hollier looks at how voters with disability were disadvantaged by the websites and systems on...
August 2013
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28 August 2013 New access for a new century: we sit down with Karen Peltz Strauss
At the recent M-Enabling Conference hosted by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network in Sydney, one of the keynote speakers was Karen...
16 August 2013 ACCAN calls for new access legislation
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has called for new legislation to ensure the accessibility of online content and...
15 August 2013 Leading US accessibility advocate speaks at Sydney conference
Karen Peltz Strauss, one of the principle architects of accessibility legislation in the US, spoke today at the M-Enabling Conference about the...
07 August 2013 ACMA rules on captioning breaches by Nine and Seven
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has completed two investigations following complaints about captioning on programs broadcast...
July 2013
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16 July 2013 Greens crowdsource map of physical access barriers
A new app has been developed by the Australian Greens which gathers information on physical accessibility barriers from the public. The app allows...
10 July 2013 Lack of audio description a breach of human rights
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) yesterday lodged 21 disability discrimination complaints against the Federal Government and the ABC for failing to...
01 July 2013 Australia signs treaty to boost access to books
People who are blind or vision impaired will have increased access to books and other print media after an international copyright treaty was signed...
June 2013
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26 June 2013 DisabilityCare: accessibility essential from the very beginning
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme, DisabilityCare, launches, service providers need to be aware of the technology needs of people with...

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