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May 2012
Date Published News headline and description
21 May 2012 Behind the scenes: audio description at the theatre
For something different, Media Access Australia’s Eliza Cussen takes readers behind the scenes at one of Sydney’s most beloved theatres to reveal how...
18 May 2012 Cinemas across Australia add captions and audio description
Accessible cinema in Australia has received a boost to the number of sessions available to people with hearing or vision impairments with both the...
17 May 2012 Google maps app takes accessibility indoors
Update: Google made its Indoor Maps feature available in Australia on 13 March 2013. Indoor maps can be viewed once a user zooms in on a building....
16 May 2012 Outcry as Irish TV reduces captioning
TV Access, a coalition of organisations in the disability and ageing sector, has strongly condemned new Access Rules released by the Broadcasting...
15 May 2012 Accessible Cinema Advisory Group’s latest communique
The Accessible Cinema Advisory Group (ACAG) is a body convened by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to...
10 May 2012 Free screen reader released for BlackBerry smartphones
The company behind the popular smartphone BlackBerry, Research in Motion, has released its first screen reader application for the BlackBerry...
10 May 2012 Exhibition celebrates the art of audio description
An art gallery in Poland has shown an exhibition featuring only audio description of artworks. The exhibition is intended to reveal how visual art is...
09 May 2012 9 May marks the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day
What started as a simple blog post calling for developers to raise awareness about the importance of creating accessible websites for people with a...
08 May 2012 More captioning on pay TV
An agreement reached between the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA)...
03 May 2012 Closed caption movies not an option on Google Play
Google’s new multimedia content platform, Google Play, has failed to include closed caption facilities on its movie rental service, which was...
02 May 2012 Government releases draft changes to caption legislation
Yesterday the Federal Government released a draft bill to amend the Broadcasting Services Act to include caption quotas and caption quality...
02 May 2012 Registrations open for leading arts and disability conference
The annual Leadership Exchange in the Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference has been announced for 21 – 24 August in Boston, USA, bringing together...
01 May 2012 Disability ignored in Government’s Convergence Review
The Government yesterday released the long awaited Convergence Review, disappointing many by neglecting to address access problems for people with...
April 2012
Date Published News headline and description
30 April 2012 Sony’s caption glasses reach first US cinema
Sony has officially launched its much anticipated cinema access technology which displays captions on a pair of glasses, replicating the look of open...
26 April 2012 New talking set top box on sale in Australia
Hills Antenna and TV Systems has released a new digital set top box which features talking menus and program guides, making them accessible for the...
24 April 2012 App review: Remember the Milk
Our digital technology and online media team have tested the usability of various task management apps for blind and vision impaired users. Due to...
20 April 2012 Joy of theatre brought to Deaf kids
A new program will see targeted children’s performances captioned so that more kids who are Deaf or hearing impaired can develop a love of theatre.
20 April 2012 Accessibility lost in the mobile app race
Managers in information and communications technology need to combat the ‘gold rush mentality’ that has caused mobile app developers to release...
18 April 2012 Audio description at the MCA
The newly expanded Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney has greatly enhanced its services for blind and vision impaired art enthusiasts with a...
17 April 2012 Government to provide free accessible set-top boxes
Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has announced that talking set-top boxes will be distributed...

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