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April 2012
Date Published News headline and description
13 April 2012 Blog empowers blind and vision impaired young people
A UK organisation has launched a blog catering to the interests of young people living with blindness or vision impairment. With a focus on...
11 April 2012 New app increases access to theatre for the hearing impaired
A new service from Adelaide-based The Captioning Studio allows patrons to access theatre captions on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in selected...
10 April 2012 Illinois cinema chain ordered to become accessible
One of the USA’s largest cinema companies, AMC Theaters, has reached a settlement with the Attorney General of Illinois which will see closed...
05 April 2012 New project helps seniors with disabilities access the web
Media Access Australia (MAA) has received funding to develop training resources to support the Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA) in...
04 April 2012 Accessible cinema comes to Bendigo
Village Cinemas Bendigo will this week commence audio described and closed captioned movies at its 7-screen complex. This will see access to movies...
03 April 2012 Cinema to make significant progress in 2012
Australia’s four major cinema chains, Hoyts, Event, Village and Reading, have announced their plan for the rollout of accessible cinema locations to...
02 April 2012 Facebook Timeline: overcoming accessibility barriers
Over the past month Facebook has been rolling out its new Timeline feature, drastically changing how it presents information on personal profiles and...
March 2012
Date Published News headline and description
29 March 2012 Audio described DVDs released in March
Our latest research into new release rental DVD accessibility shows that of the 96 titles researched during March 2012, 29% feature audio description...
29 March 2012 Aussies amongst the winners of the 2012 Access Awards
NV Access, the Australian organisation behind the screen reader NVDA, is among a list of winners of the 2012 Access Awards. Presented by the American...
28 March 2012 UK TV exceeded access quotas throughout 2011
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has just released its final report on television access services in 2011. As in previous reports, it found that...
26 March 2012 A screen reader for everyone: why the world needs NVDA
In 2006, two Australian friends were frustrated with the expensive screen readers on the market. They decided to do something about it and created...
26 March 2012 Web accessibility built in a day
The winners of the 14th annual Accessibility Internet Rally that was held in February have been awarded for their effort in helping non-profit...
23 March 2012 A new way to talk to Grandma
Closed Capp is an Android app that aims to enable better communication with someone who is Deaf or hearing impaired. A person dictates a message and...
22 March 2012 Medicare in your living room: Human Services brought closer with the NBN
The Federal Government has this week announced a pilot of a new videoconferencing system which will give access to services such as Medicare and...
20 March 2012 Opportunity lost with Nokia Maps audio direction
The new audio direction available on the mobile version of Nokia Maps has potential for people who are blind or vision impaired, but an inaccessible...
16 March 2012 Government confirms national audio description trial for August
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has confirmed that the trial of audio description on the ABC will take place in...
14 March 2012 TED launches education YouTube channel
From humble beginnings back in 1984, TED has become a global sensation, offering talks on almost any subject to inform and inspire. To the delight of...
13 March 2012 Guides bridge the social media divide
Today we’ve launched our guide to social media for people with a disability. The SociABILITY report is designed to help ensure that the one in five...
08 March 2012 iPad 3 & Apple TV: mostly tech update with small accessibility impact
The world is buzzing with news of a new iPad and Apple TV. Although many of the improvements are focused on making these devices faster and more...
07 March 2012 New live television captioning system developed in UK
A UK access company, Red Bee Media, has developed a new live captioning system, Subito, which uses speech recognition technology to align pre-...

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