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March 2012
Date Published News headline and description
07 March 2012 5 good news stories from CSUN 2012
Dr Scott Hollier, Project Manager at Media Access Australia, has recently returned from the CSUN 27th Annual international Technology & Persons...
06 March 2012 First university backed web accessibility course for professionals launched
We have today launched Australia’s first university-backed web accessibility course, offering industry professionals the practical skills needed to...
05 March 2012 NT and NSW governments formally adopt WCAG 2.0
The New South Wales and Northern Territory governments have joined other states and territories by publicly endorsing the latest international web...
05 March 2012 Audio description introduced in four Melbourne cinemas
Village Cinemas has commenced audio description in four of its suburban Melbourne complexes, greatly increasing the number of accessible cinemas for...
February 2012
Date Published News headline and description
29 February 2012 New Zealanders demand closed captioning for Deaf MP
Over 5,000 New Zealanders have signed a petition calling for closed captioning to be provided for the country’s first Deaf MP, Mojo Mathers, during...
27 February 2012 Campaigns promote captions in schools in 2012
As the use of audiovisual resources in mainstream classrooms increases, so does the need for captions to be used as a learning tool for all students...
22 February 2012 Television revealed for blind and vision impaired Australians
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has just announced that Australia’s first audio description trial will be...
21 February 2012 Braille keyboard for iPhone developed
Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed BrailleTouch, a prototype iPhone app that allows people who are blind or vision impaired to send text...
20 February 2012 Windows 8 to come with enhanced accessibility
Microsoft has announced a number of significant accessibility improvements to its upcoming Windows 8 operating system. This is further reassurance...
20 February 2012 Social media research to be presented at global conference
Dr Scott Hollier, Project Manager for Media Access Australia (MAA), will present his paper Social Media: a practical approach at the CSUN 27th Annual...
17 February 2012 Accessibility Internet Rally a wrap, now on to the awards
The Accessibility Internet Rally held in Austin over the weekend brought 21 professional web developers together with five not-for-profit...
17 February 2012 Morocco’s film festival supports audio described movies
For the second year running the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) has showcased audio described movies for its blind and vision impaired...
16 February 2012 Proposed new Irish access rules provoke fierce criticism
Controversy has erupted in Ireland over proposed changes to television access regulation. In December 2011, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (...
13 February 2012 Disability Discrimination Commissioner endorses the National Broadband Network
The Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has signed on as a champion of the National Broadband Network (NBN). Through the...
10 February 2012 CNN sued for not captioning its online videos
A judge in California has refused to dismiss a suit by the Greater Los Angeles Agency for Deafness (GLAD) against CNN for not captioning news clips...
07 February 2012 New iPhone app could rival telephone relay services
A yet-to-be-released iPhone app called Deaftel will let people who are Deaf, hearing or speech impaired make phone calls to hearing people without a...
06 February 2012 UK discount airline faces legal action over inaccessible website
The UK discount airline BMI Baby faces a legal case for its inaccessible website. The complaint was made this week by the Royal National Institute of...
03 February 2012 Latest accessible DVD releases – January 2012
Every two months, Media Access Australia conducts an audit of new release DVDs. Of the 73 DVD titles researched during January 2012, 34% feature...
03 February 2012 SKY New Zealand launches captions
On 1 February, New Zealand’s main subscription TV provider, SKY Television, introduced closed captioning on 13 of its channels: Animal Planet, Disney...
02 February 2012 Online video service brings treatment to children with disabilities
A new initiative will mean that more children with hearing or vision impairment living in regional and remote Australia will be able to talk to a...

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