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August 2011
Date Published News headline and description
10 August 2011 Voice-to-text feature very likely in iOS 5
New information has lent credence to the rumours that Apple and software developers Nuance are partnering to provide voice-to-text in the upcoming...
09 August 2011 Latest DVD releases with access features
Access to new release DVD titles during the month of July 2011 stands at 30% for audio description and 53% for captioning. A total of 87 titles were...
09 August 2011 Nokia unveils plans to include voice-to-text feature
Nokia has recently announced plans to include a voice-to-text feature on its new Windows Phones, a feature that could have a positive impact on...
08 August 2011 UK: Audio description now mandatory on Freeview TV receivers
All new HD digital set top boxes and integrated digital TVs sold in the UK will now have to receive audio description to qualify for approval by...
05 August 2011 New Captioning Studio and Echo360 partnership brings captions to university students
The Captioning Studio in partnership with Echo360 has launched a lecture recording system aimed at benefiting university students with hearing loss...
04 August 2011 Audio description at Melbourne Festival – all requests considered
The annual Melbourne Festival has opened its entire program to the blind and vision impaired by inviting patrons to request audio description for the...
04 August 2011 Outrage at decision in JetBlue accessibility case
In a decision that has sent disbelief  and anger through the disability community, a United States federal judge has ruled that California anti-...
03 August 2011 Ofcom reveals UK television’s spotless access record
The UK's media and communications regulator, Ofcom, has not reported a breach of access requirements on UK television in over 15 months.
02 August 2011 Hoyts announce five new accessible movie locations
Hoyts has notified the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group that it is on target for the rollout of new captioned and audio described screens from this...
02 August 2011 US universities lead the way on classroom captions
Support for closed captions is sweeping US universities and colleges as educators catch on to the benefits of accessible tools for all students....
02 August 2011 International accessible art professionals to give free lectures in Adelaide
This August, Adelaide will play host to the British audio describer, Willie Elliot, and artistic director, Daryl Beeton for a free program on...
01 August 2011 UK project to help bring music to cochlear users
Cochlear implants help those with severe to profound hearing loss perceive speech but the technology has difficulties communicating the complexities...
July 2011
Date Published News headline and description
29 July 2011 Ofcom proposes expanded UK telephone relay service
Ofcom, the UK’s media and communications regulator, has released a Review of Relay Services, proposing a number of expansions to the current...
29 July 2011 Shadow Minister for Disability shows support for captions in schools
Shadow Minister for Disability, Carers and the Volunteer Sector, Senator Mitch Fifield showed his support for captions in education this week in a...
28 July 2011 ANZ goMoney supports blind and vision impaired customers
ANZ banking customers can now access the ANZ goMoney app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using VoiceOver, Apple’s inbuilt screen reader...
28 July 2011 W3C updates accessibility guidelines
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global regulatory body for the web, has recently updated a number of their working draft standards. A series...
27 July 2011 Commentary: Getty-Google partnership misses the mark on accessibility
The Getty Museum recently announced that it would be the first museum to collaborate with Google, and using Google’s image recognition application...
26 July 2011 UK Festival Awards puts more focus on festival accessibility
The UK Festival Awards is the annual awards for the contemporary music festival industry and the benchmark by which festival goers rate their...
25 July 2011 First free practical guide to NVDA screen reader released
Media Access Australia has released the first free training resource for the NVDA screen reader: a ‘wikispace’ that provides a step-by-step guide to...
22 July 2011 Access to telecommunications review launched
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched an inquiry into access to telecommunications services which include...

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