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April 2011
Date Published News headline and description
08 April 2011 FCC to ensure deaf-blind Americans have access to 21st century communications technology
The US media and communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has announced that it will spend US$10 million per year to...
08 April 2011 Communications Minister launches NBN consumer guide
Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy, today launched the release of a comprehensive consumer’s...
05 April 2011 iPhone app ZoomReader provides cost effective alternative to more expensive devices
The new iPhone app ZoomReader enables people who are blind or vision impaired to use their iPhone to convert images taken with their iPhone into text...
01 April 2011 Apple picks up three awards at the 2010 Blind Bargain Access Awards
Apple has received three awards from the fourth Annual Blind Bargains Access Awards, where both organisations and individuals have been recognised...
March 2011
Date Published News headline and description
31 March 2011 Latest Google Chrome (Beta) has voice-to-text capabilities
Google has announced that the latest version of Google Chrome (Beta) now has voice-to-text capabilities, a feature that will ultimately enable users...
31 March 2011 W3C talks accessibility in report on web and television convergence
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) held its Second Web and TV Workshop in February, where key priorities about web and TV convergence were discussed.
31 March 2011 Captioned video files now supported in PowerPoint
Two new Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility Add-ins have been released, one to add closed captions to video and audio files included in a PowerPoint...
30 March 2011 Senate backs classroom captioning
The Senate this week came out in support of funding for new technologies that will benefit students who are Deaf and hearing impaired as well as...
29 March 2011 Deaf entrepreneur wins American leadership award
Catharine McNally, a co-founder of Keen Guides, has been awarded one of two Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards for 2011 by the American Association of...
28 March 2011 US court rules that football games must be fully captioned
American football team the Washington Redskins are now required to caption all game content broadcast over public address systems, including song...
25 March 2011 Firefox 4 released with improved accessibility
Mozilla has released a significant upgrade to its web browser with Firefox 4.
25 March 2011 Apple iPad 2 launches in Australia today
The Apple iPad 2 will be launched in Australia at 5pm AEDT this afternoon.
24 March 2011 Independent auditor to oversee Nine Network’s captioning
The Nine Network has appointed an independent auditor to oversee captioning on its stations TCN and NBN. This follows two instances where the...
22 March 2011 Media Access Australia debunks myth of ‘boring’ accessible websites with new site
We have officially launched our new accessible website, showcasing the latest web technologies and innovative design and meeting the Web Content...
21 March 2011 Welcome to our new website
We have now launched our new website merging our previous sites, mediaaccess.org.au and audiodescription.com.au. 
17 March 2011 US research project aims to improve captions on mobile devices
American access organisation National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) has begun a major research project to address access issues relating to...
16 March 2011 Internet Explorer 9 released with accessibility bug
Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft’s newest version of its web browser, was released with an accessibility bug that may prevent people with a vision...
14 March 2011 New cinema caption eyewear being trialled in the USA
Equipment manufacturers in the USA are developing a new caption viewing system to compete in the developing market for closed captions.
11 March 2011 Sneak peak of Orion Smartbook at technology and disabilities conference
Assistive technology producer LevelStar has released the details of its Orion SmartBook Braille notetaker that uses Google Android as its operating...
11 March 2011 iVote to enable blind and vision impaired people to cast secret vote online
The NSW Electoral Commission will use an online and telephone system in the upcoming state election called iVote for people who are blind or vision...

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