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September 2017
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14 September 2017 More retailers under the hammer for inaccessible websites
A new wave of lawsuits has begun in the USA with Kmart, McDonald’s, Sears, Ace Hardware, and GrubHub among the latest to be sued by blind and vision-...
August 2017
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09 August 2017 Push for mandatory captioning in New Zealand
Change is being urged in New Zealand when it comes to TV and film captioning for Deaf and hearing impaired people. The reality behind this call to...
January 2017
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18 January 2017 Website inaccessibility court cases on the rise
In March 2016 ‘Colorado Bags n’ Baggage’ became the first retailer in the US to lose a litigation case because their website was inaccessible. Today...
13 January 2017 Section 508 gets ICT upgrade to match WCAG Level A & AA standards
In a move welcomed by disability groups and advocates, the U.S. Access Board has updated their accessibility requirements for Information and...
November 2016
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03 November 2016 Calls for a Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities in the US
The National Council on Disability (NCD) in the United States has made a call to establish a ‘Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities...
August 2016
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19 August 2016 New Zealand gives go-ahead for data-driven disability plan
The New Zealand government is committed to developing a Disability Plan in order to ensure that government agencies have the necessary digitally-...
July 2016
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28 July 2016 ADHD students gain more Civil Rights protection in the US
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued guidance that clarifies the obligation of schools in the United...
07 July 2016 Governments are toughening up on public sector web accessibility
State and Federal Governments around the globe are toughening up on public sector web accessibility. The latest case is the Alaskan Juneau School...
05 July 2016 UK charity puts pressure on government to enforce web accessibility
Robin Christopherson, head of digital inclusion at Abilitynet, a UK disabilities charity, has written an open letter to the British Parliament, to...
May 2016
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25 May 2016 More than 2,300 people have signed to legislate closed captioning in NZ
On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 19 May 2016, the New Zealand Captioning Working Group submitted a petition to Mojo Mathers, Green MP, with...
11 May 2016 Public Sector web and mobile app accessibility to become law in Europe
Last week, three years since its proposal, it was agreed that public sector web accessibility will now become a legal requirement in Europe; an...
April 2016
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15 April 2016 U.K. Government fails to act on video-on-demand accessibility
The organisation Action on Hearing Loss has expressed disappointment at the U.K. Government’s failure to set targets or introduce legislation for the...
11 April 2016 TV in UK exceeds captioning and audio description quotas
Television channels in the UK continue to deliver access at much higher levels than the regulated quotas. All channels are covered by the access...
March 2016
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15 March 2016 Accessible media preview from CSUN
The annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (commonly known as CSUN) starts on 21 March in San Diego, California....
February 2016
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25 February 2016 U.S. clarifies TV captioning responsibilities
In a new ruling, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has moved to improve captions by clarifying who bears the responsibility for their...
11 February 2016 Class action launched in the US demanding captioned lyrics
Nine deaf advocates and individuals have launched a class action against a number of Hollywood Studios, including Disney, Sony, Netflix, Paramount...
03 February 2016 Gogo agrees to in-flight captions
In-flight entertainment provider Gogo Vision has struck an agreement with the US National Association of the Deaf to provide access via closed...
January 2016
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22 January 2016 Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility promotional video out now
A new video produced by Media Access Australia has been created to promote the upcoming Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA). It’s...
December 2015
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04 December 2015 European Commission proposes making products and services more accessible
The European Commission has proposed a European Accessibility Act which will set accessibility requirements for key products across the European...
04 December 2015 U.S. broadcasts live TV audio description for the first time
U.S. cable provider Comcast, in partnership with NBC and Descriptive Video Works (DVW), will mark the International Day of People with Disability (3...

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