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March 2011
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04 March 2011 UK project Fix the Web hits 500 mark for website access reports
The ‘Fix the Web’ initiative led by Citizens Online in the UK has hit the 500 mark for number of websites reported for accessibility issues, after...
02 March 2011 Government announces the Terms of Reference for the Convergence Review
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) today released the Terms of Reference for the Convergence Review. The...
01 March 2011 Free and low-cost screen reader use increases according to survey
WebAIM has released the results from its third screen reader user survey conducted in December 2010.
01 March 2011 New Zealand audio description trial begins today
The trial of audio description on New Zealand television begins today with an episode of the long-running British soap Coronation Street.
01 March 2011 Media Access Australia welcomes user testing for new website
Within the next couple of weeks we will officially launch our new website, showcasing the latest web technologies and meeting best practice...
February 2011
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23 February 2011 US cinema chain expands captioning following litigation
The Regal cinema chain, the largest in the US, has pledged to provide closed captions as it converts its cinemas to digital, beginning with cinemas...
22 February 2011 Government review of disability standards in education
Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, has released a discussion paper which encourages people to contribute to the Review into Disability...
21 February 2011 NZ audio description trial to start in March
A trial of audio description on New Zealand television will commence on 1 March with audio described episodes of Coronation Street.
18 February 2011 Policy on trials of 3DTV and emerging TV technologies announced
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its response to the discussion paper, ‘Temporary trials of 3DTV and other...
16 February 2011 American Foundation for the Blind announces 2011 Access Award winners
Walt Disney, Accessible Twitter, Lexmark and CBS TV network were yesterday named the winners of the American Foundation for the Blind’s 2011 Access...
16 February 2011 Installing Android apps for accessibility is now easier
You can now download new text-to-speech voices and carrier specific Accessibility Application Installers from the Android app store, making it easier...
16 February 2011 US communications regulator proposes new access rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting on 3 March to consider Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) on two proposals...
15 February 2011 New captioned cinema location in Melbourne
Hoyts at Forest Hill in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs will be the next major cinema to offer closed captioned sessions as part of the Cinema Access...
14 February 2011 Hopelessly devoted to captioning and audio description
Looking for last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy our top 5 suggestions for an accessible and romantic evening.
11 February 2011 Accessible cinema rollout - the first six weeks
It's been six weeks since the Cinema Access Implementation Plan began to roll out in major Australian cinema chain locations. Media Access Australia...
10 February 2011 US video highlights learning benefits of captions
Aberdeen Captioning has released a short video about the learning benefits of captioning on TV.
03 February 2011 US Super Bowl to be fully captioned for first time
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the National Football League (NFL) and the FOX Broadcasting Company yesterday announced that this year’s...
January 2011
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31 January 2011 Name change for Australian DVD distributors’ association
From 1 February 2011, the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA), representative of the Australian film and TV home...
20 January 2011 Canadian disability service providers appalled at government appeal
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) have come out with strong statements...
19 January 2011 Google Chrome OS to have inbuilt screen reader
According to Google support, the next version of Google Chrome Operating System (OS), an operating system targeted at netbooks, will have an inbuilt...