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Irish cinemas show accessible movies

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Ireland’s largest cinema chain, the family-owned Omniplex, which owns 22 cinemas across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, will start screening open-captioned movies on Monday evenings. The chain is also running captioned and autism-friendly screenings on weekend mornings.

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Real-time captioning glasses premiere at French arts festival

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Augmented reality (AR) glasses which project real-time, customisable captions and surtitles for viewers have debuted at the Avignon Festival in France, highlighting international growth potential for real-time captioning technology in accessible arts and live performances.

Augmented reality (AR) captioning glasses. Image credit: Theatre in Paris

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Developer discusses the creation of handheld audio description device

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In a recent interview, Bryan Gould, Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies Director at the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) in the USA, talked about the development of the Durateq, a handheld audio description device which is now in use in Disney theme parks.

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Accessible Live Events call for papers

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The University of Antwerp is hosting a special international symposium on Accessible Live Events on 29 April 2016 and is seeking proposals for papers and presentations.

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Egypt audio describes its first feature film

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On 11 June 2015, the 1963 epic drama Al Nasser Saladin became the first Egyptian feature film to be screened with audio description for blind and vision impaired people.

Poster of the film Al Nasser Saladin


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Accessible trailers help you decide

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Many movies are available with captions and/or audio description at cinemas, on DVD and some video-on-demand (VOD) services. But how do you decide whether the movie is the right one for you? Websites that feature accessible movie trailers are a good starting point.

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Hawaii makes cinema access compulsory

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The US state of Hawaii has brought in state legislation to mandate the provision of captions and audio description (described as “descriptive narration” in the Bill) in all cinemas where the cinema operator has more than two locations (that is three or more separate cinemas or cinema complexes).

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Swedish app massively expands audio described cinema

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A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000 each year.

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According to the project manager, Lisa Wacklin, audio description was previously delivered live in the cinema and the app has allowed the huge increase by automating the process.


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Canadian cinemas commence autism-friendly movie sessions

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One of Canada’s largest entertainment companies, Cineplex Entertainment, has announced the introduction of a movie screening program for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Interior shot of a large, empty movie theatre. Image credit: m4tik via Flickr


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Get in on the act of describing art for everyone

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Museum Victoria is seeking public contributions to help add value to its online collection of artifacts. In adding alternative texts to over 45,000 images via crowd-sourcing, the organisation is also inching towards meeting website compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA.

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