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Access key topic in Senate Estimates hearings

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Captioning and audio description (AD) were hot topics in the Senate Estimates hearings yesterday in Canberra. Both SBS and ACMA were quizzed about their approach to captioning and AD by Opposition Minister for Disabilities, Senator Mitch Fifield.

Senator Fifield asked SBS about its approach to DVD captioning and suggested that “when SBS releases DVDs of its television programs which have broadcast with captions, more often than not the DVD releases come without captions”. Managing Director Shaun Brown replied, “We are endeavouring to maximise the number of DVDs that carry captions…We are working to ensure that we can lift the volume of closed captioning.”

According to Media Access Australia’s research, approximately 20% of SBS’s captioned television programs end up with captions on the DVD release as well.


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UNESCO publishes report on mainstreaming ICT for people with disabilities

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The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has published a report on its ‘Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Persons with Disabilities to Access Information and Knowledge’.

The UNESCO meeting was conducted to assist UN Member Nations to promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).  The meeting was attended by representatives of the disabled community, IT&T industry, research and educational institutions, non-governmental organisations working in the subject area and other United Nations organisations.  


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President Obama to sign landmark access legislation today

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President Obama signs landmark access legislation

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The act, a draft of which was first introduced by Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts in 2008, was passed by the House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority on 29 September.

Among the act’s provisions are the following requirements:


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