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ACCAN gets the answers on disabled communications policies

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) asked the major political parties for information on their policies regarding communications issues. So far only Labor and the Greens have responded.

Senator Conroy points to Labor’s National Disability Strategy, the Media Access Review (which it claims to have initiated, but was actually started by the Howard Government just before the 2007 Federal Election) and the NBN for delivering services for the disabled. Senator Conroy also pointed to the recently announced cinema access agreement with the major cinema chains.


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Don't miss Sydney's Audio Description Roadshow

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Have you registered to attend an information session about audio description yet? If vision impairment or blindness makes your experience with TV, DVDs or cinema a frustrating one, register now for a free information session about audio description on 21 August in Burwood and find out how this service can benefit you.

Have you registered to attend an information session about audio description yet? If vision impairment or blindness makes your experience with TV, DVDs or cinema a frustrating one, register now for a free information session about audio description on 21 August in Burwood and find out how this service can benefit you.


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US Senate passes comprehensive accessibility bill

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The US Senate yesterday passed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 by unanimous consent. The bill, described by the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) as “a monumental step forward in accessible technology”, will have many implications for access in the US.

Among its provisions are the following requirements:


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US House of Representatives passes accessible communications bill

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The US House of Representatives yesterday passed House Resolution 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009, a bill which will update US accessibility regulation for the digital age.

On the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990, the House passed the bill with an overwhelming majority, 348 for to 23 against.  The bill was presided over by Rep Jim Langevin, the first quadriplegic elected to the House, after the rostrum was made wheelchair accessible.  A similar bill has recently passed the Senate’s Commerce Committee, meaning that the bills are close to becoming law.

Among the provisions of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 are:


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