[dbaust] Fw: Latest news from Media Access Australia

  • From: Erika Webb <erikaweb@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Erika Webb <erikaweb@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 19:05:14 -0700 (PDT)

--- On Tue, 3/4/12, Media Access Australia <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Media Access Australia <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Latest news for erikaweb@xxxxxxxxxxxx from Media Access Australia
Received: Tuesday, 3 April, 2012, 5:03 PM
The latest access news from Media Access Australia
- UK TV exceeded access quotas throughout 2011 The UK communications regulator 
Ofcom has just released its final report on television access services in 2011. 
As in previous reports, it found that the majority of broadcasters exceeded 
their quotas for captioning, audio description and signing.
 Read more of UK TV exceeded access quotas throughout 

- Aussies amongst the winners of the 2012 Access Awards  NV Access, the 
Australian organisation behind the screen reader NVDA, is among a list of 
winners of the 2012 Access Awards. Presented by the American Foundation for the 
Blind, the awards are given to people and organisations in recognition of their 
work in improving quality of life for people who are blind or vision impaired. 
Joining NV Access on the list of winners is Major League Baseball, Leader Dogs 
for the Blind and adapted physical education researcher Lauren Lieberman.
 Read more of Aussies amongst the winners of the 2012 Access 

- Audio described DVDs released in March Our latest research into new release 
rental DVD accessibility shows that of the 96 titles researched during March 
2012, 29% feature audio description and 66% feature captioning.
 Read more of Audio described DVDs released in 

- Facebook Timeline: overcoming accessibility barriers Over the past month 
Facebook has been rolling out its new Timeline feature, drastically changing 
how it presents information on personal profiles and brand pages. Our own tests 
and feedback from assistive technology users has indicated that this feature is 
a backward step for Facebook’s accessibility. Here we guide users through 
navigation of the Timeline’s basic functions.
 Read more of Facebook Timeline: overcoming accessibility 

- Cinema to make significant progress in 2012 Australia’s four major cinema 
chains, Hoyts, Event, Village and Reading, have announced their plan for the 
rollout of accessible cinema locations to June 2012. This rollout will see the 
installation of audio description in a number locations which currently only 
have captions.
 Read more of Cinema to make significant progress in 

- TVs that talk – a first for the blind and vision impaired Panasonic has 
announced that it will release 50 television models into the UK and Irish 
markets during the fast half of this year with a new talking feature, ‘voice 
guidance’, which will make them accessible for blind and vision impaired users.
 Read more of TVs that talk – a first for the blind and vision 

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