Monday, March 29, 2010

iView gets Captions

It's been a long time coming but ABC-TV has announced that all prime-time programs will be captioned from 30 March 2010 (as reported in the Guide, Sydney Morning Herald 29 March 2010)

This is something I have written letters, sent email, basically made myself annoying for. I'll check it out and report back...

Good one ABC!

- iP

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Why risk upper respiratory tract infection?
I have heard that the 2010 Flu vaccine is now available and I expect it will include the swine flu component too.

Especially important for elderly and the infirm. And those susceptible to ear infections.

Fact sheet available here

More details as they come to hand.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Seniors Week 21 - 28 March

The program for the week's events is located on the webpage [link]

Check the entire site at this address

The Ambassadors this year has a long list of interesting personalities too! Have a look

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CICADA dates on the Calendar

CICADA dates
Future picnics in 2010
13 June, 15 August, 4 October
Committee meetings in 2010
31 March, 11 June, 13 August, 24 October

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ensemble theatre access

The Ensemble theatre offers a hearing loop covering 90% of the audience and Audio description.
The York theatre at the Seymour Centre provides hearing-impaired access via the Sennheiser Sound Aid system
Contact the Box Office when you make your booking, let them know your requirements.
Main site
Program - you can see which performances provide audio-description

Access links
Ensemble Theatre
York Theatre, Seymour Centre

Have you visited either of these venues? Comment below about the facilities.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2010 French Film Festival

Tired of not getting movies with English captions?
How about trying movies with a french flavour - they are always captioned in English.

The French Film Festival runs from 2 to 21 March so get in quick.
In Sydney, sessions at Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt and Academy Twin and Palace Verona, Paddington

for the full program and ticket details.

Get there a little early...
Don't forget to mention that you are hearing-impaired [if you are] and ask where to sit for the best audio loop reception.

Palace Norton Street

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Academy Twin and Verona Paddington

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Website Accessibility Review March 2010

Got something to say about news websites?
In March 2010 you can review the news sites of 

The Australian
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Age

AWARe website

So come on have your say, nothing changes by itself in media.

It's an easy online questionnaire, 2 mins from start to finish. You'll need to register first.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More theatrical caption sessions

Here's a list of captioned theatre sessions in NSW
This one is GoTheatrical [link] and includes several sessions in Sydney, Canberra, Illawarra and interstate

There's a newsletter you can subscribe to as well on the home page.
They're also on Facebook. Check them out!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Access Action on Wet Saturday

On Saturday 13 February a group of about fifty from all walks of life gathered to protest the lack of accessible cinema sessions in Australia.
We gathered at the cinema complex in George St 'Events', formerly Hoyts.
Our protest was joined in other cities across the country. There were similar protests in Melbourne Brisbane and Adelaide.

Here are some pics from the Sydney group [clicking the image will take you to the album to see larger versions]

And here's the ABCTV news item from YouTube