Program 321 of New Horizons

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This week on program 321 of New Horizons, Robyn Gaile speaks with Bob Claffey, Secretary of the Geelong and Districts Branch of Blind Citizens Australia about raising awareness of disability.

The direct link to listen is http://bca.org.au/attachments/nh-0321.m3u and to download is

http://bca.org.au/attachments/New-Horizons-20131118-Ep321.mp3

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program.  It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia.  Broadcast times and stations are at

http://bca.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=54

New Horizons can also be heard over the Internet from the Blind Citizens Australia web site at http://www.bca.org.au,

on ACB Radio World at http://www.acbradio.org and

on the Global Voice at http://theglobalvoice.info.

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne.  Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources.  You can visit Vision Australia on the web at

http://www.visionaustralia.org

Thanks also go to Audio-Read for providing the web space for online storage of the older New Horizons files.  Audio-Read are developers of a secure digital multicast system and patented portable Audio Navigator for the delivery and playback of digital audio content.  You can visit Audio-Read on the web at

http://www.audio-read.com.au

Audio of the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2013

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Hi all,

Audio of the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention 2013 is now available for listening and download.

The listen link is

http://bca.org.au/attachments/Conventions/2013/BCA%20National%20Convention%202013.m3u

The download link is

http://bca.org.au/attachments/Conventions/2013/BCA%20National%20Convention%202013.zip

Thanks,

Barry Chapman

 

Launch of RecruitAbility

RecruitAbility facilitates the progression of applicants with disability to further assessment in Australian Public Service Commission recruitment exercises, such as interview, when they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position. The intent of the scheme is to better support the APS employment of people with disability. It aims to build the confidence and capability of the job applicant pool, while simultaneously improving the ability of selection panel members to assess the merits of applicants with disability.

http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/recruitability-applicants-guide

Accessible DVDs & Blu-Rays released in October

In Media Access Australia’s most recent search we have found that captioning and audio description across both DVD and Blu-Ray remains at their usual levels.

Of the 84 DVD titles searched, 54 per cent were captioned and 33 per cent were audio described. Of the same titles, 63 had a Blu-Ray version and accessibility rated at 67 per pent for captions and 44 per cent for audio description.

A few inconsistences were identified:

  • Distributors Madman, Pinnacle, Jigsaw, Paramount & Umbrella all had titles released internationally with either captions or subtitles that were not released in Region 4, which includes Australia
  • The Blu-Ray of Byzantium from Reel confusingly had “closed caption yes/no” on the cover but without “yes” or “no” being highlighted.
  • Chasing Mavericks from Hopscotch Entertainment had captions on the DVD but not the Blu-Ray edition.
  • Curse of Chucky from Universal Sony listed DVS (Descriptive Video Service, another name for audio description) on its Blu-Ray edition but not on DVD.
  • A Field in England from Madman included captions on Blu-Ray but not DVD.

Recently released DVD titles with audio description and captions

  • Adventures in Zambesia
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Bling Ring
  • The Call
  • Dead In Tombstone
  • Dead Man Down
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Details
  • Emperor
  • Epic
  • Escape from Planet Earth
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • Gatsby
  • GI Joe Retaliation
  • Iceman, The
  • Identity Thief
  • Internship, The
  • Iron Man 3
  • Killing Season
  • Kontiki
  • Mud
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Penthouse North
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • The Purge
  • Song for Marion
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • World War Z

These titles and more can be found in our audio described DVD database.

Find out how to identify a DVD that has access features.

 

 

Vision Extra and Focal Point

This week’s Guest on Vision Extra is Jade Kelly just returned from her Sites Set on China Trek for Vision Australia.

You can hear Jade’s very descriptive recollections of her trip go to
www.rphadelaide.org.au/links/VE.mp3

This week’s Guests on Focal Point are:
Chris Boyle, Winner of Vision Australia’s Client Services Award, made possible by the Client Representative Committee.

Fred Storbeck, Applications Developer from the Royal Society for the Blind Launching the RSB’s new mobile website.

Paul Rogers, CEO of Fox Creek Wines, talking about his Company’s association and sponsoring of the Blind Sporting Council and the up coming Eye to Eye Banquet.

You can hear these interviews, go to
www.rphadelaide.org.au/links/FP.mp3

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