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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Peter Greco 5RPH Radio

Program 320 of New Horizons

This week on program 320 of New Horizons, Robyn Gaile speaks with Colin Watson, President of the Geelong and Districts Branch of Blind Citizens Australia.

We also hear extracts from the Networking in social Situations session at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.

Direct link to listen Program 320

download Program 320

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

New Horizons can also be heard over the Internet from the Blind Citizens Australia website 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 must 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

Barry Chapman
New Horizons

Braille and Tactile Street Signage

The City of Melbourne has installed 80 new tactile street signs to assist residents and visitors who are blind or have vision impairments to move around the CBD safely.

The City of Melbourne consulted Vision Australia, Vic Roads and Health Science Planning Consultants on the project as part of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2017, to create a more inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

Photo Swanston Street Braille and Tactile street sign in the Melbourne.

Braille and Raised Tactile street signs in Melbourne CBD



Features of the signs include:

high contrast colours to assist people with low vision
braille labels indicating street names
accessible height (plates attached to signposts at eye-level)

The new signs are located at 10 major CBD intersections.

An opportunity for vision impaired / blind adventurers

Vision impaired / blind adventurers are invited to join Ranquilco for the trip of a lifetime. If youʼre seeking a world beyond the familiar, this is for you!

In March of 2014, T.A. Carrithers will lead three blind riders for a 10-day pack trip into the heart of the Andean Cordillera, Argentina. The trip will include: a 3-night stay at Estancia Ranquilcoʼs lodge where the riders, guides and horses will prepare for the journey ahead; 10 days of trail riding and wilderness camping; an additional 2-night, post-trail recovery stage at the Estancia lodge. Horses, pack-mules, food + gear will be supplied, and each blind / visually impaired guest will have his/her personal guide. Pack trip and travel costs to/from Argentina are covered.

This epic, horse-powered trek will become the subject of a movie, called Blind Spot. A vision quest documentary, Blind Spot defies the conventional views on blindness to chronicle an inspirational journey of self-discovery, in search of what we see, what we canʼt see, and what we overlook.

See more at http://ranquilco.com/index.php/trips/blind-spot/

Selection criteria for the visually-impaired / blind riders:
– The invitation is open to blind / visually-impaired women + men (must be over 18)
– Prior horseback riding or camping experience is not necessary
– Average fitness level and tolerance for unpredictable weather is preferred
– Must be available to travel to Argentina for 3 – 4 weeks in March of 2014

Share your story with us:
– Please write a brief message (+/- 150 words), or send us a video or audio recording (+/- 1 minute) that expresses your passion for joining this adventure. Weʼd love to learn what you hope to discover on the trail, what you want to bring home, and what you might leave behind…
– Deadline for entries: December 1, 2013.

For more information, or to submit your story, please contact us:
tac.ranquilco@gmail.com
info@blindspotfilm.com
For more information about the film, please go to: blindspotfilm.com