These are the latest news from the area of media accessibility around the world.

News Localization and accessibility services at a very large scale

RuFilms™ and Maraphon dubbing and post-production studio announce their strategic partnership initiative
On December 7, 2018, RuFilms™ as the leader of the audiovisual translation, accessibility and localization market officially announced that Maraphon dubbing studio (Moscow) becomes a member of RuFilms group of companies on the parity basis. This statement means that the movie, TV and OTT industries witness the emergence of an alliance capable of providing the full range of large-volume audiovisual localization and accessibility services under tightest deadlines.

Submitted by Ivan Borshchevsky on Mon, 10/12/2018 - 04:28

News Live audio description during the Paradelphian Games in Russia

The Second International Paradelphian Games of creative competitions for people with disabilities were held Izhevsk (Udmurtia, Russia) in November. They gathered more than 1500 participants from 20 countries who demonstrated their skills in several competitions including circus, theatre, music, choreography, and sign language singing.

Submitted by Ivan Borshchevsky on Sun, 02/12/2018 - 09:58

News A web-based Russian-language AD project unites volunteer describers

Margarita Melnikova, a blind linguist and translator, created a web-based project "Describe It to Me" (http://xn----jtbhavgci6f.xn--p1ai/). Its purpose is to give the blind and visually impaired people an opportunity to understand what a certain object, image, or event look like. They can contact the project staff and send them an image (i.e. something found in the internet), video, etc., and volunteers will describe it. Besides, volunteers also send their description of interesting images or videos they have found themselves.

Submitted by Ivan Borshchevsky on Sat, 10/11/2018 - 09:14

News Languages and the Media conference. Second day

The second and last day of the Languages and the Media Conference will bring us a series of parallel sessions on many topics such as: platforms, training, immersive environments, dubbing, live subtitling, working practices, automation, etc.  More information on the online programme

Submitted by Anna Matamala on Fri, 05/10/2018 - 10:52

News Languages and the Media pre-conference workshops on 03/10

The following pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday at Languages and the Media conference in Berlin.

Workshop 1. Designing a Course on Media Accessibility, by Gert Vercauteren and Nina Reviers.

Workshop 2. Accessible filmmaking in practice, by Pablo Romero-Fresco.

Workshop 3. Subtitling in immersive formats, by Pilar Orero, Francesc Mas, Sonali Rai, Chris Hughes and Enric Torres.

Workshop 4. Interlingual respeaking, by Elena Davitti, Annalisa Sandrelli and Pablo Romero-Fresco.

Submitted by Anna Matamala on Tue, 02/10/2018 - 17:45

News Languages and the Media programme online

'The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Reshaping Languages in the Media' is the topic of the 18th Languages and the Media conference, which will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin from 3rd – 5th October 2018. Languages and the Media will examine in detail the various developments, innovations and changes that are setting the framework for the future of the audiovisual media industry and the role of languages in it.

Submitted by Anna Matamala on Tue, 02/10/2018 - 07:35

News MAP as media partner of 12th Languages and The Media conference

With the ratification of an official agreement, the Media Accessibility Platform becomes media partner of Languages and The Media, 12th International Conference on Audiovisual Language Transfer in the Media.

It is one of the main events on audiovisual translation, technological innovations, and industrial applications.

The conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin from 3rd – 5th October 2018.

You can follow news about the conference on the official website:

Submitted by Gian Maria Greco on Mon, 23/04/2018 - 19:09

News 12th Languages and The Media conference. Berlin 2018

Revolution Opening “Big Commercial Opportunities” for Audiovisual Media through Localisation


The importance of languages in shaping the audiovisual media industry’s future is set to be a hot topic for discussion in Berlin - Europe’s new media hub - later this year. And it is a topic which has already generated an “unprecedented” level of interest among industry experts and media firms keen to win new business in a rapidly expanding market.

Submitted by Gian Maria Greco on Mon, 23/04/2018 - 19:04

News A new collection of movies with video-description

Bibliothèque and Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) revealed a new collection of movies with video-description yesterday, adapted for the people living with a visual impairment. This novelty includes a selection of from Quebec and French movies. The video-description was realized by members of the team Vision et Imagerie of the CRIM, supervised by Claude Chapdelaine, in association with BAnQ.

Submitted by Maria del Mar … on Sat, 04/11/2017 - 13:50

News EU one step closer to Accessibility Act

The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament on September 14. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law.

A European Accessibility Act that would make it easier for senior citizens and people with disability to use ATMs, check-in and other ticketing machines has been hailed as a “huge opportunity” by MEP Marlene Mizzi.

Submitted by Irene Tor on Thu, 19/10/2017 - 15:00

News Fun for All. 5th International Conference on Game Translation and Accessibility

Fun for All: 5th International Conference on Game Translation and Accessibility

"Current Trends and Future Developments"

7th and 8th June 2018

TransMedia Catalonia Research Group

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Call for Papers

Submitted by Gian Maria Greco on Mon, 29/05/2017 - 18:11