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Digital technology

A guide to the mainstream technologies that are affordable and accessible, helping people with a disability access information when and where they choose. 

Visit this section to get the latest on the technologies making the most impact.

Latest News

  • Thursday, 24 April 2014
    A look into the future of captioning

    Advances in technology have the potential to streamline the captioning process and make captioning more affordable without sacrificing quality, according to an article by Hewson Maxwell of Red Bee Media.

  • On  World Book Day, the Australian Government has been called on to ease the copyright restrictions which reduce the number of books that are available to blind, vision impaired and print disabled readers.

  • Thanks to a change in regulation, blind and vision impaired students in China will be given access to mainstream higher education.

  • Tuesday, 15 April 2014
    Accessible app competition launched

    The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission have come together to run the inaugural Apps For All Challenge. The competition is designed to reward and encourage mobile app accessibility.

  • A survey conducted by Media Access Australia has found that levels of captioning on commercial multichannels, which include 7Two, Go! and One, remain below 50 per cent.

  • Perth has won its bid to host the 2017 Web4All (W4A) and World Wide Web (WWW) conferences. The two co-located events will see world renowned web accessibility experts descend on the city. 

  • Anne Marie Rohaly, director of accessibility policy and standards at Microsoft, has won a national broadcasting award for her work on making online video more accessible for those who are Deaf or hearing impaired by providing closed captions.

Welcome to Media Access Australia

This website provides information on access to media using technology. It covers a wide range of practical information on access issues involving TV, DVDs, cinema-the-arts, the artsXXX, new media and education; and access technologies including captioning (primarily used by people who are Deaf and hearing impaired) and audio description (primarily used by people who are blind and vision impaired). You will also find information on rules and regulations affecting access, and levels of access on various types of media in Australia and the rest of the world. The key to our service is keeping people up-to-date with the world of accessible media.

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