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December 2016
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08 December 2016 Disability is a mainstream issue
Media Access Australia (MAA) advocates for all people living with disability. New CEO, Dr Manisha Amin, believes that disability is a mainstream...
06 December 2016 Submissions wanted for Government inquiry into hearing health and wellbeing
The Australian Parliament’s House Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport is going to be considering the social and economic impacts of...
01 December 2016 Dr Scott Hollier publishes a memoir with purpose
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility, has just published an autobiography which he describes as ‘a...
01 December 2016 Transcript of Dr Scott Hollier interview on a memoir with purpose
November 2016
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28 November 2016 Microsoft’s Sydney CBD store is staging free accessibility workshops this week
The Microsoft store at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall is putting on a series of very useful Accessibility Week workshops from 28 November to 2...
25 November 2016 International PDF Day came to Australia for the first time
In conjunction with scheduled meetings of ISO TC 171 SC 2 working groups that will run in late November and early December, PDF Day Australia,...
23 November 2016 Three upcoming free arts events in Sydney and Victoria
Media Access Australia wants to let you know about a trio of free events scheduled around the International Day Of People With Disability on 3...
16 November 2016 Disability commissioner calls ABC transcription cuts a backward step
The Disability Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, has blasted the decision last month from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) to cut back...
08 November 2016 Affordable digital access of real interest to seniors
Media Access Australia (MAA) was a sponsor of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) annual conference that kicked off in Sydney...
07 November 2016 GoDigi National Year of Digital Inclusion Expo
The GoDigi National Year of Digital Inclusion Expo, presented by Infoxchange, is being staged on 16 November at the Australian Technology Park in...
03 November 2016 Calls for a Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities in the US
The National Council on Disability (NCD) in the United States has made a call to establish a ‘Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities...
October 2016
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27 October 2016 Access & Inclusion on centre stage for Sydney Festival 2017
The Sydney Festival is gearing up for January 2017 and the organisers are committed to making every effort to ensure that their program of activities...
24 October 2016 What day-to-day challenge would you like solved by technology?
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) in conjunction with Microsoft Australia, and with accessibility support from Media Access Australia, is...
21 October 2016 The accessibility of augmented reality – Pokémon Go or no go
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor on Digital Accessibility, put 2016’s biggest hit in augmented reality – Pokémon Go –...
21 October 2016 Transcript of Dr Scott Hollier interview on augmented reality
18 October 2016 New access app Blappy is making people happy
A new Bluetooth chat application for accessibility, called Blappy, aims to bring more people together. The app translates voice to text and text to...
12 October 2016 Some replacement Galaxy Note7’s still too hot to handle
In September 2016 Samsung globally recalled more than 2.5 million of their flagship Galaxy Note7 smartphones due to safety concerns. Now there are...
10 October 2016 Bionic Olympics for competitors using 'AT' staged in Switzerland
In what is claimed as a world first, the Cybathlon Championship was held in Switzerland on 8 October, featuring six contests based around every day...
September 2016
Date Published News headline and description
26 September 2016 Voice your choice about the value of accessible product design
From the Samsung Note7 recall to reviews of smart TVs and even toasters, Choice is known for their no-spin product and service ratings, reports and...
21 September 2016 Half of people with a smartphone don’t download apps
While Google and Apple continue to fight it out to see which one has the biggest app store, new US research shows that 49% of smartphone users never...

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