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August 2016
Date Published News headline and description
29 August 2016 Air Canada to make their in-flight entertainment accessible
Following a human rights complaint, Air Canada has promised to make its in-flight entertainment systems accessible to visually-impaired passengers.
26 August 2016 New initiative to improve disability access in the workplace
Access and inclusion in the workplace is a hot topic in Australia and Media Access Australia wholeheartedly applauds and supports initiatives that...
25 August 2016 Australia adopts accessible ICT procurement standards
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Standards Australia, and ACCAN have jointly announced that Australia will be the first country outside Europe to...
23 August 2016 Minister ‘not unsympathetic’ to AD on TV
Appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program on 22 August, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield gave a positive response to a video question about Audio...
22 August 2016 Gaming is growing more accessible
Video gaming hasn’t always been notable for accessibility, but as the medium grows and matures, accessibility features are becoming more available....
19 August 2016 New Zealand gives go-ahead for data-driven disability plan
The New Zealand government is committed to developing a Disability Plan in order to ensure that government agencies have the necessary digitally-...
18 August 2016 Dances With Words
Hearing impairment and Parkour probably aren’t concepts that many people immediately group together, but a new Sydney Opera House production combines...
16 August 2016 New Microsoft tool looks like a good plan
A useful part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite is Planner. By using it, teams can create new plans; organise, assign and collaborate on tasks; set...
15 August 2016 Accessible coding training is now child's play
With coding ability rapidly becoming as fundamental a skill as literacy and numeracy, young people with a visual impairment have been facing hurdles...
11 August 2016 Closed Captions now available for NZ parliamentary broadcasts
An estimated one in nine New Zealanders use captions when watching TV. Up until recently, live broadcasts of Parliament weren’t captioned, meaning...
09 August 2016 Windows 10 still free for assistive technology users
For most people, it’s too late to take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. Yet for those with a disability who use assistive technologies (AT...
08 August 2016 New literary magazine provides digital access for those with a disability
The Deaf Poets Society is a digital journal for writers with disabilities that was launched in August 2016. It was created to offer people of all...
04 August 2016 Ai-Media wins captioning contract for ‘BBC Worldwide ANZ’
Ai-Media has been given a contract renewal to provide broadcast captioning for BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) for a further three...
03 August 2016 Media Access Australia appoints new CEO
Dr Manisha Amin has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of leading Not For Profit web and digital accessibility organisation, Media...
03 August 2016 Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 update with accessibility improvements
Microsoft has commenced rolling out a major new update to its Windows 10 operating systems on desktop, laptop and tablet devices, bringing a number...
02 August 2016 Accessibility in the workplace has widespread benefits
Almost half of all EU citizens living with a disability are unemployed, a new study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed. As people increasingly...
01 August 2016 BBC iPlayer trialling subtitles for live channels in world-first
In a welcome development from the UK, the BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on their iPlayer platform. This is a first for any...
July 2016
Date Published News headline and description
28 July 2016 ADHD students gain more Civil Rights protection in the US
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued guidance that clarifies the obligation of schools in the United...
26 July 2016 US Democratic Convention the most accessible yet
The Democratic Convention being held in Philadelphia from the 25th to 28th of July aims to be their most inclusive and accessible in history. The...
22 July 2016 Progress with accessibility needed in New Zealand
121 students took over New Zealand’s Parliament to debate about ‘Accessible Web Pages and Apps’. This was a mock bill aiming to improve accessibility...

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