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Apple to provide accessibility support around NDIS conference

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Apple is presenting its accessibility technologies at the NDIS New World Conference in Brisbane next week. The tech giant has prepared an "Accessible House" in the main conference exhibition space, with an interactive exhibit promoting and featuring accessible devices, apps and accessories to assist people to do more around the home and office.

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The seminar will feature products such as the iPhone and iPad, and will cover options for vision, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities. In addition to this, every Apple store in Australia will be running an accessibility workshop on Saturday 31 October at 9:30am.


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Blind Citizens Australia wraps up successful convention in Perth

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The Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) annual convention was held over the weekend at the Mercure hotel in Perth, with approximately 120 attendees discussing a range of issues.

Much of the focus related to the 40th anniversary of BCA with presentations and discussions relating to how products and services for people who are blind or vision impaired have progressed over that time, current issues both locally and internationally, and the significance of BCA in the future.


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iTunes Australia offering audio described movies

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There has been a quiet, small development in the availability of audio described movies from Apple iTunes in Australia.

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iTunes to remove content that isn’t captioned

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1 July 2015 is the deadline in the United States for all online video content to have captions if it was previously captioned for broadcast on television. Following that date, iTunes will commence removing from its store movies and TV programs which fall into this category.

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Apple wins AFB award for its accessibility product features

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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has announced that the Helen Keller Award for 2015 has been won by Apple due to its commitment to including accessibility features in its products to support people who are blind or vision impaired.

Apple products on display. From left to right: MacBook, iPad Air and iPhone 6 Plus


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Accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014

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Looking for that special something for that special someone—a Christmas present that is both accessible and awesome? Look no further than Media Access Australia’s guide on accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014.

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Why aren’t all DVDs captioned?

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From VHS to video on demand, the way we watch movies is rapidly evolving. Our project manager for DVD, Ally Woodford, explores the key trends impacting on the medium and how the needs of Deaf and hearing impaired viewers can be met now and well into the future.

Recently, popular British blog, i heart subtitles, had a post on the process of producing accessible DVDs and the ongoing issues around the format. Its author, Dawn Jones, addresses some of the issues blocking the road to 100 per cent of DVDs being captioned in the UK.

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How to find and view captioned videos on iTunes

Apple iTunes is a computer program that is used to download and play music, podcasts TV shows and movies. iTunes also allows you to organise and copy audio and video files to portable Apple products such as iPhone, iPod and iPad. You can download iTunes for free from the Apple website for either a Windows or Mac computer.

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