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Voice your choice about the value of accessible product design

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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 reviews. And now the consumer advocacy group is wanting to find out just how many people value accessible product design, with a new survey that's open to everyone to have their say.

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New ‘Affordable Access’ project promotes low cost accessible technology

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Media Access Australia (MAA), in conjunction with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), is pleased to announce the launch of a new website and supporting downloadable resources designed to make digital accessibility for those with a disability easier and more affordable.

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New initiative to improve disability access in the workplace

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Access and inclusion in the workplace is a hot topic in Australia and Media Access Australia wholeheartedly applauds and supports initiatives that assist this through innovation. A good example is a new management tool launched by the Australian Network on Disability.

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The Australian Network on Disability (AND) has launched a new tool – the Access and Inclusion Index – with the aim of enabling people of all abilities to participate in all aspects of society.

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Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 update with accessibility improvements

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Microsoft has commenced rolling out a major new update to its Windows 10 operating systems on desktop, laptop and tablet devices, bringing a number of new features which include benefits to people with disabilities.

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Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, can now be used from the locked screen which can potentially benefit people with a mobility impairment in providing greater control of the device through verbal commands when the screen is locked

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US Democratic Convention the most accessible yet

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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 organisers are rolling out an Accessibility Plan that delivers unprecedented resources and technology for people with disabilities as well as for seniors.

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Australian Network on Disability forms alliance with Media Access Australia to achieve accessibility in the workplace

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Media Access Australia, Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disability, has formed an alliance with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) to offer a suite of digital accessibility services and expertise to AND’s 150 members across the government and business sectors.

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This alliance will assist AND to continue to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business, and to enable its members and clients to better welcome people with disability as employees, customers and suppliers.

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Help us improve our website

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In an effort to provide the most relevant information on the most accessible website we can, Media Access Australia is seeking feedback from readers about our website. 

The simple 5 minute survey is an opportunity to tell us what you are interested in and what you would like to see more of on our site. Importantly, you can also let us know how you find the website’s accessibility.

“Our readership is incredibly diverse in terms of people’s interests and needs as users. Every day we talk to people who might be using a piece of assistive technology that radically changes how they experience the site. Gaining insight into that is vital for us being the best we can be,” said Online Editor Eliza Cussen.

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Round-up of the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference

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Experts in mobile technology, accessibility, industry representatives, government and disability and consumer advocacy groups last week came together to discuss challenges and trends in mobile technology and accessibility at the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference. Held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, the conference was organised by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) in joint partnership with Telstra.

International speakers including Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US, and President and Executive Director of The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT (G3ict) Axel Leblois, discussed how accessibility is currently driving innovation in legislation and mobile technology.

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