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Free and low-cost screen reader use increases according to survey

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WebAIM has released the results from its third screen reader user survey conducted in December 2010.

The latest survey, with 1245 valid responses, was a follow-up to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up survey from October 2009.

The survey showed that the usage of free and low-cost screen readers such as NVDA and VoiceOver has increased significantly since the last survey.

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Sarah Pulis wins scholarship to US Nonprofit Technology Conference

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Media Access Australia’s New Media Manager Sarah Pulis will soon be jetting off to Washington DC for the world’s largest nonprofit technology conference, after winning a scholarship for her commitment to access to technology and social media.

Sarah, who has been at Media Access Australia since the beginning of 2010, is one of three non-profit staff awarded Connecting Up Australia's scholarship, with entries submitted from all over Australia. Worth up to $5,000 each, the scholarships cover return airfares, a $500 contribution to meals and accommodation, and registration to the March conference, organised by the US Nonprofit Technology Network.


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Amazon provides accessibility plug-in for Kindle for PC

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Amazon has released a plug-in to improve the accessibility of its Kindle eBook reader software for PC.

The accessibility features that are enabled in the plug-in, which is currently not available in Australia, include:

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The D-Link Boxee Box – good for caption users, a mixed bag for others

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The much anticipated media centre Boxee Box has finally been released in Australia, promising a perfect blend of the Internet and the lounge room TV.

While its ability to play content is remarkable, its accessibility features will leave some people with disabilities excited, while others will be disappointed.

The Boxee Box is designed to be an Internet-enabled media centre that can be plugged into any TV. There are three main features of the Boxee Box:


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