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Australian Government advertises for WCAG 2.0 Content and Compliance Officers

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The Department of Finance and Deregulation has posted a job advertisement for WCAG 2.0 Content and Compliance Officers.

According to the advertisement, “The main function of the role will be to address web accessibility issues by assessing, converting and publishing downloadable content, with a primary focus on Portable Document Formats (PDFs).”


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FCC to ensure deaf-blind Americans have access to 21st century communications technology

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The US media and communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has announced that it will spend US$10 million per year to provide low-income people who are deaf-blind with access to 21st century communications technology.

In line with the 21st Century Video and Communications Accessibility Act of 2010, the pilot program will help ensure that individuals who are deaf-blind have access to the Internet, and advanced communications, including interexchange services and advanced telecommunications and information services.


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Communications Minister launches NBN consumer guide

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Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy, today launched the release of a comprehensive consumer’s guide to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Produced by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), NBN: A Guide For Consumers is intended to explain the processes, facts and rollout plans of the NBN using simple language in a variety of formats for convenience.

ACCAN developed the guide so that people who do not have the political or technical expertise to pick up on the jargon-laced details that have been released to the public so far will be able to readily grasp the finer details of the network.


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iPhone app ZoomReader provides cost effective alternative to more expensive devices

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The new iPhone app ZoomReader enables people who are blind or vision impaired to use their iPhone to convert images taken with their iPhone into text, and at a much more affordable cost than specialised devices with similar kinds of features.

Ai Squared, creators of screen magnification software for people who are vision impaired, including the highly popular screen reader and magnifier software ZoomText, developed ZoomReader after iPhone became the smartphone of choice for the blind and vision impaired community.

Here is how the app works:

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