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Forum to discuss accessible communications for councils

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A Melbourne forum about accessible communications for local councils will be held on Thursday 14 November. Called the White Horse City Council Accessible Communication Forum, the aim of the event is to discuss how surrounding councils can provide accessible communications for the community. The forum is part of the White Horse City Council’s Accessible Communication Project.

Presenting at the forum will be Media Access Australia’s CEO Alex Varley. His presentation will look at council services and how online communications and social media can be used to service members of the community who have a disability and require access to essential council information.


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Audio described movie in Mudgee NSW

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A community event is being held in Mudgee, NSW to raise awareness of audio description. A screening of the Baz Luhrmann film Australia will be screened at Mudgee Town Hall with open audio description – an additional audio track providing narration of visual elements for the benefit of viewers who are blind or vision impaired.

The event has been organised by local resident Mary Lovett, who in April received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to blind and vision impaired people. She is the founder and past president of Mudgee Vision Impaired Persons Friendship Group and the chairman of the Central West NSW branch of Blind Citizens Australia.


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Top 12 of 2012 #3 – the National Transition Strategy

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The Australian Government should have made significant progress towards making each of its websites accessible in 2012 as a result of the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy.

Put in place by the Australian Government Information Office (AGIMO), the strategy states that all Australian government websites must comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level A by 31 December 2012, and Level AA by December 2014. By complying with these standards, website owners help ensure that web-based information and tools can be used by everyone regardless of disability.


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sociABILITY translated into Hungarian

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Our sociABILITY: Social media for people with a disability resource has been made available to people in Hungary through the Australian Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Program. To celebrate International Day of Persons with Disability, the Australian Ambassador to Hungary will give a translated version of the resource to the President of the Hungarian Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Budapest on Monday.

Funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and first launched in March, sociABILITY helps people with sensory or mobility impairment overcome the accessibility barriers found in six of the world’s most popular social networking tools. The report and tip sheets guide people through getting started on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype and blogging.

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