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Connect Ability Challenge awards accessible tech innovators

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The Connect Ability Challenge, which challenges developers to build accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities using only existing and affordable mainstream platforms, announced the winners of a USD$92,500 (AUD$125,381) prize pool last Monday.

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Petition to make Steam accessible launched

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A Change.org petition has launched asking for the world’s largest digital game distribution platform, Steam, to be made accessible for people with disabilities.

Left hand resting over the W,A,S,D keys on a computer keyboard. Image credit: Brian J. Matis via Flickr

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#CSUN15 wrap up

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The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to wrapping up. If you missed some of the big sessions or want a handy recap on hot accessibility (#a11y) topics this year, check out Media Access Australia’s interviews with some of the key presenters.

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Q&A: The importance of accessible gaming

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Media Access Australia spoke with accessible gaming advocate Ian Hamilton on the importance and value of accessible digital entertainment ahead of his presentation at this year’s annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2015).

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Canadian cinemas commence autism-friendly movie sessions

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One of Canada’s largest entertainment companies, Cineplex Entertainment, has announced the introduction of a movie screening program for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

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Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential

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Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.

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Intel offers glimpse of emerging accessible technologies

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Computer chip manufacturer Intel has revealed new technologies it is working on which will make devices such as smart phones, tablets and PCs more accessible to people with disabilities.

Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrating Intel RealSense during his keynote speech at CES 2015. Image credit: Intel


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Noteworthy accessible game releases in 2014

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Just in time to help you relax over the holidays, we've enlisted the help of UX designer, accessibility specialist and co-author of the Game Accessibility Guidelines, Ian Hamilton, to provide a list of noteworthy cross-platform accessible game releases in 2014.

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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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iTunes $30, $20 and $50 gift cards


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Education highlights of 2014

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This year we have further explored accessible media and resources available to support students with diverse learning needs.

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