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Latest on iOS 10, 7 & Plus 7 phones and new Apple Support app

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A lot of new things are happening in the Apple universe. There's an iOS 10 Home ‘button‘ and Voice Control update, along with a wonderful new Apple Support app that is ideal for people with a hearing impairment as well as those suffering from anxiety.

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Major review of NDIS costs now underway

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In late January 2017 the Federal Government announced that the Productivity Commission is to conduct a study to review the costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is due to be operational and available to around 500,000 people by 2019.

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The NDIS study will examine issues including the sustainability of scheme costs; jurisdictional capacity (including the complementary disability services provided by the States and Territories); cost pressures (including wages); and changes in the agreed escalation parameters.

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Be part of the Diverse-CITY of Melbourne

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Now in its 12th year, the ‘Diverse-CITY’ exhibition is running up until the evening of 21 December. It showcases a diverse range of artworks from artists of all ages who are living with a disability, or an experience of mental ill health, and who come from culturally diverse backgrounds across Victoria.

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Image of Diverse-CITY

This annual event is free to attend and put on by ADEC ArtAbility. It’s a featured exhibition at Federation Square, on the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street in Melbourne.

Diverse-CITY promotes a message of ability not disability, and strength in diversity and personal empowerment through engagement with the broader community.


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Disability is a mainstream issue

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Media Access Australia (MAA) advocates for all people living with disability. New CEO, Dr Manisha Amin, believes that disability is a mainstream issue that needs to be managed in a mainstream way.

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Affordable digital access of real interest to seniors

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Media Access Australia (MAA) was a sponsor of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) annual conference that kicked off in Sydney on 8 November. MAA was also exhibiting at the event, with a focus on the content-rich Affordable Access website and downloadable resources.

Philip Jenkinson at the MAA stand at the Computer Seniors Conference

 Philip Jenkinson at the MAA stand at the Computer Seniors Conference

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What day-to-day challenge would you like solved by technology?

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The Australian Network on Disability (AND) in conjunction with Microsoft Australia, and with accessibility support from Media Access Australia, is staging ‘Hack 4 Good’ in November 2016. It aims to bring together the best and brightest tech minds to support the development of accessible technology (AT) to remove barriers for people with a disability. You can help frame the event by completing an online survey and submitting a day-to-day barrier you’d like resolved through technology.

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Image of Hack 4 Good logo

AT and Accessible Communication Technology (ICT) allow access to services, employment opportunities and connectivity for everyone, regardless of ability. And with Hack 4 Good, organisations can harness the power of technology to better include people with a disability.

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Have your say in the ACA’s Disability Action Plan survey

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The Australia Council for the Arts (ACA) is evaluating their 2014-2016 Disability Action Plan and their Arts and Disability Funding program. If you’re an artist or arts-based organisation, they need your help to find out about the challenges so far and your thoughts on future priorities.

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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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Screen grab of the Affordable Access website showing 7 people using devices

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Are you President or Board Director material? PWDA is on the lookout.

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The AGM of People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) will be on 23 November and nominations for the roles of President and seven Board Director positions are currently being sought, from people who are voting members of PWDA.

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Logo of PWDA

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation, with members made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. They also have a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to disability rights.

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