Disability

Slow and unsteady does not win the race – how to complain about slow broadband

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If your broadband is providing you with speeds that are consistently lower than the performance figures stated by your internet service provider (ISP), or your broadband become unreliable at certain times, you’re within your rights to make a complaint.

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New research aims to improve web content for those with a cognitive disability

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For years the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines have helped developers create a web experience that is more usable by people with disabilities. Now a research unit in the US is conducting a study to determine if simplifying text can further help comprehension for people with cognitive disabilities.

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Logo of the IBM Watson supercomputer

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What’s reading like if you’re dyslexic – a website provides insights

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If you’re among the 20% of the population affected by dyslexia, there’s a website created to show your friends, family, work colleagues and those providing organisational support, what reading is actually like for you.

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Screen grab of the ‘Dsxyliea’ website home page

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New Microsoft accessibility tools are now working smarter

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The latest version of the Microsoft Office 365 suite will include some important new accessibility features, using cloud-enabled ‘intelligent services’ that help point users in the right direction when creating written content.

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Accessibility symbol and button on a keyboard

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Online Census accessibility review - Pass or Fail

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Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s ‘Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility’, undertook an accessibility review of the 9 August Census… conducted before, during, and after that fateful night. Unfortunately, the 2016 Census was a total debacle from go to woe… but did it pass or fail in terms of accessibility, in its online form? Find out in this fascinating podcast article.

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Listen to the complete interview where Dr Scott Hollier chats to Philip Jenkinson about the accessibility of the online Census.


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Digital Accessibility Services

Media Access Australia strives for accessibility and inclusion through technology. We’re Australia’s only independent Not-For-Profit organisation dedicated to increasing access to websites, digital media and technology for people with vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities, as well as older Australians, those from non-English-speaking backgrounds, and people with varying levels of education and literacy.


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New Zealand gives go-ahead for data-driven disability plan

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The New Zealand government is committed to developing a Disability Plan in order to ensure that government agencies have the necessary digitally-delivered data to make informed, evidence-based policy decisions on New Zealanders with a disability.

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Improving the availability of quality information about those with a disability or impairment in NZ will lead to better decision-making by government agencies, say both the Statistics Minister Craig Foss, and the Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner.

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New Zealand holds an inquiry into captioning

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New Zealand’s Government Administration Committee has announced an inquiry into captioning, and is seeking submissions from the public.

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PCWA online course aims to promote accessibility

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Inclusion and accessibility are hot topics that impact on the daily lives of around 25% of the population who have a disability or impairment. And now web professionals can improve their levels of expertise in web and digital accessibility to make a positive difference by enrolling in Australia’s only university-accredited online access course.

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ABC seeks feedback on iview audio description trial

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This month marks the anniversary of the trial of audio description for the blind or vision impaired on iview, and the ABC has released a survey in which it asks viewers for their feedback on the service.

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