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Digital Gap pushes for change by 2017

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The call for improvement to digital accessibility for people with disabilities moved to Parliament House in Canberra with a call for significant change to happen by 2017, which is the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.

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Credit Union Christmas Pageant provides audio description

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The Credit Union Christmas Pageant will be broadcast on 101.5FM Radio Adelaide on the morning of Saturday 14th November, with audio description provided for the very first time by Access2Arts in partnership with Beyond Bank and the Royal Society for the Blind.

Tune into 101.5FM on Pageant day Saturday 14 November. Beyond Bank proudly supports: Access2Arts and The Royal Society for the Blind. Beyond Bank is a proud sponsor of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant.

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ACCAN launches campaign for online caption quality

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has formed an alliance of organisations which is calling for online videos to be provided with accurate, readable captions.

YouTube auto-caption for Tony Abbott reads "things like the big butts well we want to carefully look". Image credit: ACCAN via Facebook


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Call to caption parliament

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The Federal Parliament is improving its accessibility to people with disabilities. This includes its digital presence through its website and online services. It also provides streaming video services of the House of Representatives, the Senate, Federation Chamber and various committees when they are in session.

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Be involved with Print Disability Round Table 2016

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Information access for people with print disabilities is an expanding and evolving area for development of services, advocacy and promotion. This includes different formats (such as large print, braille, e-text), services (through education, government, libraries and websites) and types of access (such as tablets, mobile phones, laptops, televisions and specialist devices).

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Accessible Canada by law

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Canadian province Manitoba has introduced a customer service standard as part of its accessibility legislation. This recognises that disabled customers may not be able to access communications and may be using assistive devices. The standard also applies to public events.

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Many countries have moved towards disability inclusion through strategies, equity and diversity plans. Generally the only area that has been enshrined in law has been around building codes, but Manitoba’s new standard is an example of it reaching into digital accessibility and customer service.


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New accessible gaming resources available

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Media Access Australia’s gaming specialists have joined forces to bring you brand new information on accessible mainstream and mobile gaming options across Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Google devices.

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British conference celebrates audio description

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The RNIB Audio Description Conference: Celebrating Progress and Looking Ahead, which was held in London on 23 September, brought together a host of audio describers, broadcasters, film distributors, academics and other professionals who were keen to discuss ways of improving and expanding this essential service for people who are blind or vision impaired.

RNIB: supporting blind and partially sighted people

The conference included sessions on the last decade of audio description on television and in cinemas in the UK, and the challenges facing the service over the next ten years. It was coordinated by RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People), and sponsored by BTI Studios, Deluxe and ITV.

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Three upcoming accessible theatre productions in Adelaide

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Access2Arts have shared a list of upcoming touch tour and audio described productions in Adelaide for theatre fans who are blind or vision impaired.

1. Mortido - State Theatre Company

‘Mortido’ is revenge, tragedy, crime thriller and contemporary morality play all rolled into one. It begins with a Mexican fable about death and takes in the Sydney police force, Qantas, quinoa, Berlin, Nazi Germany, Krispy Kreme donuts, Coca Cola, public housing, a seventh birthday party, the property market and a body in Australia’s most famous Harbour.


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Apple to provide accessibility support around NDIS conference

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Apple is presenting its accessibility technologies at the NDIS New World Conference in Brisbane next week. The tech giant has prepared an "Accessible House" in the main conference exhibition space, with an interactive exhibit promoting and featuring accessible devices, apps and accessories to assist people to do more around the home and office.

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The seminar will feature products such as the iPhone and iPad, and will cover options for vision, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities. In addition to this, every Apple store in Australia will be running an accessibility workshop on Saturday 31 October at 9:30am.


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