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July 2017
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19 July 2017 Technology is key to creating ‘most accessible neighbourhood’
The CNIB, Canada’s National Institute for the Blind, is turning to a combination of inclusive design and the latest technology to transform a small...
17 July 2017 Microsoft releases new app – a talking camera for the blind
The revolutionary new Seeing AI app has evolved from a long-running Microsoft research project for people with visual impairment to narrate the world...
June 2017
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27 June 2017 New funding cap of National Relay Service leads to fears of reduced services
While the Government’s recent recommitment to support the National Relay Service (NRS) is welcomed, there are fears that services will have to be cut...
13 June 2017 16 big announcements by Apple at WWDC17
Apple’s big conference in California, the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), attracted a host of brilliant minds representing many...
May 2017
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22 May 2017 4 leading Startups in the Deaf and hearing-impaired space
1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss including around 30,000 Deaf Auslan users with total hearing loss, according to the Australian...
March 2017
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28 March 2017 Latest tech releases from Apple
Apple has announced a new iOS 10.3 update, some updates to iPad, iPhone and their Apple Watch, plus they have launched a new app called ‘Clips’ which...
08 March 2017 2017 Sydney Access and Inclusion Campaign launched
Accessible Arts in partnership with the City of Sydney launched the new Accessing Sydney Collectively (ASYD.CO) knowledge exchange partnership...
February 2017
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13 February 2017 2017 Consumer Electronics Show showcases digital assistants
The world’s largest technology tradeshow, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was staged in Las Vegas in January and is now 50 years young. In...
01 February 2017 The accessibility of self publishing
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility, self-published an inspiring book Outrunning the Night late last...
October 2016
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21 October 2016 The accessibility of augmented reality – Pokémon Go or no go
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor on Digital Accessibility, put 2016’s biggest hit in augmented reality – Pokémon Go –...
September 2016
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14 September 2016 New ‘Affordable Access’ project promotes low cost accessible technology
Media Access Australia (MAA), in conjunction with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), is pleased to announce the launch of...
01 September 2016 New Microsoft accessibility tools are now working smarter
The latest version of the Microsoft Office 365 suite will include some important new accessibility features, using cloud-enabled ‘intelligent...
August 2016
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31 August 2016 Online Census accessibility review - Pass or Fail
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s ‘Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility’, undertook an accessibility review of the 9 August Census…...
16 August 2016 New Microsoft tool looks like a good plan
A useful part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite is Planner. By using it, teams can create new plans; organise, assign and collaborate on tasks; set...
02 August 2016 Accessibility in the workplace has widespread benefits
Almost half of all EU citizens living with a disability are unemployed, a new study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed. As people increasingly...
July 2016
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22 July 2016 Progress with accessibility needed in New Zealand
121 students took over New Zealand’s Parliament to debate about ‘Accessible Web Pages and Apps’. This was a mock bill aiming to improve accessibility...
21 July 2016 G3ict acquires IAAP in global accessibility merger
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) has announced it will be acquiring the International...
20 July 2016 Screenworks host CC and AD workshop to educate filmmakers
As part of the accessibility focus of Screenworks, they will be holding a Closed Captioning (CC) and Audio Description (AD) workshop next month, with...
18 July 2016 USAA’s new banking app allows voice-guided cheque depositing
USAA, a Texas-based Fortune 500 diversified financial services group, has recently demonstrated that banking and accessibility can easily go hand in...
14 July 2016 Google announces Android Nougat with new accessibility features
Google has officially launched its new version of Android 7.0 Nougat which will feature a number of significant accessibility additions and...

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