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September 2017
Date Published News headline and description
21 September 2017 Media Access Australia is expanding our mission!
After many years advocating for digital inclusion along with auditing and remediating web and digital content so that it is accessible to people with...
18 September 2017 Excluded web visitors often don’t complain, they just leave
The facts speak clearly – 71% of web users with a disability will simply leave a website that is not accessible to them, according to recent research...
07 September 2017 Upcoming webinars for 2017-18 Access and Inclusion Index
If you’d like to know how your organisation is faring in regards to access and inclusion, then three upcoming webinars will provide you with a...
04 September 2017 Useful app helps the blind navigate around crowded places
A pioneering smartphone accessibility app was recently updated and was designed to help orient and guide blind and vision impaired people through...
August 2017
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29 August 2017 Be My Eyes app gets August 2017 update
Be My Eyes allows blind and vision impaired users to request help from a sighted person and the sighted users will then be called for help via linked...
25 August 2017 ACMA launches two new captioning videos
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has created two new videos in order to widen the knowledge of people who are Deaf and...
22 August 2017 Transport for NSW seeks accessibility feedback
The Draft Transport for NSW Disability Inclusion Action plan is now available for public comment, and you can help steer the discussion. Plus...
18 August 2017 ABS announces updated processes for same-sex marriage postal vote
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) sent out a news release on Thursday 17 August announcing a newly updated process for the upcoming ‘...
16 August 2017 Same-sex marriage postal vote could be inaccessible for 275,000 people
Australians who are blind or vision-impaired won’t be able to vote unassisted in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal vote, because it will be...
14 August 2017 Five Guys burger chain in a pickle over website inaccessibility
On 21 July 2017, a US federal district court in Manhattan rejected a ‘motion to dismiss’ claim by the ‘Five Guys’ burger chain (Case No. 17-cv-788)...
07 August 2017 Airbnb launches inclusive design toolkit
Recently, Airbnb Design launched a “toolkit” for designers built around the premise of ‘how can you design for everyone without understanding the...
01 August 2017 Commonwealth Bank disrupting EFTPOS usage for the blind and vision-impaired
The Commonwealth Bank is continuing to roll out their EFTPOS tablet despite repeated concerns voiced over the past 18 months that this payment...
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...
10 July 2017 Legal win for Deaf couple against hospital with ineffective communication
A high-profile hospital in Texas has settled a lawsuit which alleged that their communications for Deaf patients were ineffective, in a landmark...
03 July 2017 Nominate for the Australian Mental Health Prize
The second annual Australian Mental Health Prize was launched in late June, with nominations now open. This award event seeks to recognise...
June 2017
Date Published News headline and description
29 June 2017 Nominations now open for National Disability Awards
Individuals, teams and organisations who are making a real difference in quality of life outcomes for those with disability are encouraged to enter...
21 June 2017 ACMA releases review of captioning rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has just released the final report into its statutory review of captioning rules. While ACMA...
20 June 2017 Digital Inclusion Forum prompted excellent debate
The FACS NSW Digital Inclusion Forum, in Sydney on 15 June, brought together expert panellists and interested participants from Government, the...
06 June 2017 Be part of 24 hours of inclusive design
A free 24-hour online community event on accessibility is being staged on 9 June 2017 by The Paciello Group – one the world’s leading Assistive...

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