Top accessible gifts for the festive season

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Thursday, 15 December 2011 14:02pm

If someone you know is blind, vision impaired, Deaf or hearing impaired, there are a number of accessible gifts that can help improve their access to and enjoyment of media this festive season.

Here are our top picks:

  1. Accessible DVDs: Gift a DVD with audio description or a DVD with captions.
  2. Tickets to an accessible cinema session: Various cinemas around Australia provide selected sessions with captions for the hearing impaired and audio description for the vision impaired.
  3. Tickets to an accessible theatre session: Many captioned theatre sessions and audio described theatre sessions are available in 2012.
  4. An eReader: eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle can be reasonably accessible for people who are blind or vision impaired through text-to-speech technology that reads a book aloud where the author has given permission. Find out more about eReader accessibility.
  5. A portable media player: For someone who is blind or vision impaired, accessible media players including some Apple iPod models have talking menus and accessible touch screens. Some also support mono audio which can be useful for people with a hearing impairment in one ear, as well as support for captioned content where available.
  6. A smartphone: The Apple iPhone or Android smartphone provide varying levels of accessibility for people with sensory impairment. To see if it’s right for your friend or family member, read our access reviews of smartphones.
  7. A tablet device: The iPad provides some accessibility features that make it usable for people with sensory impairment, particularly for people who are blind or vision impaired.
  8. Accessible applications (apps): Particular apps for iDevices and apps for Android devices can increase the accessibility of devices such as smartphones or tablets. A voucher to purchase apps through iTunes or the Android marketplace could be the perfect gift.

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