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June 2016
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14 June 2016 Apple announces minor software accessibility improvements at WWDC 2016 conference
Apple has announced a number of new features in its range of products at its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), with a focus on...
10 June 2016 New Zealand holds an inquiry into captioning
New Zealand’s Government Administration Committee has announced an inquiry into captioning, and is seeking submissions from the public.
09 June 2016 PCWA online course aims to promote accessibility
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...
08 June 2016 How the blind experience the internet
What is the internet like when you have a vision impairment? Chris Moury, who has rapidly declining vision, speaks about this topic on Control Z, a...
06 June 2016 Audio description trial on iview ending soon
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s online iview service, which commenced in April 2015, will soon be drawing to a close.
02 June 2016 Election websites accessibility report – improving but still difficult to use
Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, recently tested a number of websites related to the upcoming Federal...
May 2016
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17 May 2016 MAA launches the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide
Cognitive disability can be a difficult condition to understand. This is particularly the case for organisations wanting to be able to find out how...
April 2016
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19 April 2016 Australia’s first disability-focused tech accelerator launched
Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator, Remarkable, held its official launch event on 31 March at the University of Sydney. The...
11 April 2016 The force is even stronger with AD and CC
The latest film in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, is now available for sale in iTunes with audio description (AD) and closed captions, so...
08 April 2016 Australian Network on Disability seeks participants for Banking Accessibility Survey 2016
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is conducting a new survey to extend its research into the accessibility of banking services, encouraging...
February 2016
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22 February 2016 New era for Media Access Australia as CEO steps down
After a combined 20 years of working for Media Access Australia and its predecessor the Australian Caption Centre, CEO Alex Varley is stepping down...
01 February 2016 Languages and the media conference – a major access event
The biggest access conference in the world will take place in Berlin on 2-4 November 2016.
December 2015
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23 December 2015 The most popular accessibility stories of 2015
As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web,...
14 December 2015 Accessible live events conference
Making live events accessible is a growing area. Whilst captioning of live events such as theatre, sports and television programs has been available...
November 2015
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16 November 2015 Xbox Accessories app supports standard controller remapping
The recently updated Xbox Accessories app from Microsoft now provides button remapping support for standard Xbox One controllers, adding to the list...
10 November 2015 Call to caption parliament
The Federal Parliament is improving its accessibility to people with disabilities. This includes its digital presence through its website and online...
09 November 2015 Be involved with Print Disability Round Table 2016
Information access for people with print disabilities is an expanding and evolving area for development of services, advocacy and promotion. This...
05 November 2015 Accessible Canada by law
Canadian province Manitoba has introduced a customer service standard as part of its accessibility legislation. This recognises that disabled...
October 2015
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23 October 2015 Live captioning bonanza captured by ACMA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) held a day-long event in September dedicated to live captioning issues as part of its...
09 October 2015 Digital Inclusion Index measures access in Australia
A new Melbourne-based research project has launched with the aim of discovering the reach of digital inclusion in Australia.