Blind Citizens Australia wraps up successful convention in Perth

Monday, 12 October 2015 14:58pm

The Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) annual convention was held over the weekend at the Mercure hotel in Perth, with approximately 120 attendees discussing a range of issues.

Much of the focus related to the 40th anniversary of BCA with presentations and discussions relating to how products and services for people who are blind or vision impaired have progressed over that time, current issues both locally and internationally, and the significance of BCA in the future.

Our own Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, spoke about the legacy of assistive technologies such as screen readers, the current availability of accessibility features in popular operating systems such a Windows, iOS and Android, and the potential benefits of wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT). Dr Hollier also highlighted the slow-but-steady improvement in the availability of audio described content across a range of platforms including the ABC iView rollout, Netflix and iTunes.

Other topics discussed include the importance of consumer advocacy, progress in the National Broadband Network and the importance of effective government services.

Dr Hollier's full presentation titled How we’re going and new frontiers is available to download from Media Access Australia's SlideShare channel.

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