Dr Scott Hollier publishes a memoir with purpose

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Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility, has just published an autobiography which he describes as ‘a memoir with purpose’ entitled Outrunning the Night. Its aim is to provide support and encouragement to disadvantaged people and the people supporting them, and he talks about his inspiring new book in a very personal and entertaining podcast.

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Image of Dr Scott Hollier

Listen to the complete interview where Dr Scott Hollier chats to Philip Jenkinson about his new memoir with purpose... Outrunning the Night.

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Microsoft’s Sydney CBD store is staging free accessibility workshops this week

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The Microsoft store at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall is putting on a series of very useful Accessibility Week workshops from 28 November to 2 December, that are free to attend with registration a must.

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A finger presses an Accessibility key on a laptop

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International PDF Day came to Australia for the first time

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In conjunction with scheduled meetings of ISO TC 171 SC 2 working groups that will run in late November and early December, PDF Day Australia, organised by the PDF Association, was held in Sydney on Friday 25 November.

PDF Day Australia

PDF Day Australia

The event is designed to assist CIOs, document management experts and electronic content policymakers understand ISO-standardised PDF (Portable Document Format) technology. Annual PDF Day events usually occur in Europe and alternate with PDF Technical Conference events in North America.

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Three upcoming free arts events in Sydney and Victoria

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Media Access Australia wants to let you know about a trio of free events scheduled around the International Day Of People With Disability on 3 December. 'Youth, Mental Health and Inclusion in the Arts' will be staged in Ballarat on 28/11; 'Red Dog True Blue' is being audio described at Event Cinema Parramatta on 4/12; and you're invited to attend the 2016 Arts Access Victoria AGM on 6/12 in South Melbourne.

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International day of people with disability

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Disability commissioner calls ABC transcription cuts a backward step

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The Disability Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, has blasted the decision last month from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) to cut back transcription of some news and current affairs programs on TV and radio, as a “backward step” for accessibility.

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Australian Broadcasting Commission logo

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Affordable digital access of real interest to seniors

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Media Access Australia (MAA) was a sponsor of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) annual conference that kicked off in Sydney on 8 November. MAA was also exhibiting at the event, with a focus on the content-rich Affordable Access website and downloadable resources.

Philip Jenkinson at the MAA stand at the Computer Seniors Conference

 Philip Jenkinson at the MAA stand at the Computer Seniors Conference

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GoDigi National Year of Digital Inclusion Expo

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The GoDigi National Year of Digital Inclusion Expo, presented by Infoxchange, is being staged on 16 November at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern, Sydney. The event aims to help create a society where everyone can innovate, and Media Access Australia will be there, showcasing free Affordable Access resources.

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2016 National Year of Digital Inclusion Expo

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Calls for a Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities in the US

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The National Council on Disability (NCD) in the United States has made a call to establish a ‘Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities’ as part of a series of recommendations to the US Federal Government for making technology more accessible to people with a sensory, cognitive, or mobility disability.

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Image of original US Bill of Rights

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Access & Inclusion on centre stage for Sydney Festival 2017

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The Sydney Festival is gearing up for January 2017 and the organisers are committed to making every effort to ensure that their program of activities to be staged from 7 to 29 January will be accessible to people with a disability.

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Image of Sydney Festival 2017

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