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Petition to make Steam accessible launched

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A Change.org petition has launched asking for the world’s largest digital game distribution platform, Steam, to be made accessible for people with disabilities.

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Samsung boosts smartphone accessibility with Galaxy Talkback for the S6 and S6 Edge

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Samsung’s Galaxy S range of smartphones are due to receive a significant accessibility upgrade with the addition of Galaxy Talkback and several new features for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices.

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#CSUN15 wrap up

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The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to wrapping up. If you missed some of the big sessions or want a handy recap on hot accessibility (#a11y) topics this year, check out Media Access Australia’s interviews with some of the key presenters.

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Mobile device accessibility recognised

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The work of mobile developers in improving access for people with disabilities has been recognised at the 20th Global Mobile Awards.

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iPads, and improved access to education

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Media Access Australia spoke to Lyn Robinson, Assistive Technology Teacher and Principal Researcher in the iPad Project about how tablet computers are helping students with disabilities better access education.

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Q&A: The importance of accessible gaming

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Media Access Australia spoke with accessible gaming advocate Ian Hamilton on the importance and value of accessible digital entertainment ahead of his presentation at this year’s annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2015).

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Audio description app trialled in the UK

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has commenced a trial of a new app designed to deliver audio description for programs on video-on-demand services.

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The app was developed by the Italian company Universal Multimedia Access, which also created the MovieReading app. This allows a caption file for a movie to be downloaded to a user’s smartphone or tablet, so that the captions can be watched as the movie screens in a cinema.

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Inclusive design and improving access for people with visual impairments

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In the UK, young people aged 16-25 who have a vision impairment are twice as likely as others their age not to be in employment, education or training.

Rachel Hewett, Research Fellow at the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham, is researching whether a greater focus on inclusive design might help improve access to information, and so improve access to employment, education and training.

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Deloitte reveals media, technology predictions

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Consultancy firm Deloitte has released its predictions into major technology, communications and media trends for 2015.

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Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential

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Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.

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