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NDIS service providers urged to consider ICT accessibility

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Service providers to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been advised to consider the accessibility of their information communications technology (ICT) to ensure that they can fully support people with disabilities.

Speaking ahead of his presentation at the Disability Employment Conference, held 6-7 August on the Gold Coast, Media Access Australia’s web accessibility expert and W3C member, Dr Scott Hollier, said service providers to the NDIS need to consider how people with disabilities could better access their websites, smartphone apps, documents and other information.


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OwnFone launches ‘world's first braille mobile phone’ in Australia

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OwnFone has launched a braille-based mobile phone for blind and vision impaired users in Australia—a world-first, according to the mobile technology company.

By combining a three dimensional (3D) printing system and customisable, blank mobile devices, OwnFone allows customers to design a mobile phone with up to three contact names and numbers, which are automatically converted into braille buttons on the front of the device.

The phone features a single button dialling system, with pre-programmed options to call emergency services and contacts of the customer’s choice, including family, friends or carers.

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IBM creates new role: Chief Accessibility Officer

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IBM has recently named Frances West, a 25-year IBM veteran, as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer.

As the former director of IBM Research's Human Ability and Accessibility Center, West’s new role involves working on the technology company’s policies and practices on accessibility and collaboration with other groups.


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Q&A: Digital literature accessibility

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Media Access Australia spoke with Dr. Mike Kent, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University about the accessibility of digital literature.

Dr Kent was scheduled to speak at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference, which ran at Swinburne University’s Hawthorn campus from 9-11 July. The conference tackled a diverse range of issues in the media and communication space, including issues around disability and media access.


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Q&A: TIA on mobile technology and Baby Boomers

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Media Access Australia spoke to Brian Scarpelli, Director, Government Affairs at the US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) following his chairing of a session on mobile technology and Baby Boomers at this year’s M-Enabling Conference.

Media Access Australia: What is the adoption of mobile devices and applications by seniors? How big is the market?

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Q&A: How SMS aids Deaf research and communication

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Media Access Australia spoke with Erin Walsh and Meaghan Arundell from the Australian National University ahead of their presentations at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference in Melbourne on how SMS is being used as a research and communication tool for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

The conference, being run at Swinburne University’s Hawthorn campus from 9-11 July, tackles a diverse range of issues in the media and communication space, including issues around disability and media access.

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Telstra backs ACCAN’s Apps For All challenge

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Australian app developers have been encouraged to enter the Apps For All challenge following the news that significant cash and career development prizes have been added to the inaugural competition.

Apps For All, a partnership between the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission, now offers the winners in all four categories a $1500 cash prize, thanks to Telstra’s signing on as sponsor of the competition.


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