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Q&A with Sonokids Australia: education through gaming for children with disability

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We spoke with Phia Damsma, co-founder and Creative Director at Sonokids Australia, to learn about the processes involved in creating accessible, educational computer programs for children with disability. Phia tells us about her award-winning projects and motivation to create accessible content for children.

Sonokids Ballyland. Image credit: Sonokids Foundation

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Xbox Accessories app supports standard controller remapping

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The recently updated Xbox Accessories app from Microsoft now provides button remapping support for standard Xbox One controllers, adding to the list of native accessibility features available on the Xbox One gaming console.

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Digital Gap pushes for change by 2017

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The call for improvement to digital accessibility for people with disabilities moved to Parliament House in Canberra with a call for significant change to happen by 2017, which is the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Two glass jars of peanut butter. Smooth on the left and crunchy on the right.


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New accessible gaming resources available

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Media Access Australia’s gaming specialists have joined forces to bring you brand new information on accessible mainstream and mobile gaming options across Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Google devices.

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UK TV access report shows over compliance

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The UK regulator Ofcom has released its access compliance report for the first two quarters of 2015 and it shows that generally all quotas have been exceeded.

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Digital Gap Initiative invites you to Parliament

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The Federal Parliament will be the venue for a major accessibility event showcasing developments and issues in digital accessibility.

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Apple to provide accessibility support around NDIS conference

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Apple is presenting its accessibility technologies at the NDIS New World Conference in Brisbane next week. The tech giant has prepared an "Accessible House" in the main conference exhibition space, with an interactive exhibit promoting and featuring accessible devices, apps and accessories to assist people to do more around the home and office.

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The seminar will feature products such as the iPhone and iPad, and will cover options for vision, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities. In addition to this, every Apple store in Australia will be running an accessibility workshop on Saturday 31 October at 9:30am.


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Blind Citizens Australia wraps up successful convention in Perth

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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.


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Digital Inclusion Index measures access in Australia

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A new Melbourne-based research project has launched with the aim of discovering the reach of digital inclusion in Australia.

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Australian Game Developer Awards set to honour accessibility and representation of people with disabilities

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Nominations are open for the Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) until Friday 2nd October, awarding accessible design and games representing marginalised groups, including people with disabilities.

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