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Digital technology

A guide to the mainstream technologies that are affordable and accessible, helping people with a disability access information when and where they choose. 

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Latest News

  • The annual LEAD conference has called for proposals for pre-conference workshops and conference sessions for its 2015 event, to be held in Washington DC during August.

  • The next round of the Federal Government’s repeal red tape campaign is due to take place next month and is likely to include captioning issues. MAA has contacted a number of interest groups including Federal politicians with our recommendations on how repealing red tape could benefit the operation of the captioning elements of the Broadcasting Services Act.

  • Telstra has released an initial batch of 14 BigPond movies with open captions, with a promise to expand the service in the future.

  • The DVD supplier Redbox has agreed to makes its kiosks in California accessible for blind and vision impaired consumers, after several advocates for the blind launched a class action against it in 2012.

  • Thursday, 18 September 2014
    Telstra announces accessibility initiatives

    Telstra has announced several new initiatives aimed at improving access for people with disabilities to telecommunications services.

  • Wednesday, 17 September 2014
    ACCAN announces Apps For All Challenge winners

    The winners of the inaugural competition to recognise the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, have been announced.

  • The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released the results of a survey it undertook in the lead-up to the National Disability Forum which took place on 15 September.

Welcome to Media Access Australia

This website provides information on access to media using technology. It covers a wide range of practical information on access issues involving TV, DVDs, cinema-the-arts, the artsXXX, new media and education; and access technologies including captioning (primarily used by people who are Deaf and hearing impaired) and audio description (primarily used by people who are blind and vision impaired). You will also find information on rules and regulations affecting access, and levels of access on various types of media in Australia and the rest of the world. The key to our service is keeping people up-to-date with the world of accessible media.

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