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Positive move toward an inclusive Australian Curriculum


The Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) has emphasised its commitment to the consideration of students with special needs in the upcoming Australian Curriculum.

ACARA acknowledge in their recent newsletter that there are necessary challenges in the provision of a curriculum suitable for students with various special needs, but that as a result “it will make Australia one of the few nations in the world with a model of curriculum provision for these students”.

Media Access Australia is enthusiastic about the potential benefits to students who have sensory impairment that will result from the development of a new and inclusive curriculum.

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Customise your news alerts now


There are many ways you can choose to receive news from Media Access Australia, and with a few easy steps you can customise your subscription by selecting both the type of news you are interested in as well as the frequency you receive it.

Here are a few points about your subscription and how you can personalise your news from Media Access Australia.

If you have already subscribed to the news alerts you must first be issued with a new password for the website.

Once logged into the site you can change your news alert preferences by going into the subscriptions tab and then choosing tags.

You are then presented with choices in both disability and media type:

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New postgraduate program in inclusive design


Time is running out to apply for Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University’s new and innovative postgraduate program in Inclusive Design.

The Master of Design in Inclusive Design was developed in recognition of the increasing demand across the world for designers and developers with expert knowledge of inclusive design principles and practices. It aims to build expertise in inclusive digital media and information and communication technologies and practices.

The majority of the program will be delivered online, facilitating the enrolment of working professionals, international students and people with a disability. The program will include two 2-week summer residencies.

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W3C to launch community and business groups


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced plans to launch two new programs in May designed to make it easy for developers, users and other stakeholders to discuss and develop Web technologies.

The community and business groups will be designed to be open forums for developing specifications, holding discussions, developing test suites and building communities around innovation.

The aim is to improve participation opportunities which in the past have been limited to people who are part of a W3C member organisation or an invited expert.

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