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Dr Scott Hollier publishes a memoir with purpose

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Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility, has just published an autobiography which he describes as ‘a memoir with purpose’ entitled Outrunning the Night. Its aim is to provide support and encouragement to disadvantaged people and the people supporting them, and he talks about his inspiring new book in a very personal and entertaining podcast.

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Listen to the complete interview where Dr Scott Hollier chats to Philip Jenkinson about his new memoir with purpose... Outrunning the Night.

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Three upcoming free arts events in Sydney and Victoria

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Media Access Australia wants to let you know about a trio of free events scheduled around the International Day Of People With Disability on 3 December. 'Youth, Mental Health and Inclusion in the Arts' will be staged in Ballarat on 28/11; 'Red Dog True Blue' is being audio described at Event Cinema Parramatta on 4/12; and you're invited to attend the 2016 Arts Access Victoria AGM on 6/12 in South Melbourne.

International day of people with disability

International day of people with disability

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Disability commissioner calls ABC transcription cuts a backward step

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The Disability Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, has blasted the decision last month from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) to cut back transcription of some news and current affairs programs on TV and radio, as a “backward step” for accessibility.

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Australian Broadcasting Commission logo

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Access & Inclusion on centre stage for Sydney Festival 2017

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The Sydney Festival is gearing up for January 2017 and the organisers are committed to making every effort to ensure that their program of activities to be staged from 7 to 29 January will be accessible to people with a disability.

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Image of Sydney Festival 2017

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Air Canada to make their in-flight entertainment accessible

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Following a human rights complaint, Air Canada has promised to make its in-flight entertainment systems accessible to visually-impaired passengers.

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Air Canada Airbus A-380

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Minister ‘not unsympathetic’ to AD on TV

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Appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program on 22 August, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield gave a positive response to a video question about Audio Descriptions (AD) on TV for people who are blind or vision-impaired. He reminded the audience that as the former Minister for Disability, he was familiar with the AD trial conducted by the ABC. It was something that, he said, ‘people during the trial thoroughly enjoyed, having access that they hadn’t previously had.’

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Q&A

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Q&A

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Vivid Sydney includes AD at the festival

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Last week Sydney saw the launch of Vivid, which is claimed to be the largest Winter festival of light, music and creativity in the country. Although Vivid is a typically visual festival, this year the organisers have made sure that individuals with a disability, including those who are blind or vision-impaired, can still be involved and enjoy the festival through audio description (AD).

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This new offering is in-line with the Sydney Opera House recent accessibility 3-year strategy plan which covers all elements of disability access for the venue, its productions and experiences.


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Deaf Australia appoints new CEO

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Deaf Australia has appointed Kyle Miers as its new chief executive officer, replacing Karen Lloyd AM, who retired in February.

Miers has been a board member of Deaf Australia for nine years, and was its president for five years. He is currently Manager, Community Relations for Deaf Children Australia, and is also the secretary of the World Federation of the Deaf, Oceania.

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ABC iview on the road to accessibility

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The ABC is working on Australia’s most accessible catch-up TV service as it rolls out improvements to iview.


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Audio desciption at the Adelaide Festival

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The annual Adelaide Festival, considered one of the world’s best celebrations of the arts, kicks off on 28 February with a program full of audio described events for people who are blind or vision impaired.

Five theatre performances will be audio described by newly established Adelaide access company 


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