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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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Print Disability Round Table: staff picks

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The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disability is on in May. Held in Brisbane, the four day conference will cover almost everything relating to how people with blindness, vision impairment or perceptual disabilities access information. This year, presenters will focus on how the needs of the user can be put at the centre of technology design, policy and implementation. Here, some of our staff members have picked out their favourite sessions.

Alex Varley, CEO

Keynote address: University access and equity for students with a disability

Presented by Mary Kelly, Equity Director, Queensland University of Technology, Equity Section, Administration Services, Sunday 9.30 am

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New tool adds audio description to YouTube videos

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Blind or vision impaired people will have an additional way to access audio description services on YouTube videos through a new experimental online software program, YouDescribe.

Audio description is an additional audio track that provides a description on the visual elements of a video, TV broadcast or performance. Unlike closed captions, which are becoming widespread across the web, audio described videos are rarely available online.


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Access conference comes to Brisbane

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Registrations for the 2014 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities are now open. The annual conference focuses on how the changing technology landscape affects and benefits those with vision and perception related disabilities.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘putting the person at the centre’. The program states that “Person-centred approaches empower people with a print disability by positioning them at the centre of policy, decision-making and service planning and delivery.” The four-day event covers topics such as Braille, web access, entertainment and education.


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Help us improve our website

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In an effort to provide the most relevant information on the most accessible website we can, Media Access Australia is seeking feedback from readers about our website. 

The simple 5 minute survey is an opportunity to tell us what you are interested in and what you would like to see more of on our site. Importantly, you can also let us know how you find the website’s accessibility.

“Our readership is incredibly diverse in terms of people’s interests and needs as users. Every day we talk to people who might be using a piece of assistive technology that radically changes how they experience the site. Gaining insight into that is vital for us being the best we can be,” said Online Editor Eliza Cussen.

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