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Australian web accessibility awarded

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The winners of the Australian Web Awards have been announced, recognising the importance of accessibility in web development and design.  The Cerebral Palsy Alliance took out the national award for best overall accessibility for its main website.

"We're delighted that there's a growing recognition of the importance of web accessibility in Australia," said Robyn Cummins, Manager of the Communication Design Team at Cerebral Palsy Alliance." With one in five Australians with a disability and a rapidly ageing population, it should be on every organisation's agenda."

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Closed Captions now available for NZ parliamentary broadcasts

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An estimated one in nine New Zealanders use captions when watching TV. Up until recently, live broadcasts of Parliament weren’t captioned, meaning that a significant number of people were unable to observe their elected representatives at work. But following a campaign begun in 2011, all that is in the past. 

Image of NZ Green Party MP, Mojo Mathers, observing parliament on TV


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New literary magazine provides digital access for those with a disability

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The Deaf Poets Society is a digital journal for writers with disabilities that was launched in August 2016. It was created to offer people of all abilities an accessible way to access writers with a variety of disabilities, from the USA and around the world.

Photo of poet Sarah Katz taken by Valerie Wallace

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Accessibility in the workplace has widespread benefits

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Almost half of all EU citizens living with a disability are unemployed, a new study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed. As people increasingly rely on technology to get their jobs done, the report also showed that many employees who are Deaf, blind, vision, hearing or cognitive impaired, or who have a physical disability, are finding it harder to participate productively in workplaces that are not technologically accessible.

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BBC iPlayer trialling subtitles for live channels in world-first

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In a welcome development from the UK, the BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on their iPlayer platform. This is a first for any major video on-demand service in the world, as up till now, subtitles have only been available for on-demand programs.

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Captioning of online video clips to be mandatory in US

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted unanimously to make it mandatory to caption online video clips which were originally captioned for broadcast on TV.

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 gave the FCC the power to introduce rules for the captioning of online videos. The first stage of this came in 2012, when it introduced rules for the captioning of full-length programming. Following petitions from a number of groups, the FCC has now decided to extend the rules to short clips.


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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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