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Inclusive design and improving access for people with visual impairments

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In the UK, young people aged 16-25 who have a vision impairment are twice as likely as others their age not to be in employment, education or training.

Rachel Hewett, Research Fellow at the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham, is researching whether a greater focus on inclusive design might help improve access to information, and so improve access to employment, education and training.

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Planning for an accessible new school year

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With the new school year comes the promise and excitement of many challenges, not the least of which is how to ensure teaching and learning resources are accessible to students.

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Deloitte reveals media, technology predictions

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Consultancy firm Deloitte has released its predictions into major technology, communications and media trends for 2015.

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Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential

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Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.

Young boy using an Oculus Rift HD Prototype headset and headphones. Image credit: Skydeas, Wikipedia Commons

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Mobile device usage surges in Australia

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released new research showing the growing use of tablet computers which, in turn, emphasises the need for improved mobile device accessibility.

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Intel offers glimpse of emerging accessible technologies

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Computer chip manufacturer Intel has revealed new technologies it is working on which will make devices such as smart phones, tablets and PCs more accessible to people with disabilities.

Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrating Intel RealSense during his keynote speech at CES 2015. Image credit: Intel


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AbleGamers select most accessible games of 2014

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AbleGamers, the organisation working to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games, has named its most accessible mainstream games of 2014.

Bayonetta wearing the outfit of The Legend of Zelda's Link, in the game Bayonetta 2 for Wii U. Image credit: BagoGames

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Android 5.0 Lollipop accessibility features – hands-on initial impressions and tips

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Dr Scott Hollier provides some useful tips and initial hands-on impressions of the accessibility features available in the latest version of Google's Android operating system, 5.0 Lollipop.

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Noteworthy accessible game releases in 2014

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Just in time to help you relax over the holidays, we've enlisted the help of UX designer, accessibility specialist and co-author of the Game Accessibility Guidelines, Ian Hamilton, to provide a list of noteworthy cross-platform accessible game releases in 2014.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us poster featuring The Flash. Image credit: wiiu-spiele.com

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Get in on the act of describing art for everyone

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Museum Victoria is seeking public contributions to help add value to its online collection of artifacts. In adding alternative texts to over 45,000 images via crowd-sourcing, the organisation is also inching towards meeting website compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA.

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