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US Government sets assistive app challenge

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A challenge announced last week by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) could see a suite of apps developed to help boost employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The goal of the app challenge is to increase employment levels for people with disabilities by promoting resources using accessible mobile technology to assist both employers and job seekers. 

Each app submitted to the challenge should achieve at least one of the following goals:

Digital media and technology: 

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Disability ignored in Government’s Convergence Review

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The Government yesterday released the long awaited Convergence Review, disappointing many by neglecting to address access problems for people with disabilities.

The Review examined policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to ‘converged media’, media that is a combination of diverse communications platforms, for example, television content that is now available online. 

On release of the Background Paper last year, The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, said “Media and communications industries affect the lives of every Australian, and the Convergence Review will have important outcomes for our society.”


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Top accessible gifts for the festive season

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If someone you know is blind, vision impaired, Deaf or hearing impaired, there are a number of accessible gifts that can help improve their access to and enjoyment of media this festive season.

Here are our top picks:


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Access conference calls for papers

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The Roundtable on Print Disability, hosted by the Western Australian Association for the Blind, is calling for papers for its April 2012 conference.  The conference covers a wide range of topics around blindness, vision impairment and other print disabilities. Topics include education, digital delivery of print materials, web accessibility, assistive technology and audio description.

The theme for the 2012 conference is “Universal access - are we there yet?” focusing on the impact of digital technology on a space which was formerly occupied by books and print media.

“We're closer than ever to the goal of universal access to information for people who can't read print. But are we there yet?” the call for papers asks. “What new barriers has technology introduced? Is accessibility in mainstream technologies inevitable, and is it good enough?”


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