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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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Ofcom reveals UK television’s spotless access record

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The UK's media and communications regulator, Ofcom, has not reported a breach of access requirements on UK television in over 15 months.

British television, including digital terrestrial, subscription and digital multichannels are required to meet specific captioning, sign language and audio description levels as part of their broadcast licence conditions.

Ofcom publishes a bi-monthly Broadcast Bulletin detailing any incidents or breaches of broadcast licence conditions, including requirements for television access services.


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Access to telecommunications review launched

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The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched an inquiry into access to telecommunications services which include telephones, the National Relay Service (NRS), mobile devices and the Internet. 

The Terms of Reference to the ‘Review of access to telecommunications by people with disability, older Australians and people experiencing illness’ is now open for comment from individuals, consumers, and representatives until 19th August 2011.

The review aims to explore, in relation to people needing assistance to access telecommunication services:

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