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Accessible movie goers asked for feedback

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In a bid to gain feedback from movie goers, Media Access Australia has today launched an online questionnaire which will provide industry with information on technical issues that everyday cinema patrons encounter with closed captioning and audio description devices used in accessible cinemas in Australia. 

The questionnaire can be filled out multiple times by people who attend these cinemas and experience technical problems with the equipment, which provides access to movies for Deaf, hearing impaired, blind and vision impaired patrons.


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Alligator clips make for accessible gaming

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Two graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who live by the belief that ‘everyone is an inventor’ have come up with an invention kit that will potentially make different technologies accessible to people with a disability.

The invention kit, called MaKey MaKey, is a circuit board that can be attached to different objects through alligator clips, turning anything into a keyboard or touch pad. Posted on crowd funding website Kickstarter, MaKey MaKey can be used to create customised keyboards to surf the web, type or play games.

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Court upholds ruling against Canadian government’s website

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The Canadian government has lost its appeal against a court ruling that said its website was in breach of charter rights of people with vision disabilities.

The Federal Court of Appeal last week upheld a court decision in 2010 that said the Canadian government failed to comply with website accessibility standards when Donna Jodhan, a blind woman from Toronto, could not apply for a job through a government website or complete the 2006 census online.     


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