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Digital technology

A guide to the mainstream technologies that are affordable and accessible, helping people with a disability access information when and where they choose.  

Visit this section to get the latest on the technologies making the most impact.

Latest News

  • Thursday, 23 October 2014
    Awards recognise accessible websites

    Australian web users stand to benefit from increased access to websites thanks to the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) 2014 Web Awards.

  • A bill was today introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, which would remove the requirement that free-to-air broadcasters need to report annually on their compliance with captioning targets.

  • Monday, 20 October 2014
    The New Zealand Captioning Awards

    Individuals and organisations which have contributed to the advancement of captioning will be honoured at the New Zealand Captioning Awards, to be held in Auckland on 27 November.

  • Friday, 17 October 2014
    Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop

    Google has announced the availability of the next version of its Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

  • A recent article on the VOD Professional website highlights that fact that most video on demand (VOD) services in the UK still lack closed captions.

  • Commentary by Anne McGrath, Education Manager, Media Access Australia

    The education community has been anticipating the Australian Government’s newly released Review of the Australian Curriculum. The Review is well considered, comprehensive in nature and holds interest for all teachers, including those who work with students with disability and diverse learning needs.

  • A partnership between Ai-Media and Discovery Kids will culminate in the launching of Australia’s only television channel dedicated to primary school education with 100% captioned content, on Foxtel on 3 November.

Welcome to Media Access Australia

This website provides information on access to media using technology. It covers a wide range of practical information on access issues involving TV, DVDs, cinema-the-arts, the artsXXX, new media and education; and access technologies including captioning (primarily used by people who are Deaf and hearing impaired) and audio description (primarily used by people who are blind and vision impaired). You will also find information on rules and regulations affecting access, and levels of access on various types of media in Australia and the rest of the world. The key to our service is keeping people up-to-date with the world of accessible media.

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