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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

  • Telstra has released an initial batch of 14 BigPond movies with open captions, with a promise to expand the service in the future.

  • The DVD supplier Redbox has agreed to makes its kiosks in California accessible for blind and vision impaired consumers, after several advocates for the blind launched a class action against it in 2012.

  • Thursday, 18 September 2014
    Telstra announces accessibility initiatives

    Telstra has announced several new initiatives aimed at improving access for people with disabilities to telecommunications services.

  • Wednesday, 17 September 2014
    ACCAN announces Apps For All Challenge winners

    The winners of the inaugural competition to recognise the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, have been announced.

  • The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released the results of a survey it undertook in the lead-up to the National Disability Forum which took place on 15 September.

  • Wednesday, 17 September 2014
    Google launches Android One smartphone

    Google has announced its new low-cost smartphone, the Android One, potentially opening up smartphone features to the world's poorest 5 billion people.

  • Tuesday, 16 September 2014
    How to improve media access: complain

    People with disabilities have been urged to make formal complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission in order to encourage governments to make positive changes to policy.

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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