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August 2016
Date Published News headline and description
16 August 2016 New Microsoft tool looks like a good plan
A useful part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite is Planner. By using it, teams can create new plans; organise, assign and collaborate on tasks; set...
15 August 2016 Accessible coding training is now child's play
With coding ability rapidly becoming as fundamental a skill as literacy and numeracy, young people with a visual impairment have been facing hurdles...
11 August 2016 Closed Captions now available for NZ parliamentary broadcasts
An estimated one in nine New Zealanders use captions when watching TV. Up until recently, live broadcasts of Parliament weren’t captioned, meaning...
09 August 2016 Windows 10 still free for assistive technology users
For most people, it’s too late to take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. Yet for those with a disability who use assistive technologies (AT...
08 August 2016 New literary magazine provides digital access for those with a disability
The Deaf Poets Society is a digital journal for writers with disabilities that was launched in August 2016. It was created to offer people of all...
04 August 2016 Ai-Media wins captioning contract for ‘BBC Worldwide ANZ’
Ai-Media has been given a contract renewal to provide broadcast captioning for BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) for a further three...
03 August 2016 Media Access Australia appoints new CEO
Dr Manisha Amin has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of leading Not For Profit web and digital accessibility organisation, Media...
03 August 2016 Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 update with accessibility improvements
Microsoft has commenced rolling out a major new update to its Windows 10 operating systems on desktop, laptop and tablet devices, bringing a number...
02 August 2016 Accessibility in the workplace has widespread benefits
Almost half of all EU citizens living with a disability are unemployed, a new study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed. As people increasingly...
01 August 2016 BBC iPlayer trialling subtitles for live channels in world-first
In a welcome development from the UK, the BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on their iPlayer platform. This is a first for any...
July 2016
Date Published News headline and description
28 July 2016 ADHD students gain more Civil Rights protection in the US
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued guidance that clarifies the obligation of schools in the United...
26 July 2016 US Democratic Convention the most accessible yet
The Democratic Convention being held in Philadelphia from the 25th to 28th of July aims to be their most inclusive and accessible in history. The...
22 July 2016 Progress with accessibility needed in New Zealand
121 students took over New Zealand’s Parliament to debate about ‘Accessible Web Pages and Apps’. This was a mock bill aiming to improve accessibility...
21 July 2016 G3ict acquires IAAP in global accessibility merger
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) has announced it will be acquiring the International...
20 July 2016 Screenworks host CC and AD workshop to educate filmmakers
As part of the accessibility focus of Screenworks, they will be holding a Closed Captioning (CC) and Audio Description (AD) workshop next month, with...
18 July 2016 USAA’s new banking app allows voice-guided cheque depositing
USAA, a Texas-based Fortune 500 diversified financial services group, has recently demonstrated that banking and accessibility can easily go hand in...
14 July 2016 Google announces Android Nougat with new accessibility features
Google has officially launched its new version of Android 7.0 Nougat which will feature a number of significant accessibility additions and...
13 July 2016 Barriers for disabled gamers with Pokémon Go
The latest Pokémon game, Pokémon Go, has just been released, and instead of its usual portable game console format, it was released as a phone app....
11 July 2016 Google invests in start-up that identifies images through your phone’s camera
Google has said “oui” (yes) to buying French start-up Moodstocks, a company that specialises in rapid object recognition from smartphones. This...
08 July 2016 New free technology resource for teachers of the Deaf
Australian not-for-profit, Conexu Foundation, has developed a free resource guide for teachers aimed at students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or...

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