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September 2016
Date Published News headline and description
15 September 2016 Apple launches major new mobile operating system upgrade
A week after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were launched to much fanfare, Apple has pushed out iOS 10, which overhauls some core iOS applications,...
14 September 2016 New ‘Affordable Access’ project promotes low cost accessible technology
Media Access Australia (MAA), in conjunction with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), is pleased to announce the launch of...
13 September 2016 Are you President or Board Director material? PWDA is on the lookout.
The AGM of People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) will be on 23 November and nominations for the roles of President and seven Board...
12 September 2016 Slow and unsteady does not win the race – how to complain about slow broadband
If your broadband is providing you with speeds that are consistently lower than the performance figures stated by your internet service provider (ISP...
09 September 2016 New research aims to improve web content for those with a cognitive disability
For years the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines have helped developers create a web experience that is more usable by people with disabilities. Now a research unit...
06 September 2016 What’s reading like if you’re dyslexic – a website provides insights
If you’re among the 20% of the population affected by dyslexia, there’s a website created to show your friends, family, work colleagues and those...
05 September 2016 Handy PointFinder app now available for iOS users
The PointFinder accessible navigation aid for blind and vision-impaired people was launched on the Android platform in 2014, after some advice and...
01 September 2016 New Microsoft accessibility tools are now working smarter
The latest version of the Microsoft Office 365 suite will include some important new accessibility features, using cloud-enabled ‘intelligent...
August 2016
Date Published News headline and description
31 August 2016 Online Census accessibility review - Pass or Fail
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s ‘Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility’, undertook an accessibility review of the 9 August Census…...
31 August 2016 Transcript of Dr Scott Hollier's review into the accessibility of the online Census
29 August 2016 Air Canada to make their in-flight entertainment accessible
Following a human rights complaint, Air Canada has promised to make its in-flight entertainment systems accessible to visually-impaired passengers.
26 August 2016 New initiative to improve disability access in the workplace
Access and inclusion in the workplace is a hot topic in Australia and Media Access Australia wholeheartedly applauds and supports initiatives that...
25 August 2016 Australia adopts accessible ICT procurement standards
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Standards Australia, and ACCAN have jointly announced that Australia will be the first country outside Europe to...
23 August 2016 Minister ‘not unsympathetic’ to AD on TV
Appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program on 22 August, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield gave a positive response to a video question about Audio...
22 August 2016 Gaming is growing more accessible
Video gaming hasn’t always been notable for accessibility, but as the medium grows and matures, accessibility features are becoming more available....
19 August 2016 New Zealand gives go-ahead for data-driven disability plan
The New Zealand government is committed to developing a Disability Plan in order to ensure that government agencies have the necessary digitally-...
18 August 2016 Dances With Words
Hearing impairment and Parkour probably aren’t concepts that many people immediately group together, but a new Sydney Opera House production combines...
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...

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