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June 2016
Date Published News headline and description
17 June 2016 Political websites offer a lesson in access
Election campaigns… The drudgery of all those politicians, political parties and media outlets all vying for your attention. Trying to get the latest...
16 June 2016 Curtin University receives grant to investigate the impact of mobile apps on people with a disability
An investigation by researchers at Curtin University into how mobile apps can support individuals with a disability has been awarded the 2016 Dr...
14 June 2016 Apple announces minor software accessibility improvements at WWDC 2016 conference
Apple has announced a number of new features in its range of products at its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), with a focus on...
14 June 2016 Lets talk cognitive – a communication reviewer’s perspective
Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, recently wrote The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide....
10 June 2016 New Zealand holds an inquiry into captioning
New Zealand’s Government Administration Committee has announced an inquiry into captioning, and is seeking submissions from the public.
09 June 2016 PCWA online course aims to promote accessibility
Inclusion and accessibility are hot topics that impact on the daily lives of around 25% of the population who have a disability or impairment. And...
08 June 2016 How the blind experience the internet
What is the internet like when you have a vision impairment? Chris Moury, who has rapidly declining vision, speaks about this topic on Control Z, a...
07 June 2016 A demo of Microsoft Office 365’s new accessibility features
Microsoft has recently updated Office 365 with three main new features that enhance accessibility for users with vision impairments. We provide an...
06 June 2016 Audio description trial on iview ending soon
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s online iview service, which commenced in April 2015, will soon be drawing to a close.
02 June 2016 Election websites accessibility report – improving but still difficult to use
Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, recently tested a number of websites related to the upcoming Federal...
01 June 2016 Vivid Sydney includes AD at the festival
Last week Sydney saw the launch of Vivid, which is claimed to be the largest Winter festival of light, music and creativity in the country. Although...
May 2016
Date Published News headline and description
30 May 2016 A disabled gamer influenced Naughty Dog to improve accessibility in Uncharted 4
Video game developer Naughty Dog has recently updated the accessibility options, thanks to the insight from a gamer with cerebral palsy.  After...
27 May 2016 ACMA publishes preliminary captioning exemption orders for Telstra Pay TV
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published preliminary exemption orders for 34 channels provided on Telstra Pay TV for...
25 May 2016 More than 2,300 people have signed to legislate closed captioning in NZ
On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 19 May 2016, the New Zealand Captioning Working Group submitted a petition to Mojo Mathers, Green MP, with...
23 May 2016 “Okay Google, turn on Voice Access”
As part of its focus to make Android devices more accessible to people with disabilities, Google has launched Voice Access Beta, a new accessibility...
20 May 2016 Cognitive Disability podcast with Dr Scott Hollier
A comprehensive new booklet aims to demystify Cognitive Disability by providing a practical resource for organisational support. The author of the...
19 May 2016 5 ways to experience digital accessibility on Global Accessibility Awareness Day
As today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we thought that we would encourage some involvement amongst the community so that you can gain...
17 May 2016 MAA launches the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide
Cognitive disability can be a difficult condition to understand. This is particularly the case for organisations wanting to be able to find out how...
13 May 2016 VoiceView improves vision-impaired access on budget-priced Kindles
Earlier this week Amazon introduced text-to-voice accessory ‘VoiceView‘ to its more affordable Kindle models, starting with the Kindle Paperwhite (...
12 May 2016 Apple Store adds new access section in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Individuals with impairments can now find third party accessible accessories for Mac, iPad and iPhone devices to suit their specific needs under the...

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