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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...
11 May 2016 Public Sector web and mobile app accessibility to become law in Europe
Last week, three years since its proposal, it was agreed that public sector web accessibility will now become a legal requirement in Europe; an...
10 May 2016 Highs, challenges, and the road ahead: A podcast with Alex Varley
Alex Varley was the CEO of Media Access Australia since its inception and has been an active advocate for inclusion in the changing media...
10 May 2016 ACCAN calls on networks to use windfall to improve accessibility
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has called on the free-to-air networks to use some of the windfall from a 25% cut in...
09 May 2016 Deaf Society’s president appointed as new Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Last week, it was announced that the Deaf Society’s president and former CEO of People with Disability Australia and manager of the Australian Centre...
09 May 2016 Uber's new accessibility features create job opportunities for Deaf and hearing impaired drivers
Uber has recently improved its app’s accessibility for drivers who are Deaf or hearing impaired, removing communication barriers so that they can...
04 May 2016 BBC publishes research on improving live caption timing
The BBC has released details of experiments it has undertaken which prove that it’s practical to reduce the delay in live captions appearing on the...
04 May 2016 New updates by Twitter client app Twitterrific enhance accessibility for vision impaired users
Twitterrific, a Mac OS X and iOS client for the social networking site Twitter, has launched a host of new and improved accessibility features for...
02 May 2016 Movies with AD on iTunes, May 2016
Last month we provided an up-to-date list of audio described (AD) movies in the Australian iTunes store. Some of the listed titles had specific...
April 2016
Date Published News headline and description
26 April 2016 Double accessibility dose from the Doctor
Dr Scott Hollier will be giving two presentations at the upcoming Print Disability Conference in Melbourne at the Bayview on the Park from 14-17 May.
22 April 2016 ABC seeks feedback on iview audio description trial
This month marks the anniversary of the trial of audio description for the blind or vision impaired on iview, and the ABC has released a survey in...
20 April 2016 Netflix improves accessibility for the blind
In a court settlement with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Netflix has agreed to include more audio description on its streamed content and...

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