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July 2013
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23 July 2013 Research to make white canes smarter
A new device is being developed by Curtin University researchers which uses sensors to enhance the white canes used by people who are blind and...
June 2013
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26 June 2013 DisabilityCare: accessibility essential from the very beginning
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme, DisabilityCare, launches, service providers need to be aware of the technology needs of people with...
17 June 2013 Accessibility improvements announced at Apple WWDC
A number of new features announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held in San Francisco last week reveals some potential...
14 June 2013 ABC to improve app accessibility
The ABC has agreed to make its main mobile app accessible after complaints made to the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes.
13 June 2013 Opinion: Do we still need specialist technology?
Dr Scott Hollier shares his scepticism about some of the latest mobile devices to hit the disabled market.
04 June 2013 Mobile technology and disability at the M-enabling conference
The Australian Communications Consumer Network (ACCAN) has announced the major speakers at the M-enabling Australasia Conference. The event will...
03 June 2013 News from the Round Table on Information Access 2013
Access to information through digital technologies was discussed and highlighted at the 2013 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print...
May 2013
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31 May 2013 Computer literacy boosted in South African schools
Phone manufacturer Huawei has partnered with the Khulisani Foundation to launch a training program in South Africa to increase computer skills...
22 May 2013 Google petitioned on accessibility
Software giant Google has been petitioned by J.P. Shandra, a blind user, to make each of its products usable for people with disability. The petition...
16 May 2013 The 2013 Print Disability Roundtable
The Roundtable on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is a forum of 40 organisations from Australia and New Zealand. Its upcoming...
08 May 2013 Disability: the untold story of the NBN
We sat down with Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner and National Broadband Network Champion, to talk about how high-speed internet...
07 May 2013 Global Accessibility Awareness Day down under
To celebrate the second Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Thursday 9 May, a number of volunteer groups are holding events in capital cities around...
02 May 2013 Tactile smartphone in development
The world's first tactile smartphone could be available in stores by the end of the year. Currently in prototype phase, the phone uses a mouldable...
April 2013
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24 April 2013 Facebook Home inaccessible on Android
Android users who rely on assistive technology might have to wait a little longer until Facebook Home becomes accessible. Facebook Home, a new...
22 April 2013 2013 Access Awards winners announced
The winners of the 2013 Access Awards presented by the American Foundation for the Blind have been announced, honouring the work of organisations...
17 April 2013 Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2013
Thursday 9 May marks the second annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising the profile of web accessibility amongst web...
12 April 2013 Feature: SIMO – Australia’s indoor mapping project
For most people, great ideas are triggered by an event or experience that pushes them to do something. For Sydney industrial designer Euan Ramsey-...
11 April 2013 Women with disability disadvantaged in ICT
The digital divide experienced by people with disability is wider for women, new research finds. A report released by Women with Disabilities...
02 April 2013 Google Chromebook: an accessible and affordable netbook
Google has finally launched its long-awaited netbook in Australia. This is welcome news for anyone who wants access to an affordable and light-weight...
March 2013
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18 March 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 accessibility
Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, was launched on Friday with Samsung claiming the device would “bury” its biggest rival, the iPhone 5....

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