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December 2012
Date Published News headline and description
10 December 2012 Access to social media can save lives
When Hurricane Sandy bore down on the USA’s east coast, people turned to social media such as Twitter for the latest information. Sadly, due to the...
07 December 2012 Media Access Australia contributes to the NDIS
Media Access Australia will be creating a Providers Accessibility Guide as part of a suite of projects announced by the Australian Government this...
06 December 2012 Partnership to provide training for deafblind
Telstra and non-profit organisation Able Australia have joined together in a program to help increase access to technology for Australians who are...
03 December 2012 Access achievements honoured at National Disability Awards
Individuals and organisations committed to improving access to media foe people with disability were honoured at the National Disability Awards,...
November 2012
Date Published News headline and description
30 November 2012 App increases mobility for blind in Dublin
A navigation app for Apple iOS devices called Walk Dublin will help to increase the mobility of blind and vision impaired users by providing walking...
30 November 2012 Accessibility review: Microsoft Surface tablet
Microsoft's Surface tablet has promised to deliver the best of both worlds: an easy-to-use tablet for games and entertainment but also a serious...
26 November 2012 The Media Access News podcast
Our weekly Vision Australia Radio segment is now available as a podcast which can be downloaded and subscribed to through iTunes.
19 November 2012 Indoor mapping to increase mobility for blind users
Increasing the independence of people who are blind or vision impaired could be possible through indoor mapping technology, according to experts who...
12 November 2012 NVDA screen reader now recognises long description
Free screen reader for Windows, NVDA, has been updated to recognise 'longdesc', an attribute used by web developers to describe the data that is...
01 November 2012 NVDA adapted for Windows 8
The popular free screen reader Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) has been adapted for use on computers with Microsoft Windows 8, including touch...
October 2012
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26 October 2012 Windows 8 released with enhanced accessibility
Microsoft has today launched Windows 8 and its tablet version, Windows RT, the latest operating system for computers and tablets. Rather than simply...
19 October 2012 World’s first accessible gaming arcade
The AbleGamers Foundation has opened an Accessibility Arcade at the Washington DC Public Library in the USA, providing a permanent space for people...
02 October 2012 Apple Maps misses accuracy but shows accessibility
Last week when Apple released iOS 6, the software for its mobile devices, many critics pointed out the shortcomings of the newly created Apple Maps...
September 2012
Date Published News headline and description
26 September 2012 Windows 8 accessibility
The latest version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8, is due for release in late October 2012 and is radically different to its predecessors. The main...
21 September 2012 Apple iOS 6 accessibility
The release of iOS 6, the latest version of Apple's operating system for mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, has come with new features that...
03 September 2012 Windows 8 introduces accessibility features for touchscreens
Microsoft Windows 8 is set to be released on 26 October and has a number of enhanced assistive features to increase accessibility for blind and...
August 2012
Date Published News headline and description
27 August 2012 Inaccessibility even faster: Facebook’s latest update
Facebook's latest app update has improved the speed of the software but has failed to increase the app's accessibility, and made performing some...
23 August 2012 Delivering for consumers: the 2012 ACCAN National Conference
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) advocates to make Australia’s communications industry more equitable. Its National...
22 August 2012 Audiobook encourages blind and vision impaired seniors to get online
In July, Media Access Australia, in partnership with Council on The Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA) and funded by the nib foundation, released a...
09 August 2012 Rival to Siri could enhance app accessibility
A voice-activated virtual assistant tool called Nina could improve the accessibility of smartphone apps. Developed by Nuance Communications, the...

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